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I have been researching possible puppy food (can and dry) for my soon-to-be Chi puppy. She will be approx. 2-3 months old when she comes to live with us.
There are SO many options available that it's getting confusing about which brand would be the best to begin feeding her. I'm sure this question has been previously answered but would greatly appreciate some clarification/direction from the experienced Chi owners here
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There is a site called dogfoodanalysis.com you can look at - it grades most brands of dog food by stars, 5 being the best.

Are you in Europe, the US or somewhere else?
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I am in the U.S. and am considering the Wellness brand of puppy food. However, I am very open to suggestions / alternatives to this brand.

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have just looked at the website that you suggested as a beginning point. This will GREATLY narrow my search and help to compare differing brands.
I also have an older dog whom I think needs a diet that will address his allergy needs.
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I have been researching possible puppy food (can and dry) for my soon-to-be Chi puppy. She will be approx. 2-3 months old when she comes to live with us.
There are SO many options available that it's getting confusing about which brand would be the best to begin feeding her. I'm sure this question has been previously answered but would greatly appreciate some clarification/direction from the experienced Chi owners here
Many thanks in advance!

Linda
Linda,
I was confused by all the dog food info, too. I was also recommended the dog food analysis website, but that confused me even more. My groomer recommended a lamb & rice formula and said that's what they feed all their dogs (they have some little Poms and a few other breeds, as well as some cats). She even gave me a little bag of sample to try. Peanut wouldn't touch it at first. So I waited a few more weeks then tried again and now he loves it.

It really does make a difference what you feed them. Before I switched to the better food, Peanut was pooping like crazy all day long (and it wasn't no little bitty diddles, either!). It was so bad that he would have to stop in the middle of his feeding and go poop, then come back and finish eating. After we switched, his poops are normal now and not nearly so big or so often.
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One of my favorite subjects.

Definitely the dogfoodanalysis site is great. But...to lessen the confusion I'd get a list of foods you are interested in & search for them because browsing can be very overwhelming. To get a good quality food you will have to find a dog/pet specialty store. Petco/Petsmart & other chain stores generally won't carry the good stuff. However, I believe those 2 places mentioned above do sell Wellness brand. I've personally never fed Wellness but it is a decent food & I know lots of people have fed their pups that with great success.

I have fed my Chi's both Solid Golds Just a Wee Bit & EVO. Both of those foods are all life stage foods which means you can feed them from pup to senior (as long as they do well on it of course). We just started feeding raw so we don't do kibble anymore...but my pups did well on both - but better on the EVO....which is a grainless food.

Other great quality foods are Orijen, Canidae, Innova, EVO (made by Innova), Solid Gold, etc. There are many more but that should get you started. Good luck & kudos to you for doing your homework prior to getting your pup!

**I just want to add that the most important thing to stay away from is corn. It is the most common ingredient that most grocery store brand dog foods are made from yet it is the #1 leading cause for allergies! On top of that, most grocery store brands are loaded with fillers, dyes & other things potentially harmful to your pup. (Most) Vets are even ill educated on pet nutrition - which is why they sell Science Diet & other foods I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot poll. LOL I can't tell you how pleased I am to see someone wanting to learn before running into troubles with a certain food. Makes me jealous...I was one of the new pet owners who was led into the whole fancy commercial/bag/labeling/etc when first owning dogs. Thank goodness I found some great Chi forums and a great pet specialty store just after getting my first Chi. It was the most important thing I've learned from the net!

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I have been doing the same food research. I finally decided on the Wellness after reading doggfoodanalysis.com and I really like it so far. It's still being halfed with their other food currently but so far so good!
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I would suggest raw. But if you must pick a kibble, I like wellness a lot.
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