We’re picking up our first puppy next week. Looking for some recommendations for a decent brand of dog food. Doesn’t have to be top shelf, just a decent food that’s not full of crap you can’t pronounce.
I could see that being a larger dog when fully grown so I would feed a large breed puppy food for at least a year. Not all puppy foods are created equal and large breed food is meant to allow the bones/joints to not grow so rapidly during development. My Coonhounds and Basset Hounds of past the vet always recommended large breed puppy because of their larger joints. I used to feed Merrick (which is still awesome food) but it got expensive once we added another dog so right now I feed Purina Smartblend large breed. The dogs like it and the vet said it's not as good as Merrick or Blue Buffalo Wilderness but for the price he said it's hard to beat. All depends on budget. www.dogfoodadvisor.com gives ratings and ingredient breakdown of what is good/bad of all different kinds of food. I research there a lot when trying/changing foods.
The kennel I bought my present setter pup from recommended Nutri Source, that is all they feed. I took their advice and started her on puppy Nutri Source and moved to adult at a year old. She is in top condition, solid stool beautiful coat. I fed Purina Pro Plan to my last setter and he never had a good solid stool, I will never go back to it. Nutri Source has a good selection of flavors and the ingredient list looks good. I would never go back to Purina or feed any brand just because is less expensive then premium brands.
Don't skimp on food. You need larger portions because the food is not as nutritious, so you might as well get a better brand. You wouldn't do well if you ate junk food every day. Same goes for a dog. I feed my Brittany Nutro Essential. I also give her fish oil and cosequin every day. She is ten years old and fairly active for her age.