With so much dog food on the market, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to feed your new Weimaraner puppy. Luckily, if you’re getting a Barrett puppy, you can get a recommendation/head start.For those of you who want to nerd out, here are a few additional articles to read about selecting high quality dog food:
- How to Choose the Best Dry Dog Food
- Hallmarks of Quality Dog Food
- Selecting the Best Quality Dog Food
- Identifying Better Products
I’m lucky that my dogs come from a long line of dogs who have stomachs of steel. They’re not allergic to anything (that I know of), and they rarely have unexplained upset or sensitive stomachs.
It’s hard to know if the success I have is due to 1) the genetics of my dogs, or 2) the fact that I feed them high quality food, but the bottom line is, what I’m doing is working, so I would recommend that puppy owners feed similar food unless there’s a specific/health related reason to switch.
Puppies out of our 2020 litters were weaned onto Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Lamb and Rice (28% protein). The purpose of a puppy formula is to provide a more calorie-dense food to support growing bodies. At about 6-9 months, puppies transition into the adult formula. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find more information about ordering this food through Chewy.
Mango (above) is a third generation resident of the Barrett brood. She has good genetics going for her; her gramma Friday and pappa Boulder both have iron stomachs; they can and do eat anything they want and are allergic to nothing. Mango is currently eating one and a half cups of Fromm Chicken a la Veg (24% protein), two times per day. It’s what she’s been on since she was a puppy, and it works well for her, so we’ve just never bothered to change it.
Boulder (Mango’s dad) is in training and conditioning mode so he can compete on the field trial circuit. His activity level is much higher than that of an average dog, so he’s on Purina Pro Plan Sport 30/20 (30% protein and ) to support his high activity level. boulder has been doing well on this food for the last six years.
Britta and Friday (Boulder’s mom) are both 11 years old. We’ve had to adjust their protein intake over the years, but currently find that Purina Pro Plan Savor Lamb and Rice (26% protein) works well for both of them. Britta and Friday have previously been on Wellness Core, Taste of the Wild, Merrick, Acana, and Orijen. (We’ve toyed with lots of brands over the years.)
All dogs at home get morning supplements. We add 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil to maintain the coat on our dogs, a NuVet vitamin to boost nutrition, and and a packet of Purina Pro Plan FortiFlora to boost gut health.
Supplements. The kiddos also get occasional supplements like raw eggs, cooked eggs, and other treats, but that’s a different topic.
How Much to Feed. Please do NOT feed your dog based on recommended guidelines on the bag. Go with what your look LOOKS like, and adjust accordingly. Note that what your dog needs will change based on the time of year, recent weather, current activity level, etc.
Where to Buy Dog Food. Open an account through Chewy or get a Prime account through Amazon. The prices you find online will usually beat what you can find at local pet stores, you get free shipping, AND your food arrives on your doorstep within a couple days of ordering it.
With Chewy, the only commitment is having the food auto-shipped and auto-billed on an every-so-often basis. Just click on the frequency that works for you. Pretty good deal, considering I no longer have to go TO the pet store, AND it’s cheaper.
Unfortunately, as of mid-2017, Chewy was bought out by PetSmart and Fromm (a family company) removed themselves from mass distribution. We now get our Fromm delivered through PetFlow.
Cheers! – Kim
Last updated: June 2020
Note: I don’t get any kickbacks from Fromm or Purina. I just happen to like their products, and so do my dogs.