A question that is often asked is at what age should you switch from puppy food to adult food.
The short answer is, move over to adult food once your puppy has reached 80% of their adult size.
The age at which they reach full size will vary between different breed sizes:
Small Breed Dogs – reaching full size between 10-12 months.
Medium Breed Dogs – reaching full size between 12-15 months.
Large Breed Dogs – reaching full size at 18 months.
Giant Breed Dogs – reaching full size between 18-24 months but could take longer
When you make the change keep an eye on their weight. Puppy foods have higher energy levels, to supply the needs of growing puppies. What this means is if you move over to adult foods too early, when they still need the extra energy, then they will lose weight. If you make the switch to adult food too late then they will be getting more calories than they need and may gain weight.
When you make the switch to adult food, do this over a period of around 10 days to allow their digestive system to adapt.
Days 1 and 2: Feed 3/4 puppy food and 1/4 adult dog food.
Days 3 to 4: Serve half puppy food and half adult dog food.
Days 5 to 7: Feed 1/4 puppy food and 3/4 adult dog food.
Days 8 to 10: Serve adult dog food.