"Large Breed" Puppy Food

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Should you, and if you do at what age, change from feeding your Doberman "large breed" puppy food to regular puppy food? My dog is nine months old and probably close to his overall height so slowing down his bone growth doesn't seem to be as important and perhaps a higher protein food to help fill out his muscles is a better idea now. Is there a general opinion on doing this?

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What type of food are you feeding him?  You don't need to switch from one puppy food to another.  If you want to switch, I would start transitioning him onto a good quality adult food or all-stages food. 

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I've been considering switching to an all stage food. He's been eating Fromm large breed puppy food but he doesn't really like it and we've had to result to hand feeding him to get him to eat. I thought I'd try something different and started mixing in some Taste of the Wild all stage but he doesn't like that either. I want to keep him on a high-quality dog food but it's getting expensive just trying new things to see what he likes. But back to the original subject, should I keep him on "large breed" food or switch to a regular food and should I stick with puppy food or switch to adult or all-stage food?

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I don't think it matters whether you get a large breed variety or regular, as long as it has good quality ingredients and agrees with your boy's stomach.  As for puppy or regular, at 9 months it's really all personal preference but I'd feel comfortable switching to adult or all-stages.  I don't know where you're located but here (Ontario, Canada) most pet stores will allow you to return opened bags of food, and a lot of brands have small sample bags so you can find out what your boy likes.  Has he always disliked the Fromm food or is it a recent thing? 

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 I'm in Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Small sample size would be terrific but I've never seen them at any of the stores I've been to. I've been purchasing the small bags of food that run about $18 apiece! He seemed to like the Fromm at first, he'd been through a few 30 pound bags of it before he decided he didn't like it. Next I tried a bag of Taste of the Wild but he didn't like that any better. I just went out and purchased a bag of Wellness, we'll see how he does with that.