|Barked: Sun Mar 23, '08 6:28am PST |
|As Madison said, calcium is the biggest issue for large breed puppies. Protein, as long as it comes from proper sources (named meats and meals) is not as important. The only six star I can think of that meets this criteria is Orijen Large Breed puppy. It'd be a fine food for a Golden Retriever puppy.
The only other puppy food I recommend for large breeds is the Eagle Pack Holistic large breed puppy. The food is made in its own facilities, and they are good quality control. The company did extensive research on Great Dane growth, and formulated a food accordingly. Solid Gold did the same, but due to recent information, I have a hard time recommending it any more.
After those two, I would just feed a good quality adult food. Puppy foods, for the most part, are a gimmick, to me. They aren't much different than adult formulas. Looking at the Blue Buffalo, the Large Breed Puppy has very similar levels to the Chicken and Brown Rice. That's true of most puppy foods. That being said, any All Life Stages food will be fine. These include:
Innova (not EVO)
Wellness (not CORE)
Nature's Variety (not Instinct)
Blue Buffalo (I think the Wilderness might be alright, as well)
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