Jen Fan wrote:My vote is and will always be raw meat, whole prey if you can manage. Rabbits are AWESOME dog food. Poultry works too. And roadkill when you're in a pinch, if it's legal in your state!
Our Anatolian is 13 months old and somewhere over 100lbs. She'll likely top out over 120-150, I have very little doubt. Her mother was only 60lbs! Her dad was 80lbs at 3 years old! I had low expectations for her size. In my mind, the difference has been made by feeding her 100% raw meat. Lots of fat, bones, cartilage, skin, organs, innards- all the good greasy minerals and nutrients a big dog needs is right there in its natural state.
Our dogs are robust, clean, soft, smell fresh and clean, have no eye goobers, no icky ears,, have no itching or skin problems, are not overweight, and have no health complaints to speak of. My 10 y/o shepherd has pearly white teeth, fresh breath, and is spry and playful as a pup.
And no, feeding them raw meat doesn't make em mean. They share carcasses and meals quite peacefully amongst themselves and will take a tidbit of meat from your fingers as daintily as you please. They're 120% trustworthy with all of the livestock- even the rabbits they eat. That's about conditioning and training, of course. But feeding a dog a chicken doesn't mean it becomes a chicken killer, as I often hear strangely repeated. Maybe it will if you LET it... Anyway, I digress.
Raw meat! Nature's best food for our four legged carnivorous friends!