Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Do I Feed My Puppy?

Be very careful about overfeeding large boned, large breed puppies, as this causes irreversible damage to vulnerable developing joints. The damage is always made worse by feeding raw or any other highly calorically dense food, since these foods will accelerate growth even if your pup is kept lean. This is why I always feed Purina Puppy Chow until 12 months of age. The skeleton takes a huge amount more time to mineralize on large boned breeds than it takes to add mass and substance. Rapidly putting mass (fat or muscle makes no difference) on a developing puppy’s joints is a recipe for disaster, particularly on a breed which has been proven to carry approximately 85% hip dysplasia rates. Feeding foods that have low caloric density allows your pup to feel satiated by eating relatively larger quantities of high filler food, while still allowing the proper skeletal development necessary to properly support the heavy mass of a bull breed.

Always adjust food quantity based upon your pup’s body condition. When your pup is standing and facing straight ahead, you should clearly see where the rib cage ends, and the waist should have a nice defined tuck. You should not be able to count individual ribs, nor individual vertebrae, but it should be getting close, and when the dog turns slightly to the side you should be able to see individual ribs on the opposite side. If the dog is getting too fat, reduce food 10% for 2 weeks and re-evaluate. If the dog is getting too lean, increase food up to 10% for 2 weeks and re-evaluate.I have been very actively breeding and x-raying dogs for a decade and a half, and I can tell you that keeping your pup at the right body condition makes a huge difference.

KEEP YOUR BULL BREED PUPPIES LEAN!!! Unless of course you want to risk your poor dog falling apart when it should be in its prime. There is plenty of time to pack mass on your dog after it is over a year of age and the majority of skeletal development is complete.

Here are two pics of my boy I produced named Evolution’s Smash. One pic is at 12 months old after nice slow and steady lean growth, and one at 4 years of age. You are not limiting your dog by growing him slow and steady and keeping him lean. You are doing your part to insure that your pup grows up healthy and has the best shot at long term mobility and longevity. Your pup will still reach his full potential. No need to rush it.