Puppies seem to grow pretty quickly! As studies show, Larger dog breeds take longer to reach full adult size than small breeds. During this growing period, puppies require the right amount of exercise and food to grow up healthily.
Here are few takeaways!
- Small breeds stop growing when they reach 6 to 8 months of age.
- Medium breeds will take longer than small breeds to grow, they reach their adult size at around 12 months of age.
- Large and even giant breeds will keep growing until they are 12 to 18 months.
** And here’s a reminder, even they fully reach the adult size, your dog will still develop fat and muscle just as human adults do.
How to feed a growing puppy?
In this period, puppies need enough amount of nutritions to grow such as animal protein, calcium and phosphorus. Feed your dog 2 to 3 times a day, and mix the food with dry and wet food because he will probably love it!
Here is the foods nutritional guidelines set up by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and are specifically designed for all life stages will provide your developing pup all the nutritions they need.
You may think giving your dog with fruits to provide them extra nutrition will be good for them to grow, and this is right but we still need to control the amount under 10% of your dog’s daily diet, because fruit is still as treat for dogs.
And here’s a video from Dr. Lindsay that can let you know more about how to feed your growing puppy properly.
Knowing how to feed our furry friends properly to let them stay healthy and grow is so much important, and this can also make sure they can live better and play happier, then able to make more lovely memories that last forever.