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I have used the search bar and found tons of old post from years ago about food people used. I am curious if there is updated info on a few good solid choices to start a pit puppy on? I've seen the blue buffalo stuff around and it seems to be in the $2.7 a lb range.

I am just curious what others consider a premium food but that is also in that $2-3 a lb range that they would start their dog on today for the right path for healthy growth and success.
 

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You'll want to stick with what the breeder has the puppy on until they are settled. Then slowly transition to whatever food you choose. Every dog is different so it may be trial and error before you find what fits best for yours. I personally have fed Pro Plan Puppy and American Journey grain inclusive puppy.
 

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You'll want to stick with what the breeder has the puppy on until they are settled. Then slowly transition to whatever food you choose. Every dog is different so it may be trial and error before you find what fits best for yours. I personally have fed Pro Plan Puppy and American Journey grain inclusive puppy.
Thank you appreciate the reply, I'll look into those brands. I believe the breeder is using the cheap generic stuff. He said he'd give me a 10lb bag to start but said I should transition to my own food.

So with the thousands of options on the market Figured I'd ask for a few top brand choices to look into to start researching and having a plan. I know there really expensive stuff but figured there had to be good options in the $2-3 a lb range.
 

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Diamond, Victor, Pro Plan, are all very popular in the bull breed community. I'm feeding two different ages, so I went with American Journey for the price point. They are both doing very well on it. Only draw back is I can only get it from Chewy. I had a blue dog with allergies that I had to feed raw, and red dog that did incredibly well on Victor. Diamond Naturals did well for her as well, but made her coat greasy. Orijen and Acana are good for high energy dogs or dogs with food allergies. They are too rich both nutritionally and financially for me and the two I have now. Hopefully you find what works best for your pup.
 

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Diamond, Victor, Pro Plan, are all very popular in the bull breed community. I'm feeding two different ages, so I went with American Journey for the price point. They are both doing very well on it. Only draw back is I can only get it from Chewy. I had a blue dog with allergies that I had to feed raw, and red dog that did incredibly well on Victor. Diamond Naturals did well for her as well, but made her coat greasy. Orijen and Acana are good for high energy dogs or dogs with food allergies. They are too rich both nutritionally and financially for me and the two I have now. Hopefully you find what works best for your pup.
Thank you Mac! I appreciate the feedback and advice. I have been trying to read up a lot on the different type of food out there and if it is better to go with grain-free or a grain based food. I've seen a few recommended grain inclusive foods but not sure what the advantage would be with those vs a grain free type that has similar vitamins and protein content. I threw a table up below of some of the brands you mentioned vs some I seen and what I can get them for price per lb wise (cause usually these things come down to cost for most people).

Food BrandPrice per l/b
Acana$2.80
American Journey$2.30
Orijen$3.70
Blue Wilderness$2.70
Taste of the Wild$2.10
Diamond Natural Grain-Free$1.85

I'm sure all of these are great and would provide good diets, just curious what the difference would be paying $3.70 lb vs $1.85 for Diamond? Better quality or better sourced ingredients I'd suppose? Another thing I found interesting is the recommended servings of each brand when compared to the cost. Seems like Orijen, even though it is the most costly per lb, actually recommends about a 1/2 cup less per day than most other brands on the list. So I'd assume strictly trying to choose on a price/lb even though it is a premium brand could be skewed by if a dogs is eating more or less of 1 brand based on what is in it and how filling it is for them. I would guess the take away should be that any of these brands above should be more than acceptable and pretty much choose what I am willing to afford.

Just as an aside, is it worth it at all to even look at the Kirkland signature brand if cost savings was the main goal? I know they aren't grain free but I seen a lot of older good reviews for the brand and it come sin at about $1 a lb when bought in the store or is it just better in the long run to pay up a little for one of these better brands.

Also...sorry so many questions! Is it okay to change flavors within brands? Like If I picked a certain brand switching up between Beef or Chicken or Pork or fish? or do you usually just stick with the same type all the time? Is it okay to mix in a commercial raw food once in a while as a "treat" like hey bud, dad had a good night at the casino, you getting Filet Mignon today! lol or do changes like this throw things off?

Thanks for the advice! First dog and want to make sure I'm following a good plan and doing right by him once he gets here.
 

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Grain free should be reserved for dogs with allergies. Taurine deficiencies have been an issue with grain free foods. Orijen and Acana are from Canada, so cost more. They also have locally sourced ingredients. Try what fits within your budget. If your dog does well on it, then stick with it.
Many people change out proteins within a brand and rotate. I swap in Forza10 when I get a good bonus. Just always transition slowly between them so as not to cause upset stomach. I always recommend using probiotics or fortiflora as well during transitions.
 

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Yes, change up "flavors". You should rotate between at least 4 different meats. Orijen foods contain multiple meats, so that's another plus in their favor.
As for grain or grain free, again, switch it up.
Willow, the pickiest eater in the universe, gets different kibbles all the time.
Feel free to add a little raw or freeze dried when you want to give a little extra goody.
 

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Oh, Inception is a budget friendly premium food. It's made by the people who make Zignature, which is a brand that uses "exotic" meats, which if you end up with a dog with food allergies, or just wanna give 'em something different, is worth checking out.
 
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