So I was wondering if anyone could help me try to figure out how big my doxie will get...his dad is a mini but his mom looked kind of big to me but that could be because she had just had puppies lol...anyway it doesn't really matter to me but I was just curious if he's more likely to be closer to a standard or a mini...we just went to the vet today and at 8 weeks he's a little over 4 pounds. Thanks!
Really, I didn't know that. I thought puppy food had the right nutrition for a growing puppy as formula was for a baby.. and was easier to digest. So if I supposively feed my alaskan malamute dog food instead of puppy chow.. he would stay smaller? A new breed...a mini alaskan malamute... ha ha ha ... only kidding. Just never heard of this before. Learn something new each day. THANKS.
It's not that they "stay smaller" it's just that they don't overgrow. Puppy food is really rich and can give them a huge growth spurt which is especially bad in large breeds. Same principal should apply to small dogs. Think in the wild puppers eat what parents regurgitate, they don't get some formula mixed up for them, lol. Human infants grow much slower than dogs which is why we eat formula much longer than pups need it. If you look at the breeds out of America vs. European countries you will most likley notice that the American dogs are much taller this is in part due to our beliefs that we need to feed puppy food for there first 6months to a year. All the different formulations of dog food are really for us the consumers, not for the best interest of our dogs. Older or fatter dogs need to eat different quantity of food not different formulations, lol. Just my thoughts here ;)
I prefur to have my Bordeaux with fur instead of a cork and bottle ;)