by Brandon Bell
(Harlan, ky, USA)
What do I feed my puppy (pitbull) to make him grow up to be really big.
I heard some stuff but I was wondering if I feed him half dry and half wet will it make him grow up to be bigger then if i just feed him dry dog food, and if you have any tips of when I should feed him to help him grow, cause I want him to be big, cause my brother has a pitbull and his is not big at all.
Although feeding your puppy a nutritious food is very important for his health and development, how big he will grow depends more on his genetic background (parents, bloodlines etc.) and his individual bone structure, than it does on his food.
A puppy whose parents and grandparents were on the small side, and who has a below-average bone size, will not grow to be big no matter how much you feed him - he may get FAT, but that's not the same thing at all.
What you need to aim for is to have your puppy grow to fulfill his individual 'potential', and to do that you need to be sure that he is getting optimum nutrition. Pitbulls are muscular dogs, more than big dogs. Good muscle tone, a shiny coat, strong bones and teeth and lots of energy are what you would expect to see in a dog who is getting well fed.
Don't choose a generic, low quality food. Instead look for a food that is high in protein and contains the minimum of fillers, chemicals, additives etc. You can find out how to rate any dog food according to it's ingredients on my Dog Food Comparisons page.
To start with, I would recommend that you also read these articles on my site, they will give you a good idea of what to look for in a food, and how to make sure your puppy gets the best nutrition.
Dog Food Comparison Chart>
Dog Food Ratings
Best of luck with your puppy.