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So I have a 4 month old Akita/Husky who's weighing in at 47 pounds currently. Vet estimates he'll be 180 pounds if be keeps growing at the rate he's been going. (Gained 20 pounds in 1 month and 6 pounds in 6 days last week) I doubt hell get that big but surely he's going to be a monster.

I also have a 2 yr old 80 pound Dutch shepherd/German shepherd mix.

They're currently on Purina Dog Chow which I know is garbage and after looking into other brands I've decided to switch to something alot better for them.

I know good brands like Blue buffalo and call of the wild but they're sometimes 60$ for a 40/50 pound bag. I am not trying to spend much more then $45 for a 40/50 pound bag. If anyone can recommend a good feed, that would be awesome.
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Honestly, I think Taste of the Wild is worth it. I was turned off by the price tag as well. Someone gave me half a bag to try out. It made my dog glow in the dark. Her coat was shiny, she had boundless energy, and she no longer itches herself raw. (She's a 60 pound, four-year-old pit bull, by the way.)

A big bag lasts a long time too. Since it's good quality, you don't have to feed as much. I ended up spending the same for nice food as I did for crappy food.
 

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Honestly, I am repulsed by mostly all dog food.

We feed a raw diet. We feed whole chicken leg quarters, two a day, and then one every three days instead of two. That keeps them on track. They feel so much better, coats are nicer, stools are better, more comfort, and our old ten year old Dane is doing exceptionally well on it with her joints.

If you do some research you can see how much healthier it is. For us, it evens out to about the same cost as kibble too. You can buy the chicken leg quarters at walmart in big red bags in the meat section, one bag lasts three days. If they have to not eat for a day too, it's no big deal on their system. I mean, don't aim for it, but if something was to happen you could leave them to "fast" for one day with no negative effects.

If you do feed kibble, the Blue and Call of the Wild is going to be as close as you'll get to a healthy solution for them...
 

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We feed cheap bagged food as something for them to just 'have' but ours get home-made stuff too. Sometimes raw, sometimes cooked it gets stored in the freezer and ta-da, healthy dog food. Something they really like is pumpkin but the smell getting it prepared and frozen so they can have it all year long is just gross, nothing like pumpkin pie :lol:
 

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The bagged dog food causes too rapid bone growth. Old Roy is actually ok dog food as far as bagged foods go. Dogs need variety in their diet, not just the grain based dog food. Mine have always gotten partially cooked veggies (no potato), meat juices. I've even gone to the butcher and asked for trimmings and cooked them as I don't know how long they sat before being refrigerated. This supplied the dog with bones, real meat which was beef, chicken and pork, and lots of good broth. The scraps and broth comprised half the meal. When I first got my Chesapeake I was also given a yellow bag of pricey dog food. His coat was dull and he really stunk. Barely a week on Old Roy and that awful odor was gone. On the Old Roy and scrap diet he developed a beautiful shiney coat and no odor.
 

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We've been feeding Blue Seal lamb and rice and have been pleased with the results. Our house dog was a fat little ******, when we switched she started to slim down and grow a nice coat of hair.

The farm dogs also have nice hair and are doing great in it. My ACD is solid muscle and looks great.
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The bagged dog food causes too rapid bone growth. Old Roy is actually ok dog food as far as bagged foods go. Dogs need variety in their diet, not just the grain based dog food. Mine have always gotten partially cooked veggies (no potato), meat juices. I've even gone to the butcher and asked for trimmings and cooked them as I don't know how long they sat before being refrigerated. This supplied the dog with bones, real meat which was beef, chicken and pork, and lots of good broth. The scraps and broth comprised half the meal. When I first got my Chesapeake I was also given a yellow bag of pricey dog food. His coat was dull and he really stunk. Barely a week on Old Roy and that awful odor was gone. On the Old Roy and scrap diet he developed a beautiful shiney coat and no odor.
Our old small animal vet stopped trying to sell us high priced brands after our dog reached 15 and still looked great on Old Roy WalMart food.
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I had the same dilemma with my dog, when your $120 pounds you can't help but eat A LOT. Actually my dog was a pretty "easy keeper" but it still didn't keep us from going through 50lbs a month. We had him on Nutro Naturals, better then average but not tip top quality. I wish I had a Costco card because their Kirkland signature dog food is supposed to be up there with the best of them and its EXTREMELY affordable!
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We feed Blue wilderness for the high protein content. I have a kurzhaar that has an insane metabolism and it's the only thing that keeps him at a good weight. We've tried just about everything with him, sure wish he'd keep weight on something a bit cheaper though lol.
 

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AvoDerm® - Large Breed Puppy Formula

I have 1 dog who has extremely touchy digestion, anything remotely like cheap dog food and he gets the runs. The other 2 can eat anything they like but because of him, I buy the "good" stuff. After some experimentation I found Avo Derm and LOVE it. It's certainly not the cheapest dog food around but I never have tummy upsets or diarrhea, they shine like little mirrors and aren't psycho on it (I have JRTs). We go through a 30 lb bag/month or so and it runs me right around $50. And I can buy it at Petco.

 

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I've used the Kirkland Signature brand & really like it, but where we live now it's 100 miles to the nearest Costco. Our dogs are doing well w/food from Petsmart-their brand, I believe.
 

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Love that pic Pat! My sister has a wire haired Parson Russell, he's such a spaz most of the time but when he's in a mellow mood, he's the best snuggle buddy ever and cute as all get out.
 

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Love that pic Pat! My sister has a wire haired Parson Russell, he's such a spaz most of the time but when he's in a mellow mood, he's the best snuggle buddy ever and cute as all get out.
LOL, oh yeah, we call them the "Evil Snugglers" because they're better than a sleeping pill for getting you to sit down and fall asleep with them in your lap. When they're sweet and good, oh my, there's no better little dog. When they're naughty...............mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
 

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We use to feed Purina. It's one of the better cheap dog foods. When the recall was going on a couple years ago a couple of our dogs came down with mild cases of salmonella. We switched over to Bill Jac because it wasn't on any of the recall list. We're feeding Simply Nourish (Petsmart brand) now which is about $48 for a 30lb bag.
Kirklands is good, so is Nutro, Science Diet is overrated.
I've noticed we don't have to feed as much with the higher end dog food because there's less fillers. I've also noticed there is less waste in the yard to clean up.
 

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Our three dogs (2yr old 100 pound Bernese mountain dog, 6yr old 17 pound bichon frise, 12yr old 40 pound beagle) are all on blue seals lamb an rice. We had them on tractor supply's 4health grain free, which I really liked because the Bichon's skin problems disappeared, and the bernese's tummy troubles went away. They are doing pretty well on the blue seal. Other brands we have fed are canidae and wellness, both of which I liked.
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My shepherd gets random dry skin issues. Mostly during the winter. Last winter she got a bad hot spot and would itch herself raw in many other places. My dogs both do well on the purina but I feel like I atleast owe it to them for some good stuff! Haha but let me tell you, I feed a full bowl 2x a day to my guys and that's keeping them at a good weight.
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The dog food you need is the one your dog does well on- unfortunately just like horses, there is no 'one size fits all' diet that is guaranteed to result in a happy, non-itchy, non-smelly, happy gut dogs. I've seen dogs do well on everything from Old Roy and Beneful to nutritionist formulated specialty homemade diets.

IME, the crappy cheap foods result in gassy greasy dogs who poop a lot and you have to feed a lot so you have to buy a lot. Out of all the dogs I see in my practice, it's only a rare few that really seem to do well on those, but they do exist. My dad's dogs always did very well on Iams. My own (who have various medical issues) have done well on different prescription diets, Taste of the Wild, Natural Balance, Innova Evo, and now the Smartpak food. I like that it just shows up at my house when I need it, and my dogs are happy and healthy. I also feed them people food- leftovers and the like (avoiding chocolate, grapes, onions, etc) since I figure that's what dogs were domesticated on anyway.
 
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