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Old 06-08-2007, 07:02 AM
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Hi all. I'm new here and although I don't have a dog yet, I will be getting one within the next month (Golden Retriever). Should I get a "large breed" puppy formula? Also, what brand would be good. I've read that goldens are prone to skin problems. Is there a food that would help with this. Any help would be great. Thanks!
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:49 AM
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I'm glad you are doing your research BEFORE you get your puppy (although late is better than never). There are some good brand out there and you do not need to get a large breed puppy formula but you cannot get a regular puppy formula (so I've been told since it causes them to grow to fast and get bone and joint problems). So either get a large breed puppy or a all life stages food.

Canidae has an all life stages, Eagle pack has a large breed puppy, Innova has a large breed puppy too. So I would go with one of those, they are great brands. If you need help finding stores that sell them ten go to their websites and look at the store locaters.

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Old 06-08-2007, 07:06 PM
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If Canadae is convenient in your area, it comes highly recomended by many dog owners. It always worked for both of my dogs who are nearly 7 years apart in age. They make more than one type as Max said.......get the all life stages.

Dobermans are notorious for sensitive skin that can get dry at the drop of a hat........but many dobe owners I know of feed Canadae as well.
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:45 PM
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I also vote for Canidae. My dogs who are on Canidae are doing absolutely wonderful. I've never seen them look (or feel) better, and my Doberman (who is really sensitive to different foods) eats this with no problems whatsoever. It's one of my favourite foods there is, and its All Life Stages, so you don't have to worry about buying the right puppy food or anything. Their website,, has a store locator on it too so you can see if anyone in your area sells it.
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:49 PM
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I would recommend looking into the Eagle Pack Holistic line of foods. They make a well researched large breed puppy formula and there are quite a few testimonials on their website by golden owners.

Just a thought anyway. Mine are all back on Eagle Pack because after trying almost all the foods out there, it gave me the best results. However, there are many superb foods to choose from.
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:47 PM
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My recommendation goes to Canidae as well... all though I've never used it, it is a food that is well suited for all breeds, and seems to be easy on most dogs' stomachs.

Also, Timberwolf Organics is a good choice... they have many lower protein formulas. I used Timberwolf for a while, and my dogs did great on it.

My dogs are on Orijen, which is too high of protein for a larger breed puppy.

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Old 06-08-2007, 11:35 PM
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All the foods they have reccomended are great! Please go to and check out the "Bad Ingredients" page and then "Label Information 101." Er, well.. check everything out. But look at those first.

Bad food brands (things to avoid at all costs) are: Science Diet, Beneful, Purina, Alpo, Iams, Ol' Roys.. etc. Anything you find in a supermarket, and everything you will find at Petco/Petsmart/somewhere like it is not food you want to feed your dog. I have yet to find a Petco or Petsmart that sells a decent food.
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:17 AM
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I am also going to suggest Eagle Pack. My pup loves the food. We tried Canidae, but he wouldn't touch it, and he usually eats everything.
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