We are picking up our Labrador puppy after Christmas, and I am trying to sort out what food we will get for her to eat. We don't have a massive budget, I.e we can't really afford £40 per 12kg bag of food.
I have narrowed it down, I think, to Harringtons Puppy Food or CSJ puppy food. What are people thoughts on these two?
Good breeders don't pick a food just for the fun of it, they research carefully and choose the food they think is best.
If you have found a good breeder, stick with the food they have chosen.
And whatever you do, do not put a lab puppy onto cheap food. By all means swap to a cheaper brand once they have fully grown, but do not compromised with a puppy. They grow so fast, they need good quality nutrition to support the incredible increase in size - lab pups are born at approx 250g, and by 7 months old are in the region of 22kg.
I am a bit concerned you say you can't afford £40 for a large sack of dog food though - dogs are expensive to run. Jabs, worming, insurance, insurance excess for every claim, food, training classes etc. It adds up.
It's a decent food. I can't see a reason to swap him off it, there aren't any massive nasties lurking in the ingredients list, nor is it full of filler.
Sounds like your breeder has chosen food for the good of her pups, not her pocket! Worth sticking with. The breeder should send you home with a week or so's worth of food but it wouldn't hurt to get a sack in stock in good time - deliveries might be up the stick!
And I've just noticed a mistake with the newborn lab puppy weight. They're born at about 500g/1lb, give or take a bit. Down to careless fingers and brain. Sorry!