Adult Dog Food

You should feed your dog puppy food until they are mature, then switch to adult dog food.  The age at which your dog is considered an adult depends on their size.

  • A dog with an expected adult weight of less than 20 pounds reaches adulthood at 8 months of age.
  • Switch a dog weighing 20-50 pounds at adulthood to adult dog food at 12 months of age.
  • Large breed dogs weighing 50-90 pounds are no longer puppies at 18 months of age.
  • Giant breed dogs weighing more than 90 pounds are puppies until they are 2 years old.  That’s when you switch them to adult food.

During adulthood, it isn’t as important to feed according to your dog’s size as it is during puppyhood.  However, large breed adult dog food is lower in fat and calories than regular adult dog food to keep them in lean body condition.  Large and giant breed dogs are at risk for osteoarthritis, and the risk increases dramatically if they are over weight.  If your large or giant breed dog is starting to chunk out, try switching to a large breed adult dog food or a weight management diet.

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