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I just got my 6 week old Doberman and the breeder gave us a mini junior dog food however I don’t know if it’s suitable for him since he’s a Doberman.
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I thought it was illegal to separate a pup from its mother before 8 weeks of age.

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Much too young to be taken from its mother/siblings.
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Yes, he's really too young to be separated from his mom and litter mates, but what's done is done, I guess, and everyone usually survives it.

Regarding the food, if it's the Royal Canin Mini Junior kibble, it's formulated for small breed puppies. I'd go ahead and keep him on that for several weeks, at least, and then transition to a food made for large breed puppies or an all life stages food. He's had enough changes without you fiddling around with what he's eating.
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Yes, he's really too young to be separated from his mom and litter mates, but what's done is done, I guess, and everyone usually survives it. <img src="https://www.dobermantalk.com/images/smilies/smile1.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile1" class="inlineimg" />

Regarding the food, if it's the Royal Canin Mini Junior kibble, it's formulated for small breed puppies. I'd go ahead and keep him on that for several weeks, at least, and then transition to a food made for large breed puppies or an all life stages food. He's had enough changes without you fiddling around with what he's eating.

I know I do think it was too early as well but breeder said it was fine &#x1f61e; it’s life for concept mini junior kibble which is what the breeder gave me.The problem is it the portion sizes don’t relate to Doberman’s so I don’t know how much to feed him. I plan on doing a handful 4 times a day. Do you think that would be okay?
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I found Concept for Life dog food. Is that the brand? If so, I found mini adult, but not mini junior. What you can do to estimate how much to feed is take the two highest weights that equal your pup's weight, and start with the total amount of food that equals, divided between at least three meals a day. If he starts looking too thin, add some to each meal, and if he starts looking too pudgy, cut back a smidge. Once you've used up all the food from the breeder, you can switch to a more appropriate food with easier amount calculations.


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I found Concept for Life dog food. Is that the brand? If so, I found mini adult, but not mini junior. What you can do to estimate how much to feed is take the two highest weights that equal your pup's weight, and start with the total amount of food that equals, divided between at least three meals a day. If he starts looking too thin, add some to each meal, and if he starts looking too pudgy, cut back a smidge. Once you've used up all the food from the breeder, you can switch to a more appropriate food with easier amount
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Yep it’s concept for life , it says the max weight when fully grown is 10kg and for that he gets 115g grams. Do you think I should double it so it fits him full grown weight?
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Okay, serious question: is there a legal age limit where you live? If so, report that breeder. They LIED to you - 6 weeks is entirely too young, and you've got a bit more work on your hands than you're expecting, I fear. Is there any way you can get that puppy back to the breeder for 2 more weeks?

CAN you report them? I'm guessing you're either in Europe or Canada, so I don't want to assume you have laws like we have in many states in the US.
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Yep it’s concept for life , it says the max weight when fully grown is 10kg and for that he gets 115g grams. Do you think I should double it so it fits him full grown weight?
Oh, goodness. We've reached the point of too much math for me.

Here are a couple of calorie calculators that will give you a good idea of how many calories he needs each day. https://www.justfoodfordogs.com/dog-food-calculator and https://petnutritionalliance.org/dog.php

The label on the food should say how many calories are in X amount of food, so you can figure out how much he needs, and split that between four meals a day. Again, the advice of "if he looks too thin, add some, and if he looks too pudgy, subtract some" still holds.
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Hey, 6 weeks old is too early for him to leave his mother. I don't think that's a good method, but if you've already adopted him, you should buy milk and puppy food. Even if you can't be with his mother, but if you take good care of him, he will be healthy.
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6 weeks old is too early for him to leave his mother. I don't think that's a good method, but if you've already adopted him, you should buy milk and puppy food. Even if you can't be with his mother, but if you take good care of him, he will be healthy.
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