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I am a first time Doberman owner and my male pup is almost 11 weeks of age. I feed him Merricks puppy dry food right now. Is this a bad idea???

I had taken my pup to the vet who recommended I get him onto some different dog food. Stating that Merricks is good but he would have his bones outgrowing his joints leading to possible hip dysplasia. I have been doing my own research to see what is best for my little guy and Merricks seems like the way to go. I would love to get some real insight from any owners who know this breed like the back of their hand. I want to ensure my pup is well taken care of with the food he is eating. I would be grateful for any advice and Thank you in advance for helping me out!
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The decision I made was based on information from my dogs vet.
He supports Purina Pro Focus Chicken or Royal Canine.
More will chime in on this thread very common question as there is just so much to choose from out there and a lot of conflicting information.
Congrats on your new pup!

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Like LDi said - others will jump in here , We are on Purina also - there are only like 5 companies that do feed trials to test there foods - Purina being one .

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Feed what the breeder was feeding at least 1 full bag before you [slowly] switch to whatever food you plan to feed, or want to try him on. Merrick is a good quality food.
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I also keep puppies on whatever the breeder feeds for quite a while - it's hard for puppies to transition to a new home AND a new food.

I'm another person that feeds Proplan, and my dogs thrive on it. I prefer to feed a food that is formulated by veterinary nutritionists, tested with a lot of feeding trials, and has a long history with a lot of dogs doing very well on it for many years. Purina also publishes the results of their studies in scientific journals. I know a lot of Doberman people that feed it and have had their dogs live a long time.

I think everyone has to decide what they are comfortable feeding. Those are the reasons I feed what I do.


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Can't go wrong with Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach. Basically since Grain-Free is not really supported, I try to stick with food with Whole Grains. Also Puppy Formula is not recommended for the reasons you mentioned above. An All Life Stages or Adult food is recommended by a lot of people for LargeBreed Puppies.

Brands I've Tried TOTW Ancient Grains, L.I.D Nature's Balance, Canidae All Life Stages, Hill's Science Sensitive Stomach/Skin . These all have whole grains. Purina Pro Plan and Canidae ALS comes in 30lb bags at my store (Hawaii Petco) for $55 (Canidae) / $60 (Purina).

So after trying all of them, I'm just gonna end up using Purina Pro. The only reason I tried the other brands was that my Local Pet Store the 1st 2 times I got Purina Pro Plan, it ended up having some Worms/Beetles (Weevils?). Tried out the other brands but dog food for a Doberman can add up. Recently went back to Pro Plan, no bugs now!

Honestly I feel super comfortable that a lot of Doberman Owners recommend Purina Pro Plan, so I really wanted to come back to giving my dog it.

I always felt like Merrick's was a bit overpriced. Their product always looks flashy. At the same time I don't think its bad to want to stick to Merricks. Whatever works for your dog is best.
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I'm another who feeds Purina ProPlan--it's my go to food. Presently (they rebranded it a few years ago) it's ProPlan Focus and I have used either the Chicken and Rice or the "Sensitive Skin and Stomach" (which has had three name changes--PP Salmon and Rice, PP Sensitive Skin and Stomach and now PP Sensitive Skin and Stomach)--formula never changed but it's all the same but they developed a secondary line so renamed the originals to cut down on confusion.

And I feed whatever the breeder was feeding for two or three weeks and change slowly after that to the ProPlan Focus.

I don't even try to feed anything with lamb as the meat protein any more--I've tried it three times from three different manufacturers and had poor results each time (took less than a month and the coats looked bad and it was really hard to keep good weight on the Dobes.

As far as Merrick goes--I think that their wet food has always had the reputation for being excellent. I don't know how their kibble is now but for a long time their kibble was evidently not very palatable--I tried it once and my dogs would eat it but grudgently. So I went back to whatever I was feeding at the time--but that was many years ago.

I've had great luck with ProPland--my dogs love it and keeps them in wonderful condition--but it the old story--not all dogs do well on the same thing so some times you just have to experiment a bit.

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