Meghan: What is the best food to feed my English Mastiff puppy?
I have been doing a lot of research on what to feed my english mastiff puppy. I am hoping for suggestions from others with mastiffs or giant breeds. I want to feed him a really good quality food at a somewhat reasonable price. Also, I have heard that they only need puppy food until they are 4 months, is this true? I would really appreciate some advice on this issue! Thanks!
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Answer by BB
My two mastiffs lived to be ten-years old. They were on Purina One. I also have two ancient cats–20 and 18-years old. People are always knocking Purina, but my pets have done very well on it.
Answer by Dianne
I feed my 6 month old puppy Diamond Naturals lamb and rice for large breed puppies. He weighs in at 100lbs, coat looks great. Vet said to keep on until 1 yr old. Can be food at serval places nearby.
Answer by AAA
I have never owned a mastiff however I babysat one for a week he was a big boy over 100 pounds. He was fed kirkland he looks great his coat was great nice looking dog
Answer by luv big dogs
I have always been told (by vets, breeders, etc.) that giant breeds should never have puppy food. It doesn't meet the nutritional needs of giant breed puppies. My Mastiff female is currently 6 months and 80 lbs, so she is right on track for the breed. She was started on Nature's Recipe Adult Lamb & Rice, because that's what I was feeding my other dog. However, it made her very gassy, which didn't seem to bother her but wasn't all too pleasant for me!
They are now both on Purina Pro Plan Adult Lamb & Rice. Gas has been reduced by about 90%, stool is firm, and I have not had any problems with either dog. I know that it is not Solid Gold, King, Royal Canin, or any of the many 'top-quality' foods that you will hear recommended, but it is fairly easy to find, reasonably priced, and seems to work well for my dogs.
Mind you, I would never feed Purina Dog Chow, but the Pro Plan seems to have comparable ingredients to Nutro, Nature's Recipe, and many other higher quality foods.
Answer by ABC123
Giant breeds have different needs than large breeds. Our vet and breeder both said do NOT feed puppy food (ever). Mastiffs need to grow really slow and keep their protein levels low while a puppy. Puppy food (even high quality) has way too much protein for mastiffs.
In all honesty, any "reasonably" priced food is not a high enough quality for them. Iams, Science diet, etc has too many fillers.
We buy a brand of food only available at small pet stores that specialize in nutrition. It costs about $ 50 for a 30 lb bag and lasts us about 3 weeks.
It seems "over the top" to many but you get what you pay for. I have seen people cut corners on nutrition with their mastiffs and they tend to have more health problems down the road.
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