The transition from puppy food to adult food happens when your dog has almost reached adulthood. This stage in a dog's life varies from breed to breed. A little chihuahua can switch to adult food a lot quicker than a golden retriever can.
So when exactly is your dog considered an 'adult'?
In general, we can assume the following:
- Toy breeds reach adulthood when they're about 6 months old.
- Small breeds reach an adult age when they're 8 months old.
- Medium and large breeds are considered 'adult' between 9 months and 11.5 months respectively.
- Giant breeds reach adulthood at 13.5 months, on average.
If your dog has reached adulthood, it doesn't need all that extra fuel packed in puppy food. Therefore, switching to adult food is needed to maintain a healthy diet.
Can you feed adult food to puppies?
Yes, there's no problem switching earlier than expected.
If your puppy is not fully grown and is on adult food, we would recommend portioning a bit more than prescribed (about an extra 10%). That way, your puppy gets the nutrients and calories they need to grow.
Not really sure how to portion correctly? Feel free to contact us via the chat button on our website. We'll be happy to help you out!
Or take a look at our adult recipes here.