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Unread 01-27-2008, 08:14 PM   #1
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Question When is a Puppy Considered an Adult

Hi! I was just wondering when is a puppy considered an adult? This question just popped into my head when my dad accidentally bought Brownie adult food. Brownie is about to turn 1 yr. old at Feb. 27th and I'd like to know if he could be fed adult food at that age. Well, thanks for reading this and I hope you can answer my question!
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Usually about a year is fine to start feeding adult food but it also depends on personal preferences, I know people that feed the puppy formula until they are a year and a half. Another thing that could make a difference is what breed of dog you own. RA my ACDx I feed puppy food to still because she is such high energy and the extra nutrients in the puppy food is great for her and she is 2 1/2.

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Well, thanks Julia! I think I'm going to start feeding Brownie adult food when he turns a year since he didn't seem to have problem with it when my dad fed him adult food. Thanks again!!
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Large breeds usually can back off puppy food unless you buy Large Breed Puppy Brand as I do. One year most dogs can be considered adults. At least mentally they start to act somewhat grown up, lol...
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Large breeds usually can back off puppy food unless you buy Large Breed Puppy Brand as I do. One year most dogs can be considered adults. At least mentally they start to act somewhat grown up, lol...
I feed large breed puppy to the chows too it was the vets recomendation. What breed is brownie?

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The rule of thumb is to continue to feed puppy until the growth plates close. That will differ from dog to dog. Larger breeds will have growth plates close later - 18 mths to two years. Smaller breeds about a year. Toy breeds can close as early as 10 months.

I know some take pups off of puppy food earlier. If you don't know for sure, a year is a good general time.

As far as mental and emotional maturity goes, that is also breed/individual dog dependent. Some dogs never "grow up." Shelties mature mentally around two to four years old. Some dogs are mentally adults at a little over a year. Personally, I like "puppy head" to stick around as they don't stay puppies long enough!
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