Food for little big dogs
When we set out to make Nature's Recipe® Large Breed Puppy Recipe, we needed to keep in mind what large breed puppies need: energy, muscle development, controlled weight gain, and good digestion. So we started with chicken meal, a high quality protein source to keep your puppy's muscles developing. Then we added oatmeal, a lean carbohydrate source, for energy. Last but not least, we used chicory root for soluble fiber to help keep your puppy's digestive track happy.
Control of food consumption is an important part of raising a healthy large-breed puppy. Free choice feeding (always having a full bowl available) should be avoided until your puppy reaches its mature skeletal size (12 - 24 months depending on breed). Use the feeding directions below as a guideline and adjust as needed to maintain a normal growth rate for the breed of your dog. Provide plenty of water at all times.
From weaning to six months of age, feed the recommended amount in 3 feedings per day. Over 6 months of age, feed the
recommended amount in 2 feedings per day. Always introduce new diets gradually.
|Crude Protein||Min. 22.0%|
|Crude Fat||Min. 10.0%|
|Crude Fiber||Max. 4.0%|
|Vitamin E||Min. 100 IU/kg|
|Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)*||Min. 0.1%|
|Glucosamine*||Min. 325 mg/kg|
|Chondroitin Sulfate*||Min. 120 mg/kg|
|Omega-6 Fatty Acids*||Min. 2.0%|
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids*||Min. 0.25%|
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
|weight of dog (lbs)||weaning to 6 months||6-12 months||**Greater then 12 months
|3-10||½ - 1½||¼ - ¾|
|10-20||1½ - 3||¾ - 1½|
|20-50||2 - 5½||2¼ - 4¼||1½ - 2¾|
|50-75||4¼ - 5½||2¾ - 3¾|
|75-100||5½ - 7¼||3¾ - 4¾|
|Over 100||Add ½ cup for every 10 lbs. of body weight over 100 lbs.|
**Measurements are based on a standard 8-oz. cup.
Feed pregnant and nursing dogs 2 to 4 times the adult recommended amount divided into 2 to 4 feedings per day.