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Hello everyone, I’m new to this but I have just gotten a red female Doberman puppy. Her previous owner had her on Purina one, and I’ve continued giving her purina one smartblend for adults as to not give her runny stools. He was previously feeding her 3/4 cups 2x a day and I’ve been giving her 1 cup 3x a day but by her last meal she’ll only eat 3/4. She’s 8 1/2 weeks old but for some reason I feel as if she’s on the smaller side and she has some tiny flakes on her after some rubs. I’ve attached a picture of her. �� I’d like to slowly ease her way into something that is a bit better quality. If anyone can recommend good brands and your reasoning as to choosing that it would be greatly appreciated!
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BTW, the picture is her at exactly 8 weeks!
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Hi Alon

Here is a pretty much reliable dog food reviewer:

I feed our youngest ( 3 1/2 yo) Acana. Our oldest is on a prescription diet, so it does not relate to your question.

Most suggest a large breed puppy kibble or a decent all stage. I fed McCoy Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy until he was 14 months at the recommendation of his breeder. Eukanuba is not particularly popular here on DT, but their Large Breed Puppy is a 4 star food.

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Purina one is probably a 2.5 star out of 5...not good / learn to read, ingredient labels (1st 10).
- "we are what we eat / dogs included"

Our Kelly is 5.5 y/o.
- we feed 5 star kibble & treats plus a wee bit of home cooking
Morning = 2/3 cup cooked meat/veggy stew plus 1 cup kibble...Nulo Lamb & Lentils
Evening = 1 cup kibble
Limited Treats - dehydrated 100% Liver (from Costco / made in USA)

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- we have had the best luck with Nulo Medal Series Adult Lamb and Lentils [M]
- Nulo 5 Star food - Protein 32% Fat 17%
- I never buy specific puppy food for a young dog
- I don't want to encourage faster growth, on a maturing dog
- skin problems and farts are under control finally, using Nulo
- never bathed a Dobe in last 17 years / unless it got to close to Mr. Skunk...just 2x

- I don't care for pups hiding behind my legs scared / so put him on your lap, at Vets
- this still makes him safe, while being observant ... boost to confidence
- and play tug-of-war to build puppy confidence / remember, pup always gets to win

I like the Kissy puppies, they tend to be much easier to train & develop smarts faster.
- they like tummy kisses and belly blows to...
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Kelly was on Acana for early 2 years (couldn't gain weight) and Orijen for the next 2 years.
- she frequently had soft stools, off & on
She has been on her 3rd large bag of Nulo Lamb & Lentils with good stools & the thinning of neck hair plus crusty skin there, has all cleared up.
- we got similar results from Orijen, Acana, with some dandruff / something agreeably in their brands or something missing, it seams...good to know
- the Zignature Zssential brand sounds great, for Lambchop...

Kelly was slow to mature and had a puppy brain, much longer / our first 2 girls, matured quickly, and low weight was never a concern...their all different - in the end, all 3 girls, ended up of similar weight.

Kelly is on the heavier side now (@ 5.5 y/o), and only gets 0.67 lb of homemade cooked meat/veggy stew in the morning with 1.0 cups of separate kibble / plus 1.0 cup of kibble at 5:00 pm.
- so over time, 4-5 cups/day, might be excessive / considering the kibble is free of fillers, with quality meat protein
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4x4 posted the 4.5 star Canidae = grain free.

I once sold the non-grain free version (3.5 star now), for close to a decade...with very good results.

If I remember correctly, Canidae once had their own manufacturing plant.
- now done in TX (cost cutting), and I believe quality may have suffered
- huge plant, known for more frequent recalls

Nulo Adult Lamb and Lentils (grain free) is my top choice, currently...5 star.

------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)

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