Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
I have two deerhound puppies now a year old that I had been feeding Simpsons 80/20 puppy food since I owned them at 12 weeks, because I had read that is the right thing to do, as 80% meat is got to be better for the dogs hasn’t it? Not to mention it’s £55 a bag so you’re paying for quality and demonstrating how much you care. The use of 80 meat food has in my experience proven to be wrong for the growth of large breed puppies. Simpsons might be richer in protein but my dogs were not thriving on it, indeed they were terribly thin despite giving them more and more food above the recommended quantity. So much food did I give them that their systems couldn’t handle the amount and they would have runny stools. Then I switched to country Kibble for large breed puppies which in theory is an inferior food because it is only 60% meat. However, the change was dramatic and both began to put on weight – muscle. I will never go back to 80% meat food at least whilst they are puppies. The answer as to why they were not gaining necessary weight seems obvious now, if you have puppies putting them on what is the equivalent of the canine Atkinson diet is no good for them. It might be the way to go once they have reached their optimum weight/ growth potential but I even doubt this. My puppies were continually hungry and began to even eat grass whole sale on Simpsons. 80% sounds great but in fact it is not what the dogs need. They need carbohydrates and giving them high protein is not the same. The Country Kibble at 60% has done the trick for my dogs and appears to be a much better ratio and therefore a much better food for growing puppies especially large breed puppies. The morale of the story for me is that paying more does not always equate with the best for your dog. Country Kibble puppy food for large breed at £35 a bags ticks all the boxes for my dogs, they are gaining weight appropriately and they eat it without stopping for breath and have nice firm stools. That for a dog owner is all you need to know. Just buy it and save yourself a shed full of money.