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A good dry dog food is vital to golden retriever puppy’s well being when between 2- 4 months of age. Generally, these months in the life of a Labrador or Golden Retriever puppies is when the little canine has been weaned from the immense goodness of its mother’s milk and is introduced to solid food. It becomes very important to find the right dry dog food so that a healthy growth and robust adulthood can be secured.
Size-based categorization of dog breeds (small, medium, large, giant) is the most common way of grouping the dogs. In each size-defined breed, the dogs share certain unique features, which have a substantial impact on their overall health and play a big role in determining their ideal diet. Let’s find out which breed a Labrador and Golden Retriever belongs to.
Retriever Family and its origin
Arguably most modern retriever dog breeds like Chesapeake Bay retriever, Labrador retriever, Flat Coated Retriever and Golden Retriever owe their DNA to a breed of dog called St. John’s Water Dog. Labrador retriever dogs originated in Newfoundland, Canada and Golden Retriever comes from Scotland. Both of the retrievers are bred as gun dogs; it is the type of hunting dogs which are trained to retrieve shot waterfowls as well as upland game birds.
Golden Retrievers are intelligent and gentle, perfect for families with kids. Labradors too are superb family dogs; they are friendly and athletic and again require vigorous exercise. As a working dog it enjoys outdoor sports. These highly trainable dogs need ample exercise and work wonders as sniffers and guide dogs and for hunting and rescue operations.
Labrador retriever and Golden Retriever puppies belong to the large (also, Maxi) breed. Large breed dogs are categorised as the ones which gain over 25 kg of weight at full adult growth, which is usually accomplished between 12 to 24 months. Both Lab and Golden Retriever assume an adult weight of over 25 kg.
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Common health issues of large dog breeds :
Prone to Developmental Orthopaedic Diseases: Large dogs are naturally predisposed to grow at a fast rate, and keep growing for longer periods as compared to smaller breeds. A high-calorie, growth-boosting food is only going to have adverse effects on the overall health, especially the developing and delicate skeleton of the dog. Most common disorders of bones and joints in large dogs are hip dysplasia, hypertrophic osteodystrophy and osteochondrosis.
Digestive problems: In large dogs, intestines weigh only 3% of their total body weight, whereas in small breeds it makes up about 7% of their body weight. So there is smaller area for digestion and absorption of nutrients. Food stays longer in the colon of the large breed canines that means longer fermentation which further translates into more watery and frequent stools.
(Source: Pet MD)
Right food for Labrador and Golden Retriever puppy aging 2 to 4 months
Both commercially prepared and home-made dog food can be fed to support the health of your pup. Homemade food is better than commercial foods, the only problem being the effort it requires to prepare nutritionally balanced food at home every day. If you are ready to make that extra effort, do consult a certified veterinary nutritionist and get accurate details of ingredients, recipes, methods of cooking, etc. for preparing food of a retriever puppy.
A good commercial puppy food assures the supply of essential nutrients, in the precise proportions to meet the distinct health needs of a specific breed and/or life stage. Commercially made large breed puppy food presents wholesome nutrition in the form of correctly sized, textured and highly palatable kibbles. You can go through the food labels of good quality foods and choose the best large breed puppy food keeping in mind the requirements of your pup, the advice of your vet and your own judgement.
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The skeletal development of a dog usually depends on genetics, nutrition and exercise. As a pet parent you have complete control over nutrition. Exercise is also important, but should come second to nutrition in the list of relevance.
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