Hi everyone ! I’m seeing lots of conversation about large breed puppies, but little to none about small (Chihuahua) breed …. debating on switching my little, 8 month old, 4 lb., rescue guy over to Wellness Core Puppy … thoughts ?? Right now he’s getting BB small breed puppy, but I’d like to switch him to something else ………
Thanks in advance … 🙂
- This topic was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by Gcats.
I believe the talk with large breed puppies is because they require special calcium (I think…I’ve never had a large breed pup) and small breed puppies require special food. I don’t feed puppy food, I’ve always used all breed dog food. I personally wouldn’t feed anything by Blue. Other foods that are small are Farmina small bites, Nature’s Logic and something with an “A” name (Amicus?). Hopefully someonee else will chime in.
Wellness Core is good, the kibble is pretty small. Nature’s Variety puppy formula also has very small kibbles, though it’s fairly expensive – maybe not a problem for a 4 pound dog. The only major difference between “puppy” food and “small breed puppy” food is usually the size of the kibble.
As the “mom” to three toy dogs, I do not believe that small breeds need a special diet unless, of course, they are suffering my some sort of illness that would require omitting or adding certain ingredients. At 8 months of age a toy breed no longer needs to be on puppy food. An All Life Stages food would better meet their needs at this point in time. My dogs weigh 5 lbs, 6 lbs, and 7 lbs.
As Marie stated, large breed puppies require less calcium in their diets to avert the quick growth in a large breed that could possibly lead to bone issues once grown. Large breed puppies have specific needs that must be met. I also, like Marie, have never had a large breed dog but I know others that do. My dogs have all been toy dogs with the exception of one dog that I had many years ago (Tibetan Terrier).
I have found that my 4 small breed dogs do love the small breed Wellness Core, but their poop is now ” big dog” poop. 🙂 is this a good thing or bad? It’s harder to clean up but is it healthier? Sounds crazy, I know.
Cary, I have no idea if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but it did make me laugh 🙂
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