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hi I have not been on here for while but want to know what the best protein for a Caucasian mountain dog some people say 20% other say 25% her I want make sure my dog get right protein %  in dog food 

20 - 30% is good. The thing is to moderate growth and exercise. If the dog gets lots of exercise it will probably need more protein.  Most normal owners will probably find that 25% is good enough.

Gary

Yes please do not give over 30% it's a mistake alot of "big dog" owners make ...  Don't boost your dogs growth because that's all it will do ..

the genetics determine how large he/she will become (if fed properly) 

ok and grain free dog food better for it too 

I found this summary of nutrition info on vet-md.  Though I agree with some of the recommendation - I think some dogs because of activity and function will need more protein and fat during the growth stage.  

What do you think?

Puppies (up to one year of age)

Protein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 %
Fat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 %
Carbohydrate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 %
Crude Fiber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5%

Below are in mg/100 kcal

Calcium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.4
Phosphorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.0
Sodium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.5
Potassium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.75
Magnsesium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.13

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Adult Dogs (age 1-6 years)

Protein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 %
Fat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 %
Carbohydrate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 %
Crude Fiber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3%

Below are in mg/100 kcal

Calcium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.62
Phosphorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.59
Sodium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.28
Potassium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.76
Magnsesium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.12
Taurine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.13

Below is in ppm
Carnitine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282

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Mature Dogs (age 7 + years)

Protein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 %
Fat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 %
Carbohydrate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 %
Crude Fiber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5%

Below are in mg/100 kcal

Calcium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.62
Phosphorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.52
Sodium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.16
Potassium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.76
Magnsesium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.1
Taurine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.12

Below is in ppm
Carnitine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278

Gary Sicard

Ok thank u