Best food for terrier puppy?

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Rocky *CGC*- With the- angels.

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Barked: Wed Feb 13, '13 11:35am PST 
I bring baby Skipper home on March 1st... He's a Parson Russell Terrier and the breeder is currently using Eukenuba Puppy food.

I'm fine with that but I was wondering if anyone else knew of a food that is great for terriers?

I don't know too much about different brands of food but I do know that Skipper will be on premium food, just like Dexter... but with Dexter, it's a bit easier...

Eukenuba for example, have a food specifically made for Jack Russell Terriers but as Parsons are a little different, I didn't know if that specific food would be a good idea?

I guess I just need help with feeding a terrier shrug

I'm open to any suggestions and they will all be greatly appreciated smile

Feisty- Girl
Barked: Wed Feb 13, '13 6:46pm PST 
Congrats on your new little guy! smile

I have to admit I’m not a fan of Eukanuba, and pretty much think those ‘breed specific’ foods are just a marketing ploy, and kinda a rip off.

I think you are in the UK? I’m not sure what brands you have available over there, but I would look for a good quality puppy food without meat by-products and grain fragments. Personally I had good results with Wellness Just for Puppy and California Natural Lamb and Rice (the puppy formula) when Abbey was a pup. At about a year old I switched to a grain free food (and then to raw.) If you have a grain free puppy food available to you that’s fine too. It’s a myth that higher protein is bad for growing pups, it the calcium/phosphorus ratio that’s more of a concern, particularly for large/giant breeds (hence Large Breed Puppy formulas)- really with any good quality puppy food you should be fine.

Do you even- lift?
Barked: Wed Feb 13, '13 8:13pm PST 
I'm pretty dubious of the breed specific foods. Aside from a few breeds like Dalmatians that actually have unusual dietary requirements, most dogs need pretty much the exact same things in their diet. I agree the whole kibbles for specific breeds is a marketing tool.

Eukanuba isn't a food I'd feed. From what I've heard, it used to be much better quality than it is now. Like Abbey said, I'd just look for a high quality puppy food with good ingredients and not too much calcium.

Edited by author Wed Feb 13, '13 8:23pm PST


Rocky *CGC*- With the- angels.

Gone but never,- ever forgotten- xxx
Barked: Thu Feb 14, '13 2:16am PST 
Hi guys,

Thanks for getting back to me puppy

Dog food in it's high quantities confuses me so much so I appreciate your help...

I did feel a little the same about Eukenuba... I was considering a Dal puppy and in that case, Eukenuba worked... I've read a lot of posts on here but unfortunately, the UK doesn't seem to have the same variety of food as the US :o/

I'll take everything you said on board (I've written it down BOL) and am going to take a trip to our local Pets At Home store and see what I can find that fits the bill and isn't mass produced to the extent of Eukenuba puppy