Fromm is a great food. I have two great danes, both gentle giants and I don't feed them a large breed formula at all. Both of mine were on Canidae All Life Stages formula, until recently when I switched them to EVO. My friend with two danes, one is a puppy from my litter, and they both do really well on Fromm. Any high quality food will be great for your new puppy so I would stick to the Fromm is it is working out well.He is a mixed Mastiff puppy ... mom was a neopoltin mastiff weigh 110lbs and dad was a old english mastiff weigh 200+ lbs. He is turn 12 weeks last saturday and weigh 35lbs. I was letting him eat the Fromm dog food that I feed my other two dogs.. I just know that he is going to me a very large dog and just want to make sure he gets the right food.. my other two dogs are 2 & 8 yrs old and weigh 55 -65 lbs so there is a difference.. I posted some pics of him in my albums on my profile..
Some think that too much protein is the culprit with bone and joint problems in growing large breeds. Actually what you need to look for is the calcium phosphorus levels in the kibble. Try to stay under 1.5% calcium, and .9% phosphorus. If the levels are higher than this, the bones can grow at a faster rate than the muscles, therefore putting added stress on the joints from the lack of support from the muscles. And if it has a high fat and calorie content (which most regular puppy foods do) added onto high calc/phos levels, that puts even more stress into the mix due to the extra weight the puppy is putting on. There are quite a bit of companies that do not include the calc/phos content on their analysis, that is why a lot of large breed people try to look for the lowest protein content. Lower the protein..lower the calcium, in most cases. Orijen Large Breed Puppy has 42% protein, but a low percentage of calcium and phosphorus. Just keep an eye out for 1.5 and .9 and under, and if there is a food you like, but it is not listed, you can contact the company and they should be able to tell you what they are. Sorry to be long winded. Hope this helped some. :redface:The "common belief" among giant breed people is to NOT feed puppy food to a giant breed puppy. Feed an adult food that is less than 24% protein and 14% fat. 22% protein would be better. This is supposed to cause the dog to grow slower and thereby not causing bone/joint problems caused by too rapid growth.
The "common belief" among giant breed people is to NOT feed puppy food to a giant breed puppy. Feed an adult food that is less than 24% protein and 14% fat. 22% protein would be better. This is supposed to cause the dog to grow slower and thereby not causing bone/joint problems caused by too rapid growth.
I'm not convinced that there is any basis to that "common belief" but the greatest majority of giant breed owners swear by it. It may just apply to kibble fed pups.
I fed my Great Dane puppy a raw diet of nothing but raw meat, bones, and organs and he had no problems with bones/joints as he grew up. I have never heard of a raw fed puppy having these problems. My Thor is now 3 1/2 years old and in perfect health.