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Old 01-19-2007, 12:41 PM   #1
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Default Large/Medium Breed dog?

Can someone help me? How do you know if you have a large breed dog? What is the criteria for Large versus Medium Breed dog?
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I'm no expert...but my own opinion is :
1-20lb. small
20-40lb. medium
40-70lb/ large
70 plus extra large

any dog that hurts my lap is usually large to XL..... the bigger the better for me...
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Most feed bags identify Large as over 50 lbs. But then again - I'm not an expert either!!!
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I was wondering because if I get a female collie pup, should I feed Large Breed puppy formula?
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An adult rough collie is going range from 50-75 lbs, so I would. Height is going run from 22-26" - not huge, but medium-to-large. So, whether you classify by height or weight, a collie is probably big enough to benefit from a lower-calorie puppy food.
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Large Breed puppy food is low calorie? hmmmmmmmm..........why is that?
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Large Breed puppy food is low calorie? hmmmmmmmm..........why is that?
Well, lower in calories than regular puppy food, anyway. The theory is that large/giant breed pups need a diet lower in fat and calories because they develop slower than smaller breeds, and often don't reach full physical maturity until 18-24 months. The concern is that feeding a large/giant pup regular puppy food may cause it to be overweight and may lead to skeletal/joint problems as it grows - basically that it will grow too fast. So the large breed puppy foods offer lower fat and calories, and typically include supplements for joint health. I don't know if anyone has actually studied whether administering glucosamine and chondroitin has any effect in puppies (it sounds like a marketing gimic, to me).

I feed our pup a large breed puppy food because the vet recommended it, and because Greyhounds do better on a lower fat diet.
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I'm no expert...but my own opinion is :
1-20lb. small
20-40lb. medium
40-70lb/ large
70 plus extra large

any dog that hurts my lap is usually large to XL..... the bigger the better
for me...
Kip weighs 68 poundsThe bigger the better for me to!

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I was wondering because if I get a female collie pup, should I feed Large Breed puppy formula?
I have always been told to feed a high quality food and skip the puppy part You do not want to encourage rapid growth in large and giant breed puppies.
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I have always been told to feed a high quality food and skip the puppy part You do not want to encourage rapid growth in large and giant breed puppies.
Okay, now I am thoroughly confused! LOL
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