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Oh where oh where did those posts and links go?  

The topic title escapes me now.  People posted where to review dog food brands.  I started to read it a couple days ago, but sincej been hopping all over this site gathering information to store in my brain for future use.  I am going to use up most of the dog kibble on hand and then switch to a good quality one that is going to be Daymian's forever food.

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Just make sure you leave enough to convert Daymian over, you don't want to deal with diarrhea. I get a magazine, whole dog journal. It has a list of best dog foods.

However she states that, different dogs require different dog foods. I would go to a petsmart or a pet specialty store that can help you find the right dog food for your dog.

I work at petsmart and one of the first things I do with a petparent is take them to the grooming salon where a groomer can look at the skin and suggest something or a general idea of what to look for. Most stores are really knowledgeable. I dont know about other petsmarts, but we have monthly tests on every dog food brand that includes ingredients and uses.

Stay away form grocery brand foods mostly. I personally use Nature's Recipe, which is holistic. My paticular brand is all life stages, grain free, and uses simple carbohydrate and fish for easy digestion.

Good luck!!

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I am wondering if this is the link you are looking for? It's a great website.

 

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

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YES!  That was one of the 2 or  3 links on a recent forum.   One link was better than the other in my perspective anyway!    Thank you!

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Kar-jinx:

Here are some helpful links for you!

 http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ 

This link is where you can see the "rating" of pretty much every dog food out there.  Rated from 1-6 stars.  Then you can also read WHY they get the rating they get.  I would stick with 4 stars and up! Anthing listed from 1-3 stars I personally would stay away from.

Here are some links that will help inform you about the "truth" behind most of the "commericial" dog foods owned by major corporations:

 http://www.rense.com/general70/dead.htm

http://www.naturalnews.com/012647.html

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1607483,00.html

If you are going to shop at Petsmart for your food, I would recommend "Blue Buffalo" brand.  Chloe is doing GREAT on this food, and it truly is a QUALITY dog food.  The people at the blue buffalo company are also very helpful with any questions, concerns, etc.  You can call their customer service dept. for anything at all, questions. etc.

I believe Petsmart also carries "Wellness" which is also a great food.  Innova is also good (not sure if Petsmart carries that).

We feed Chloe "Blue Buffalo Puppy for Large Breed) chicken & brown rice.

Just stay away from all the "popular" brands like Science Diet, Eukanuba, Purina, Pedigree, Beneful, Nutro, or anything else with CORN or BY PRODUCTS listed as an ingredient.  Hope this helps!!

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I told a friend about the sites too.  She bought an 8 week old puppy on May 5th.  I think that anything you can buy at your local Walmart is probably a junk food equivilant.  So is most of the advertised on t.v. food.  

Thanks for the advice.

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www.dog.com/dogfood

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www.petcurean.com

Make sure you stay away from grocery store dog foods. Commerical dog foods have a lot of fillers in it, which isn't nutritious at all. Many of them have most common food allergens like soy, corn, wheat, artificial colors and flavors. Meat by products are also in commerical dog foods.

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Hi I saw Innova mentioned . We used to use the walmart bought stuff until we really learned about how bad it is. We've been using Innova for a while now for my two (Huskies) now and the future puppy (Doberman) . We get it right at Pet Smart. Im only a little concerned since Proctor & Gamble bought Natura and Innova is part of that. They say it will remain the same , we shall see. 

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i use purina one for my cats and my dobe. its not the most expencsive and not the cheapest. our vet always recommends this for us. and our animals do great on it, and nice coat and good #2 and never bloat. i refered to my doberman book for a good grade food for my pup and the one we have him on, "purina one for large breed dogs puppy formula" falls in the super premuim food. dobes are work dogs with lots of energy they need higher vol of protiens and fats.

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Leonardo:

With all due respect, please let me inform you of some things that you may or may not be aware of:

Purina One is a horrible dog food, regardless of what any Vet will tell you.  The first 5 ingredients in this dog food are "Chicken, brewers rice, whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal, whole grain wheat"  Corn is a completely USELESS ingredient, which is not easily digestible, but is commonly used in commericial dog foods because it is a CHEAP "filler".  Secondly, "by-product meal" well......I'd rather not even get into detail as to what "by-product" actually means, nor what it has in it.  Just trust me when I say "you do NOT want your dog eating that".  Thirdly, "wheat" is one of the #1 causes of allergies in dogs, and also used as a cheap filler.

This is why a knowledgable dog person, (or vet) will tell you to look for dog food that does NOT contain any of the above ingredients.

Also, the first ingredient listed is "chicken" which is good, however, because chicken itself contains 80% water, by the time it goes through the cooking process of the kibble......the "chicken" will move much further down the list of ingredients.  So in other words, the first ingredient is probably "brewers rice".  

Another thing, so you know......why do you think SO MANY Vetarinarian offices have Purina and Science Diet products on their shelves??  And why do you think they also recommend there food?  Well, Vets are offered incentives and bonuses from "Hills" and "Nestle" and "Procter & Gamble" (the makers of major commerical dog foods) to keep their foods on their shelves, and also to RECOMMEND their dog foods.

In addition, so you know, a Veternarian is only required to take a 3 week course on "nutrition" when they go to Vet school.  And guess who teaches those classes??  Yep, the representives from one of the 3 listed corporations above.  Hills is even known for paying a high percentage of Vets school loans in return for recommending their dog foods.  It's crazy, but it's true.

Trust me, my Father is a medical Doctor, and he gets some of the same incentives from the Pharmaceutical Industry for writing prescriptions for certain medications, and keeping it stocked in his office.  It's no different when it comes to Vets.

Go to this link, and you'll see how "Purina One" is rated, and why.  Dog foods are rated from 1 star to 6 stars.  Most of your "commercial" dog foods that people think are "Premium" are actually only rated with ONE star.  Most of the dog foods that are actually QUALITY dog food, most people have never heard of!  Why?  Well.....because it's not a "commericial" dog food which advertised all over TV, or seen in Vets offices!!  There are MANY great dog foods out there, that will be pretty much the same price as your Science Diets, or Purinas, Eukanuba, Iams, etc. etc.

Good Dog Foods (just to name a few):  Wellness, Innova EVO, Blue Buffalo, Orijen, Tast of the Wild, Precise Holistic, Acana, Artemis, Instinct, Before Grain, and many more.

Bad Dog Foods:  ANY dog food you can buy at a grocery store, and Science Diet, Purina One, Purina Pro Plan, Eukanuba, Pedigree, Iams, Beneful, Bil Jac, Advance, Black Gold, and many more.

I urge you to take the time to research and learn about to how to properly read the ingredient list on a bag of dog food, and NOT LISTEN to what other people tell you (myself included) or Vets, but read it and study it for yourself, then you'll know.  Also, so you, there ARE many Vets out there that will tell you the same thing I'm telling you now, the difference is, they are NOT excepting the incentives from major corporations to recommend their garbage dog foods.  

No disrespect from this message, I only want to encourage and help EVERYBODY when it comes to what they feed their Dobies, or ANY animal for that matter!

Click on this link, and you will see how "Purina One" is rated, and WHY:

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=262&cat=7

 

Let me know if you have any questions!

 

 
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Also Leonardo......your Doberman pup should be on a puppy formula that does NOT have high amounts of protein and fat in it.  (below 28% protein is good) To much protein and fat will cause the pup to grow to fast, which in turn, could lead to joint problems later in life.

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thank you so much for all your help. i will take all the help i can get here, this is my firts dog so i am learning alot these days. i honestly thought this was a good food, we have been feeding it (cat food of course) to our cats for years, and again the vet recom, (your points does make sense about vet incentives) i spent at least a good 30mins at petsmart reading and talking dog food brands/qualities. they said blue & nutro are there best sellers. what is the best brand you have had exp with or have heard great things about. price is not an issue here, again i thought this was a good food. one more quesion the lady at petsmart said there stool should turn white after outside a few days if on a quality food, is this true, and he will not go or be hungry as much when on a quality food? sorry two more? what should i look for in a 110% great quality food, and what should not be in there? should i take Leo off this purina one NOW or should i finsih out this 35lb bag? if its best i will start a one/two week switch out of food if i should and trash this purina one. also would it affect him if i switch his food again? he is about 9 weeks old now, if i switch this will be his 3rd switch, from breeder to me, and now. i dont want to stress him out to much. so would this affect him much?

we thank you again for all the help,

Adam & Leonardo

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Hooray, Adam and Leonardo!!

Good for you for being willing to consider something different (and better!) for Leonardo! If price is not an issue, you might want to consider not feeding kibble at all, and feeding raw!  (Oh, there I go, tossing another option into the ring. LOL!) Canned is also better than kibble. Grain free is much better than food with grains. (Grains can cause a lot of allergies.)

There's a great thread on feeding raw here. http://www.gentledoberman.com/forums/doberman-pinscher-discussion/doberman-health/raw-food-thumbs

And here's an article from a holistic vet online about the different kinds of pet foods, rating them from best to worst - kibble is at the low end of the list.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/07/21/13-pet-foods-ranked-from-great-to-disastrous.aspx

Be forewarned - Petsmart may or may not carry raw diets.

As for switching him over, you want to do it slowly again, so don't pitch the Purina. It's not making him sick, so you can ease him over to a new diet. I don't know about the poop turning white comment - my dogs' never did, unless it had been in the yard a long, long time. (As in, I didn't see it to clean it up!)  What you WILL see is LESS poop on a better diet. Many people say that their raw fed dogs feces smell less as well.

Welcome to the forum - it's a great bunch of people here. I agree totally with Bdyer's opinion, and got the same info from my holistic vet about why vets aren't as knowledgable about nutrition.

There area  ton of good kibbles out there and the best one is the one your dog does best on. There are some super high end kibbles out there that Dobermans don't do well on, and some fairly lower end ones that they do great on.  I know a ton of Doberman people (breeders and handlers) that have fed Pro-Plan (usually performance) for a zillion years and their Dobes look great on it.  I fed pro-plan for many years and really didn't have any problems with it - just wanted a higher quality kibble with no corn or wheat.

PetsMart and Petco are now carrying some higher end kibbles, but truly if you want a better selection find an independently owned feed store to find brands that the big box stores don't have. 

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Leonardo:

As I'm sure you will see soon enough, you can ask "what" you should feed your Dobie and you might get 10 responses with 10 different answers.  Yes, I also know MANY dog lovers that feed that food Purina Pro Plan, but I stronly disagree with it, and the bottom line is this:  Pro Plan still has BY PRODUCTS, which is actually listed 4th in their ingredient list.  Pro Plan also has Corn and Wheat.........3 big "no no's" on a dog food list!  STAY AWAY from "by products", it is disgusting!!  (look up the definitions of what goes into "by-products")  Fitzmar is super knowledgable on this forum, but I would NOT recommend feeding any dog ANY of the Purina dog food lines regardless of whether they do good and look good on it.

Now, to answer some of your questions:

"the lady at petsmart said there stool should turn white after outside a few days if on a quality food, is this true" : I have never heard of this.  Maybe it's true, maybe it isn't.  What I will say is that our baby Chloe IS on a great quality kibble and her stool does NOT turn white!! LOL

"what should i look for in a 110% great quality food, and what should not be in there?" :  you need to look at the INGREDIENTS listed on the bag.  Stay away from the following: "by products", anything with CORN, anything with WHEAT, SOY, artificial coloring or additives.  Look for something with all natural ingredients, with no preservatives.

"should i take Leo off this purina one NOW or should i finsih out this 35lb bag" : personally, if it were me, I would start the transition process now, then toss the rest of the Purina AFTER Leo has adjusted to the transition.  Let's say you are feeding him 1 cup 3x per day.  Start with 25% of the new mixed with 75% purina.  Do that for 3-4 days.  Then switch to 50% new, 50% old for 3-4 days.  Then 75% new with 25% old for another 3-4 days.  Then 100% new.  If everything looks ok with Leo's stool, then toss the rest of the Purina.

Our pup Chloe went through 3 food switches too (1 with the breeder, then 2 with us) before she was 10 weeks old, but she is doing GREAT now.  This is why I recommend switching him now, because if he gets used to a low quality kibble as a young pup, then when you introduce him to a higher end kibble later, it might be to "rich" for him, and he may not adjust to it (diarrhea, etc.).

My food recommendation:

If you want to shop at Petsmart or Petco (which is where I go) I would try either "Blue Buffalo Puppy for Large Breed" (it's in a peach colored bag).  We have Chloe on this dog food, and it is a GREAT kibble, and Chloe does very very well on it.  She also LOVES it!  Or, you can try "Wellness Core" which is also a great kibble.  There are many other great kibbles out there as Fitzmar, but these are the only 2 brands I would by from there.  To my knowledge, Nutro still has some of the ingredients that I would stay away from, though it IS better than Purina.

Also, you will notice that Blue Buffalo also carries a line of "Wilderness" (grain free), however, DO NOT feed your Dobie this line.  It has to much protein and to much fat in it, and as I stated before, this could cause your pup to grow to fast, which "could" cause problems later in life.  As far as "grains" being in dog food, it is NOT bad at all, as long as your puppy doesn't have any reaction to them.  Grain free dog foods are more or less intended for dogs or puppies that have allergies to them.  If your pup does fine on Purina One, then he will most likely do fine with any other grain food.

FYI:  when looking at ingredients on a bag of dog food, you always want your first TWO ingredients to be listed as a "meat" product.

Here is what we feed Chloe (12 weeks old):  1 cup 3x per day (blue buffalo brown rice & chicken puppy for large breed).  For her breakfast, we add 1 teaspoon of Fish Oil on top of her kibble, which is great for Brain & Eye development, and is also GREAT for her skin and coat.  Then, 1x per week we give her a CAN of Blue Buffalo as a "treat", which she also LOVES.  This way, she gets kibble 6 days per week, and 1 day per week a combo of kibble and canned food.  We actually just took her to the Vet on Saturday, and the Vet commented on how healthy her coat looks. :-)

Best of luck to you Leonardo, and keep me updated on Leo's progress during the transitioning period.  "If' he gets a little Diarrhea during this process, it IS normal, but if the Diarrhea pursists, then blue buffalo might not be for him.  Chloe had diarrhea for 4-5 days when we switched her off of Puppy Chow (the breeder had her on that garbage) but her stooles eventually became solid again, and now she is going great.

Good luck!!

 

 

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Sorry for my BOOK of a post!! LOL  Sometimes I can't seem to write a SHORT post!

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It might have been a book, but it was good reading!  LOL!

Yep, everyone's got an opinion. I used to feed Science Diet. (ACK!)

And because of Lib's problems, I educated myself, found a terrific holistic vet, and learned to do better. I wanted to do better. I'm still learning, and don't figure I'll stop until I'm pushing up daisies. (Even then I'll just be learning something else, somewhere else.)  ;-)

You just do the best you can do. And if you don't feel like it's enough, you do more.

There. There's your Zen thoughts for the day.   LOL!

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I have a friend who feeds a raw diet only and her dog's stool turns white in a day or 2, then diasappears totally when it rains.  She says tha is why you don't see a lot of carnivore poop in a forest, IF you can find any!

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you all are amazing! thank you again! you know its funny we took leo to another vet today for his preop for his ear crop, and we just asked what food the recommend, and it was science diet, what do you know it is all over the office, LOL. i see what you mean by incentives. my wife loved your point to, she is a NP and goes through it all the time with drig reps. like i said before this is our first dog (our kid warm up)  and i didnt know there was so many diff grades of food, treats................

now leo does have a little dry/flakey skin, i found some reviews on nutro large breed puppy and said it fix the issue for them. what should i look for as an ingr to fix this? i think it is the weat and corn, is that correct? we starting giving him a cap of fish oil for the acne and it is working great, and putting a nice shine on his coat a little stinky though.

what if i bought one of the smaller bags of the higher quality kibble and viewed the results before going all in on another big bag? is that bad to have the possiblity of changing "again" or would it be ok?

so in all your guys opinions how would you rate the brands, nutro, blue buff, natures recipe, avo, wellness. so far with my research all over its looking like blue buff. now what is the benefit of this grain free food? (allergies)? should this help with the dry skin?

i should be looking for a mid proties% and a mid fat% correct?

YET AGAIN THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH, id be lost without ya's!

BTW- we are going for our crop tomorrow, then we pick him up on thurs, we are going with the medium crop. im so nervus!

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also i love the book posts, they help me so very much!

I posted some pics of Leo take a look.

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Just saw the picture of Leo.....he is ADORABLE!!  So precious! :-)

Let me TRY and make this one short......glad to hear you are leaning towards the Blue Buffalo, I think it is a GREAT kibble, great price for the ingredients, and our little Chloe does great on it.  Let me just clarify a couple things for you:

1.  The only "Grain Free" Blue Buffalo line is the "Wilderness" one, however, the Wilderness line only makes ONE Puppy formula, but it NOT intended for "large breed" puppies.  Way to much protein and fat......so I would not recommend it.  Blue Buffalo Company does NOT recommend it for Dobies either.

2.  Blue Buffalo makes "Brown Rice & Chicken for Large Breed Puppies" which DOES have grains in it, but.......they are GOOD grains.  No Corn, No Wheat, etc. etc.  Read the Ingredient list on the bag, you might want to try it yourself! LOL  This is what Chloe is on, and she is doing great on it.

3.  My advice, take Nutro foods OFF your list of possibilities, even though it is better than Purina or Science Diet, it's still just a mediocre kibble.  I believe they still use some ingredients that are "no no's" anyways.

4.  So you know, "if" the Blue Buffalo doesn't work for any reason after trying the transition, you can take back the remainder of the food (even if there is only a little bit left) and they will give you a FULL  REFUND (with receipt) or a FULL STORE CREDIT (without receipt).  So it doesn't really matter if you get a small bag or a large bag, you can get your money back regardless.  Now that is a company that stands behind their product I would say!!

5.  Personally, with what Petsmart or Petco carries, I would narrow your decisions to either Blue Buffalo or Wellness Core.  After my extensive research, I just personally felt that Blue Buffalo had a slight edge over Wellness, but.........Wellness is still a great kibble too.

6.  As far as the dry skin, I would imagine that the daily Fish Oil should take care of that, in addition to eating a good kibble.  Once Leo is off the Purina One completely, you should start seeing some drastic changes in his coat, dry skin, etc.  Just start with the Fish Oil now, while your making the transition.  Oh yeah....one more thing, with the Blue Buffalo, Chloe has soooooooooooo much energy.  Once we switched her to BB, her energy levels went through the roof.  Which sometimes is NOT a good thing! LOL

Keep me posted, let me know how he does once you make the switch!

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Here are some recent pics of our baby Chloe.  She just got her ears done last Thursday.  She gets her surtures taken out this Thursday, then she'll wear the cone for another week......then the "posting" will start!

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And here she is just days before the ear cropping! 

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What a cutie she is!!! No turning back now!!!! She will be a stunner when she grows up.....

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she is gorgeous! how old is she? they didnt post them right after the cropping? we get to pick leo up tomorrow, my gosh i sure do miss him already, LOL! they said they will have them posted, and stiched up, then we take him back in a week for stich removale, then we have  more follow ups through the week. they didnt say he was going to get a cone, was that by your request? does she sleep with it on? they told us to just get some baby socks/booties.

so grain free isnt that bog of a deal then? well just make sure it has the right grains in it right?

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Maybe some Vets do it differently, I honestly wondered the same thing.  I was expecting to pick her up with the ears already posted up.  Instead, he put some hard styrofoam inside her ear to hold them up, and she'll have that for 2 weeks.  The stitches come out tomorrow, then he will put a fresh set of styrofoam in her ears.  Then, I take her back the week after and he will start the official taping, then thank God the cones comes OFF.  The cone is so she can't rip her stitches out since there is no protection around them.  And yes, she sleeps just fine with it one, it bends.

Like I said, I did wonder the same thing, but.......I saw plenty of Dobies that were done by this Vet, and he does great work.  I guess it's just his method of doing it.

I feel your pain on missing Leo......we had to leave Chloe overnight as well, I think the operation was harder on my wife and I than it was on Chloe!!  LOL  We missed her like CRAZY, and it was only 24 hours! LOL

As far as the "grains' in the food........GOOD grains are fine.  Unless your dog has allergies to them, I see no problem with feeding a dog food with grains as long the grains are GOOD ones.  Like I said before, no corn, no wheat.

Did you decide what kibble your going to get yet?

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still doing some research, reading reviews, vendor websites, blogs, and so much more, shewww im getting worn out with this food, LOL.

now what do you think of this food?

BLUE™ Freedom Grain-Free Natural Chicken Recipe Puppy Food

it a blue with no grain. i just see leo itching a little here and there, nothing crazy, coudl just be from bugs outside, we live on 2 acres in the country, so could be minor bites. but is this a good one to go with? or do i need to stick with a large breed puppy food?

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im having a hard time deciding between

blue freedom grain free chicken for puppy (i found this blue with grain free, other than the wilderness one)

27%prot, 16%fat, 7%fib

and

blue brown rice and chicken for large breed puppy

28%prot, 12%fat, 4%fib

looks like the grains are what promotes the energy, correct? man i would have never thought this could be such a hard choice.

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Funny you ask that.......I actually called Blue Buffalo Company directly to ask them the exact same question.  When we first got Chloe (she was only 5-1/2 weeks) and we started her on the BB Wilderness for Puppy.  She stayed on that for 2 weeks, and i called BB to ask them a question about the amount to feed, I told them what type of dog I had, they told me to take her OFF that puppy formula (Wilderness) because it's not really formutaled for large breed dogs.  

So, we took her off the Wilderness line and started her on BB Brown Rice & Chicken for Large Breed. I asked BB about the Grain-Free one also (the one you sent me), and they said it is NOT really formulated for a large breed dog, and they highly recommended that I use the large breed formula, with grains.  Like I said, don't let this whole "grain free" fad make you think it's better than kibble with grains, thats simply not true.  Grain Free is for dogs who are sensitive to grains, or allergies to them.  Other than that.......the Grains used in BB foods are GREAT qualtiy grains, all healthy.

As far as Leo itching a little bit........have you checked him for Fleas???  Or bug bites???  Chloe was also itching alot for a few weeks, but we started her on Advantage II for puppies and all the itching stopped.  Apparently, she had some fleas, which were basically impossible to see due to her black hair!! lol

Call BB directly, they'll tell you the same thing they told me........the ONLY puppy formula they will recommend for a large breed pup is the brown rice & chicken formula.....unless of course your pup is allergic to any of the grains used in that kibble.  If he's not, I personally would go with the large breed formula.  It's formulated to help them not grow super fast, which is healthier for there bones and joints later in life.

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The doberman is not a large breed, but a medium breed.

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m1aman:

Technically speaking, they are classified as a "large breed".  "Medium Breed" is classified as a dog weighing 20lb - 50lbs, which we all know Dobies get much bigger than that.  Most Vets now a days will still consider them to be "large breed", or maybe "medium-large".  I know quite a few Dobies though that fall into every bit of "large breed" weighing 90 + lbs.  In addition, a good majority of dog foods are also classfied this way as well.  I spoke with my Vet about this very thing, and he told me that "large breed" formula would be better suited for a Doberman.  At very least, an "all life stages" formula would probably be good to.

See this link regarding breed sizes: http://www.dogsindepth.com/dog_breed_size_chart.html

The ONLY reason I would recommend a "large breed" puppy formula for a Dobie (and my Vet as well) is because it is formulated to help the puppy NOT grow to fast.  It has less fat content in it, and a little less Protein as well.  Growing to fast is horrible on there bones & joints, and will most likely cause problems later in life "if" they grew to fast as a puppy. 

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Both the dpca and akc refer to the doberman as medium sized.

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leo is back from his crop, looking great, i will post pics this weekend. i also picked up the blue buffalo chiken and rice for large breed pups, also pick up 2 diff kinds of treats, wellness just for pups treats, and some blue buffalo heath bars, bacon egg and cheese, i had some junk bones before. i have to thank all you for helping me with this. i would have never known there is so much out there for dogs. from here on out i will research everything for my man. by the way i started just about 25% in his food today, and he went to town on it, before just on the purina one he would only finish about 75%. 

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I won't argue that, as you are correct.  AKC and DPCA does refer to them as "medium sized" dogs. However.......a lot of people (myself included) will NEVER understand how one could call a 70lb-90lb dog that grows to be 24"-28" a "medium" sized dog!  I guess as far show as "show standard" classification, they fall into the medium size for whatever reason.  Here is a National Dog Size Classification chart explaining dog sizes.

http://www.gzimti.com.cn/?p=377 

Bulldog, Boxer, Chow Chow, Hokkaido, etc. fall into "Medium" category

German Shepherd, Doberman, Labrador, Pointer dog, Akita dog, etc. fall into "Large"

I'm not here to argue, though it may seem that way.........just sharing my personal opinion.  Medium size just doesn't make sense to ME. 

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shewww you arent kidding, leo is nuts on this food, we are on the 1/2 1/2 switch right now, and he is so active.

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Yeah, Chloe absolutely LOVES the Blue Buffalo kibble, she goes crazy on it!  1 hour after eating, zoom zoom zoom......she's off to the races!!  So energetic!  Another word of advice if your not already doing this, we feed Chloe 1 cup 3x per day (she's 13 weeks old).  After we feed her, we prepare her next meal by putting 1 cup of kibble in a container, along with 1/2 cup of water.  By the time she eats her next meal, the kibble is nice and soft, and fully expanded.  Plus, this kibble does NOT contain "Citric Acid" so it's good to wet it before hand.  It also reduces the chance that she'll ever get "bloat".  Look on the back of the bag of food, they recommend serving hard or softened with water.  Try that, Leo will love it even more!!  Promise!! 

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I know this is a very old post, but I wanted to add a new post in case someone else finds this post. Blue Buffalo has been outsourcing some ingredients from China recently which is most likely the cause for the many problems people are experiencing with this brand lately. Very serious problems, diarrhea with blood in the stool. I highly suggest to not use Blue Buffalo and if you are using, switch to something else. Hope it helps!

Great website though and great post, helped me in my food research. I have not decided what I will be feeding my future dog yet. Leaning toward Wellness Core, but still undecided.

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  oh no please dont tell me that. sunna has been on bb since 10 weeks now 8 mo looks great shinny coat perfect weight 55 lbs .i really dont want to change her food but dont wnt anything from china !!!!!! i would post a pic. but not computer savey dont know how to get them from cell camera to computer . will have to wait for my son to help me . if anyone knows for sure about bb getting their ingredients from china please post. i will be watching for any changes in sunna !!