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Currently my Callie (7 month old F1 Standard) is eating Orijen Large Breed Puppy formula. She is doing well on it, though I do find she is a bit gassy. She's very energetic, but I think that is a doodle-thing, more than a too-much-energy-in-the-food thing.

I am researching other foods for the time when she no longer needs puppy food. Right now, the contenders are Orijen 6-Fish, Innova EVO, Go! Natural, and Canidae All-Life-Stages (for those who haven't yet discovered it, www.dogfoodananlysis.com is enormously helpful). I had been considering only the Orijen and EVO, with the Go! Natural as a possible third choice, but so many of you seem to be feeding Canidae successfully that it seems worthwhile keeping it in the running.

I am hoping that the adult food will also be suitable for our 10-year-old miniature poodle, since our current experience is that keeping two dogs on two different foods is a challenge to say the least!

When did you switch from puppy to adult food? I know that lots of you are feeding Canidae, but have any of you had any experience (good or bad) with the 6-Fish, EVO, or Go! Natural with your Doodles?
 

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I'm also feeding Orijen to Henry who is turning one this week. The Orijen website says to switch the large breed puppy to adult food at 14 months so that's what we're going to do. Both their adult food and the 6-fish looks great. I also am considering Go Natural and EVO so it looks like we're in the same boat. It's all very confusing isn't it.
 
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I switched Bella at a little over 1 year. All those foods look wonderful, you will just need to find the one that works best for your baby. Some dogs get gas from certain ingredients, some don't like certain brands. You have some great choices lined up, I would not worry!
 

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I feed Cacao Innva Puppy and Candiae. I will take her off Innva something after she turns 6 months old or .....a year. I am not sure.
 

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I feed ALL LIFE STAGES

HOWEVER Peanut was about 10mos old when i had to give her half All life Stages and HALF SENIOR CANIDAE food to lose weight
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seems both MAX and PEANUT get 1/3 senior to 2/3 adult as they tend to share food.

BEAU is 9mos and still on all life stages only

Seems from my pets in past and others i know around 1yr old though
is the average age of switching. also your VET can advise you too.
 

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Henry could be Callie's blonde brother! I am glad to see that she isn't the only one who sits that way. It has taken some getting used to!
 

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this is something i often wonder about - when to switch. the rule of thumb i always heard for large breed dogs was switch to adult food at 6mos. my previous large breeds were rhodesian ridgebacks who were 80 - 100lbs. shaia is only 50 lbs and 7 months and i still haven't really decided when to switch her - she is doing fine on California Natural lamb & rice puppy food. maybe i'll switch at 10 months? for my smaller dogs, i always switched at a year.
 

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Oh my gosh, Mary... if you told me that those were pictures of my Callie, if it weren't for the different collar I'd have no problem believing it! How old is Shaia? And how do you add pics to a post like that? Newbie here!
 

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Duh! If I go back a few posts, I see that Shaia is 7 months, same as Callie. Callie was born on Sept 3rd.
 

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shaia was born SEPT 4!!!! how FUNNY! they do like like twins!! to post a pic, go to photobucket.com and sign up, then upload your photos and you can also resize and edit them, and copy and paste the link into the body of the message (i always hit preview to make sure it works).
her mom was a sliver standard poodle and her dad was a yellow english field lab. we got her here in northern california! callie must be an F1 too?

here she is at 10 weeks:


and covered with slobber and mud at the park last month:
 

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Yes, Callie is an F1. Her mom is a black Standard Poodle, her dad a black Labrador. She was one of 12 - 10 blacks, 1 chocolate, 1 yellow. All of the females in the litter were black, so I had a choice of six! She came from a small breeder right here in Nova Scotia.

Is Shaia beginning to silver? Callie has some silvering on the back of her legs and her beard is turning brownish, so I am wondering how far the transformation will go!

I have all of Callie's pics on my Facebook account, so here's a link for now, until I get myself set up with photobucket. This was taken the day after I brought her home at 9 weeks.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6 ... =562526954
 

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ok, you are describing shaia exactly. it's actually scary. yes, she is silvering evenly but lightly all over, more so on her legs, some on her back, and her beard is turning brownish-red. she was 1 of 6 - 2 chocolates and 4 blacks.
 
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