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    English Bulldog Pup diet

    I'll have an 8 week old English Bulldog coming into my home in a few weeks. I just went to see the breeder and we were discussing foods.

    The pup is still nursing so she is open to whatever food I would prefer. I've been reading extensively on and offline. There are several excellent diets out there which come highly recommended on this forum and other sources.

    My one concern is with the fact that the bulldog is not an active breed. These diets supply a high amount of nutrients which are fine for more active breeds.

    I'm seeking the advice of those more experienced than I who can recommend the proper diet for the early stages in my pups development in order to keep him from turning into a Marmaduke,

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    Congrats on your new English Bullie! How exciting. In all honesty, I'm surprised that your pup's breeder doesn't have any food recommendations. The pups are not getting any kibble at all? What does the breeder feed the mama? What does she plan to feed the puppy after he/she is weaned? It's important to stay consistent to avoid tummy upset during the transition. The fact that she doesn't have food preferences is kind of odd. I have a 5 month old English Bulldog and am still trying to find the right food so I'm unable to make a good food recommendation from personal experience--although I have compiled a list of highly recommended dog foods from my own online research:

    Timberwolf Organics
    - Merrick:
    - Nature's Variety:
    - Wellness
    Innova
    -California Natural
    --Fromm
    --Solid Gold
    Taste of the Wild


    You may want to also check out dogfoodanalysis.com, which rates all the dog foods.


    What I have heard is that you need to watch the protein level to avoid rapid growth in this breed. So a protein level of 20-25% is optimal. Once your dog is 3-5 months old you may want to consider switching from puppy kibble to a good als formula. In fact my breeder didn't even have her pups on puppy kibble because of the higher protein levels. If you are not already a member, I highly recommend joining bulldogsworld.com--this forum is made up exclusively of English Bulldog owners who are extremely knowledgable about the breed and have been an invaluable resource to a new bullie owner like myself.

    I know how daunting finding the right puppy food can be...so best of luck!
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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    Kimrisa...first off, I am not a vet! Secondly, I don't own large breed dogs or puppies, only small breeds. But, if I'm not mistaken, from reading on the various forums and hearing from people with large breed pups, you really need to be more concerned about the calcium and phosphorus percentages where large breed pups are concerned rather than the protein. I know, usually, when there's alot of protein, the calcium and phosphorus content is also higher, so that is why most people say to watch the protein percentage. But, a food like Orijen Large Breed puppy would be fine to feed eventho' it has a higher protein percentage, because they have used a good balance of calcium/phos. I really can't help with the proper numbers that you need to look for, but there is a great forum called www.dogster.com and there are some wonderful large/giant breed owners on there that could really advise you! I will try and find out the proper percentages for you, too. Also, those owners say not to switch a large breed pup to adult food too soon! Good luck!
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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    Ok...I think I've found it...the ratio for giant/large breed pups should be 1.5 calcium/1.0 phoshorus. Actually, 1.3/1.0 is ideal. According to the other forum (dogster), 1/1 is fine for adult dogs. Hope this helps.

    P.S. If I had a large breed pup, my choices for food would start with Wellness Large Breed Puppy, Eagle Pack Holistic Select Large/Giant Puppy or Orijen Large Breed Puppy
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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    Great advice, Stellalucy. I'm sure the original poster will find this helpful and it actually helps me as well!! It's so confusing out there...some people say no puppy kibble after 3 months, others say it's okay as long as calcium levels are okay...etc. etc. I would love to know what the calcium level for the C. Natural puppy kibble I've had my dog on is but for some reason it's not listed... I am going to aim to stick to the less than 1.5% Calcium though. When my C. Natural puppy kibble runs out I was planning on staying with the Fromms ALS, which I've been transitioning to. It has the following:

    25% Min
    Fat 16% Min
    Fiber 3.5% Max
    Moisture 10% Max
    Ash 6.5% Max
    Omega 6 Fatty Acids 2.7% Min
    Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.5% Min
    Lactobacillus Acidophilus 100,000,000 CFU/lb Min
    Bifidobacterium Longum 100,000,000 CFU/lb Min
    Lactobacillus Plantarum 100,000,000 CFU/lb Min
    Enterococcous Faecium 100,000,000 CFU/lb Min
    Calcium 1.2%
    Calories 405 calories per cup

    But do you think a puppy kibble with appropriate calcium level would be better than a ALS food....?
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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    Quote Originally Posted by StellaLucyDesi View Post
    Ok...I think I've found it...the ratio for giant/large breed pups should be 1.5 calcium/1.0 phoshorus. Actually, 1.3/1.0 is ideal. According to the other forum (dogster), 1/1 is fine for adult dogs. Hope this helps.

    P.S. If I had a large breed pup, my choices for food would start with Wellness Large Breed Puppy, Eagle Pack Holistic Select Large/Giant Puppy or Orijen Large Breed Puppy
    Wow...you are so kind to look into this! I really appreciate it and I'm sure Flyfisher finds this helpful as well! I'll check out that dogster website as well...
    Tuffy's doting mama

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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    Thanks Quimrisa for your input. Perhaps my post wasn't clear enough. The puppy just turned 4 weeks so no it is not eating at all. It can't even walk yet. The breeder is presently feeding the mother one of the the Chicken Soup kibble diets. She had planned to feed Royal Canin but was open to another food if we so desired. I've been on dogfoodanalysis.com and have also been reading a book by Pat Hastings, Tricks Of the Trade. Which addresses nutrition and the rapid growth of bones in comparison to tissue.
    Innova seems to be a popular choice, despite a high protein content.

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    Okay...that makes much more sense! A 4 week old pup would not be eating kibble. I was under the impression that the pup was older! I heard Innova is an excellent food. Although some people have said it's on the rich side and some dogs don't handle it well. Best of luck with your food decision...and looking forward to seeing pix of your new baby!!
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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    StellaLucy Thanks sooo much !!!
    I really appreciate all the research
    This was great
    Will take it all into consideration
    Will be posting pics soon

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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    I would go with Innova Large Breed Puppy
    Real dogs don't have tails

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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    flyfisher- Innova isn't high protein; it's 28% which is very common for puppy food. It's EVO that's high protein, made by the same company- Natura.

    Kimrisa- The California Natural Puppy calcium level is 1.358%, the phosphorus is .924%. You just have to click on nutrient analysis:

    http://www.californianaturalpet.com/...nel=na&id=1252

    As for the original question, these are the foods I recommend (definitely not Royal Canin!)

    Merrick Puppy Plate
    Innova Puppy
    Fromm 4 star (except the grain free formula for puppies)
    Canidae All Life Stages
    Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul
    Blue Buffalo Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice
    Canine Caviar Lamb & Pearl Millet Puppy Dry Food
    Artemis Fresh Mix Medium/Large Breed Puppy
    Eagle Pack Holistic

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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    Thanks, luvntzus! FYI--My pups coat is amazing on the Fromms 4 star salmon a la vegetable. Stool is not as firm as I like but it was mushy on the C.Natural as well. Other than that he seems good. Do you think that the Fromms 4 star is just as good for pups as opposed to the puppy formulas you've listed below? I actually have half a bag of the Canidae als left over from when I brough the pup home so when the C. Natural puppy runs out I could potentially combine the Fromm with the Canidae but that may be complicating matters... Ideally I'd love to find ONE dog food that works...
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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    Quote Originally Posted by flyfisher View Post
    Thanks Quimrisa for your input. Perhaps my post wasn't clear enough. The puppy just turned 4 weeks so no it is not eating at all. It can't even walk yet. The breeder is presently feeding the mother one of the the Chicken Soup kibble diets. She had planned to feed Royal Canin but was open to another food if we so desired. I've been on dogfoodanalysis.com and have also been reading a book by Pat Hastings, Tricks Of the Trade. Which addresses nutrition and the rapid growth of bones in comparison to tissue.
    Innova seems to be a popular choice, despite a high protein content.
    Like I said before, Bulldogsworld.com will be an invaluable resource to you! Those people know the bulldog breed like none other!
    Tuffy's doting mama

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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    I am really surprised the breeder is giving you a choice of foods to wean it on. Was it an only puppy?

    There is too much worry over dog food. Most dogs will thrive on most foods. Chances are, whatever you choose will be fine. My self, I have seen thousands of puppies doing very well on the low rated Pro Plan.

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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    Quote Originally Posted by Labsnothers View Post
    I am really surprised the breeder is giving you a choice of foods to wean it on. Was it an only puppy?

    There is too much worry over dog food. Most dogs will thrive on most foods. Chances are, whatever you choose will be fine. My self, I have seen thousands of puppies doing very well on the low rated Pro Plan.
    Negative. We were just discussing the best diet for the litter.
    Thanks for your input.

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    Re: English Bulldog Pup diet

    [QUOTE=luvntzus;741004]flyfisher- Innova isn't high protein; it's 28% which is very common for puppy food. It's EVO that's high protein, made by the same company- Natura.

    Kimrisa- The California Natural Puppy calcium level is 1.358%, the phosphorus is .924%. You just have to click on nutrient analysis:

    Luvntzus: Just curious...You quoted 1.3 Calcium/1.0 phosphorus as the ideal for a large breed puppy. The levels of C. Natural seem pretty close to that ideal. Do you think that puppy kibble is okay to stay on long term...? (I also have a bag of Canidae all life stages in the garage that I could finish up instead of buying another bag of the C. Natural puppy... When I first brought the pup home the breeder recommended mixing the Canidae and the C. Natural together but I stopped th Canidae to see if my pup would do better on just the one food.)
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