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Vet+Top Breeder+my silly maltipoo dog - can't be wrong!
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2018
I have a dog now. I honestly didn't intend to get one for a while, but well...here we are. She's a maltipoo (Maltese/Mini Poodle). She's 11 months old and she's looks like a Q-tip with legs. I'm not sure what her early story was but when we got her, she wasn't big on any of the food I tried. Several days passed without much of a bite. I tried wet food that was easy on the tummy from the vet and Royal Canine Maltese dry dog food. The vet recommended Purina Pro Plan brand so when I couldn't find it, I went with her second choice (the Royal Canine). On the fifth day, I called a top Maltese breeder because her behavior and appearance seem to take more after that breed and he told me that this type of dog doesn't live to eat - it eats to live. He mentioned that she was reaching that upper limit of time that he would expect this to happen. Apparently, it's not too uncommon for the breed when they are stressed. He mentioned this food as it is what he feeds his champion dogs. Fortunately, after day 5, she decided to start eating the Royal Canine. When it was time to get a new bag of food, I remembered the vet and the breeder both STRONGLY recommended this (these two individuals live in different states so there is no risk of collusion here). I bought it from Amazon (love the price too btw) and tried it out while I still had some of the other food left.
She.Ate.It.Up And I mean seriously. This dog is kind of a grazer eating a few bites here and there. Not this day. It was weird. I know it's a hit now but we had a few days left of the other food and when I put her old Royal Canine food back in her food dish, it was like giving a 6 year old brussel sprouts...She gave me those "Do I HAVE to, Mom?" Yeah, kiddo..Ya do. But if you eat your old food you get the new food. I'm a mom of 4 real sticky, silly, picky kids, so puppy dog eyes don't work as well as they did for my pre-kiddo puppers. I've toughened up. Except about the brussel sprouts. No one is that evil.
Update: We have now had this fun loving Maltipoo on this food for about 6 months. Her coat is shinier. Her weight has increased but in a positive and healthy way. When we got her at 11 months old, her back hip bones were very prominent and remained that way even after 2 months on the original dog food mentioned. Now, she has a healthy weight and those bony protrusions are gone with a reasonable amount of healthy body fat. The vet was very happy with her check up visit.
Side note: Now that she has had it for a while, she has figured out that there are some bites that are her "favorites" and so she eats those first, and then goes back for the rest of the kibble. She's figured out that more isn't coming if she doesn't finish what's in the bowl first.