Large breed dogs grow fast, and that means the right diet and balance of nutrients is critical for proper development and the prevention of health problems in adulthood.
Adopting a puppy is exciting. You want to do the best for your new friend, and that includes feeding him a proper diet. This is important with any pup, but large breed dogs have special considerations. However, “life stage nutrition” has been questioned when based only on a dog’s numerical age. So how important is feeding a puppy food?
Rapid growth = room for mistakes
The average golden retriever grows from 14 ounces to over 65 pounds within one year – a 70-fold increase in size. Human beings take 18 years to accomplish the same thing. At the same time their joints are growing and being exposed to under- or over-nutrition, puppies are susceptible to higher weight stresses, compounding the challenges to normal development.