The age that your puppy becomes an “adult dog” is due to the length of the growth phase for different sized breeds, larger breed dogs taking considerably longer to reach adulthood than small breeds of dog. All dogs have an intense growth spurt at various ages.
Puppies generally start losing their puppy teeth at 4 – 6 months and therefore many people believe their dog has reached adulthood at 6 months of age, this is not the case even for the small breeds of dog.
When will my puppy become an adult dog?
The different classifications of when your puppy is an “adult dog” are due to the length of the growth phase for different-sized breeds. Large and giant dogs take a lot longer to fully mature than smaller dogs, although all of them have an intense growth spurt.
How is raw puppy formula different A puppy’s body is going through significant changes as it grows rapidly, whatever size or breed it is. Puppies require higher levels of calcium in their food than an adult dog to support in proper development of their skeleton. They also need more protein, as they are rapidly building muscle and other body tissues. For this reason Nutriment recommend feeding 5% over 3 meals until adulthood, the additional mealtime is because they are unable to eat as much but need plenty of energy to support their developing physiology.