The dietary requirements of large and small breed puppies vary somewhat from their adult counterparts. With growth and development resulting in both increased and decreased requirements for various nutrients compared to adult maintenance. Meeting the dietary needs of puppies through a balanced diet is key to ensuring short and long-term health.
Although adult body weight will be considerably more, the nutritional requirements of a large breed puppy compared to medium or small breeds vary relatively little. Once weaned, all puppies require a diet higher in protein than adult dogs. A minimum recommendation of 25g/100g dry matter (DM) in the first 14 weeks, dropping to 20g/100g DM in the late growth period1. This late growth period will be more prolonged with a large breed puppy until adult body weight is met. (i.e. lasting up to 18-24 months compared to 10-12 months or 15-18 months in small and medium breeds, respectively).
Article written by Emma Hunt