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Limited Ingredient Diet Large Breed Puppy FoodLamb & Whole Brown Rice Formula

NATURAL CHOICE® Limited Ingredient Diet Large Breed Puppy Food is designed to help provide healthy, balanced growth for large breed puppies. Made with premium Australian and New Zealand lamb and whole brown rice, your puppy will get the natural nutrition they need without added ingredients that could cause digestive problems or aggravate food sensitivity. Our limited ingredient diet formula is a careful blend of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that promotes proper skeletal development. Plus, its naturally sourced glucosamine and chondroitin help to develop strong and healthy joints, and it has a delicious taste your large breed puppy will enjoy again and again.

Package Sizes Available: 15 lbs., 30 lbs.

Overview and Key Benefits

  • Real Chicken Is the #1 Ingredient
    Real Lamb Is the #1 Ingredient
    Real Australian and New Zealand lamb is our #1 ingredient. Along with whole brown rice, it provides optimal nutrition and easier digestion.
  • Strong, Healthy Joints
    Strong, Healthy Joints
    Our naturally sourced glucosamine and chondroitin deliver the nutritional building blocks of healthy cartilage and help develop strong and healthy joints.
  • Targeted Nutrition for a Healthy Growth
    Balanced Growth
    Our proper levels of protein and fat help target healthy and balanced growth, while minerals help promote optimal skeletal development.
  • Minerals to Support Puppy Growth
    Development With Omega-3 Fatty Acids
    Our exclusive SMART START® Formula provides omega-3 fatty acids – EPA and DHA – that are essential for healthy growth and development.
  • Guaranteed to Improve Skin and Coat
    Guaranteed to Improve Skin and Coat**
    Optimal levels of omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid), zinc and B vitamins promote healthy skin and a soft, shiny coat — guaranteed.
** Complete satisfaction or your money back
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Ingredients and Guaranteed Analysis

NATURAL CHOICE® Large Breed Puppy Food with Chicken, Brown Rice, and Oatmeal
See the back of this package in stores for the approximate kibble size.
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min.) 26.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 15.00%
Crude Fiber (max.) 3.00%
Moisture (max.) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (min.) 3.50%
Calcium (min.) 1.00%
Calcium (max.) 1.50%
Phosphorus (min.) 0.90%
Phosphorus (max.) 1.30%
Zinc (min.) 250 mg/kg
Niacin (min.) 250 mg/kg
Biotin (min.)* 2.5 mg/kg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (min.)* 0.05%
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) (min.)* 0.05%
Glucosamine (min.)* 100 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate (min.)* 350 mg/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min.)* 0.15%
* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles
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Feeding Guidelines

Transitioning to Our Products
If switching to this formula or feeding NATURAL CHOICE® Dog Food for the first time, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of the new formula with your old food for six days.
Read Our Transition Article
Feeding Guidelines
These are the recommended feeding ranges for puppies. These guidelines should be adjusted as needed to obtain optimum weight.

Puppies: From 3 to 5 weeks of age, moisten food and feed frequently. From 6 weeks of age, feed the suggested amount in three meals per day until 6 months of age, then twice daily.

Pregnant Bitches: During pregnancy, offer 50% more than the amount shown for puppies over 12 months of age.

Lactating Bitches: Offer at least two to three times the amount shown for puppies over 12 months of age.

If feeding NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Dog Food for the first time, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Limited Ingredient Diet Large Breed Puppy Lamb & Whole Brown Rice Formula Dog Food with your old food for six days. Keep fresh drinking water available at all times, provide plenty of exercise and see your veterinarian regularly. Serve dry or lightly moistened. To help maintain freshness, we recommend sealing the bag tightly and storing it in a cool, dry location.
Puppy Age — Suggested Amounts to Feed Per Day (Cups)
6 – 11
3 – 5
6 – 8
9 – 12
Over 12
Up to 10 lbs. 1 2/3 – 1 3/4  1 1/3 – 1 2/3  ----- ----- -----
20 lbs. 2 3/4 – 3 2 1/3 – 2 3/4  2 – 2 1/3 ----- -----
30 lbs.  3 3/4 – 4 1/4  3 1/4 – 3 3/4 2 2/3 – 3 1/4  2 1/2 – 2 3/4
40 lbs.  4 2/3 – 5 1/4 4 –  4 2/3 3 1/4 – 4 3 – 3 1/3 -----
60 lbs. ----- 5 1/4 – 6 1/3 4 1/2 – 5 1/4 4 1/4 – 4 1/2 3 1/2
80 lbs. ----- 6 1/2 – 7 3/4 5 2/3 – 6 1/2 5 1/4 – 5 2/3 4 1/3
100 lbs. ----- ----- 6 2/3 – 7 3/4 6 1/4 – 6 2/3 5 1/4
120 lbs. ----- ----- 7 2/3 – 8 3/4 7 – 7 2/3 6
140 lbs. ----- ----- 8 2/3 – 10 8  – 8 2/3 6 2/3
160 lbs. ----- ----- ----- 8 3/4 – 9 1/2 7 1/3
180 lbs. ----- ----- ----- 9 2/3 – 10 1/2 8
200 lbs. ----- ----- ----- ----- 8 2/3
†Use a standard 8-oz. measuring cup, which holds 3.53 oz. of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Limited Ingredient Diet Large Breed Puppy Lamb & Whole Brown Rice Formula Dog Food. Moisten the food until the puppy no longer has sore gums and has sufficient teeth to chew the kibble.
NUTRO® Dog Food Body Chart
Underweight Dog Idealweight Dog Overweight Dog
Underweight Ideal Weight Overweight
Increase the feeding amount to achieve an ideal weight.
Maintain feeding at the current level.
Decrease the feeding amount to the lower range of target weight within the age category.
Calorie Content
Metabolizable energy 3724 kcal/kg, 373 kcal/cup (calculated)
Nutritional Adequacy Claim
NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Limited Ingredient Diet Large Breed Puppy Lamb & Whole Brown Rice Formula Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth, gestation and lactation.

Product Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 91reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Boxer puppy doesn't like it For some dogs, I'm sure this is great, but our boxer puppy does not eat it very well. Most of the time she will leave a huge portion unless we add a little warm water. She is 7 months old. Her stools are not formed very well at all and they smell awful. We previously had her on the chicken and oatmeal large breed puppy, and it did the same thing. We have brought her to the vet several times and she is healthy seemingly. I'm not sure what our next move will be. She obviously isn't a fan. Every dog is different and I'm sure it is great for some, but sadly it isn't working for us. July 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product I rescued a pup from a shelter that was feeding him science diet. It made him incredibly ill and we spent a lot of time at the vet. I tried switching his food and in two days he was as good as new. July 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome I've been feeding my kids (dogs) of course Natural choice for a very long time know and their skin and coat is very healthy looking and so shinny. I totally recommend this to everyoned of my friends and my family with cats or dogs. its affordable and great dog food. ;) March 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Buckley loves it! great for Puppies! We got it as part of our starter kit, and kept on with it! March 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best We got a German Shepard puppy for Christmas. Seller recommended a more expensive food. Puppy did good, but had to be push to eat. Vet. ok to change brand. After reading about others, decided on this one. Best choice ever made! Puppy eats it without having to push to it. His coat and skin are just lovely and his digestive system is great. #2 doesn't smell. With other one it did, bad! Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a good deal on dog food and wants to make sure that he/she's dog grows-up healthy. Vet. approved. January 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Dane Puppy Approved! My husband and I just got our first puppy, and we chose a Great Dane! As soon as we placed a deposit on her I started my research for her food! I knew that her food was important for proper growth and keeping her healthy. I searched for about 2 months, looking a various brands, heading to different stores, and talking to different Dane owners- as well as large breed owners. After careful consideration we chose Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy Lamb and Rice formula. We brought Audrey home a little over a month ago and she loves her food! Everywhere we go we get compliments on how healthy she looks and how soft her coat is! Our vet was very pleased with the food choice as well. She is a Dane owner, and feeds here Dane the same thing! I would not switch to anything else. The price is also very reasonable! December 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just switched My dog, Lilly, is VERY picky when it comes to food, I have been feeding her the same food since she was born,. I went to the pet store one day to pick up some food and inatvertently picked up regular size kibbles, she usually eats small bites. Well, she wouldn't eat it. So this time when I went to pick up some food, and they didn't have the size bag I normally get, the store manager convinced me to get Natural Choice, even after I told him how PICKY Lilly is. I brought it home, and she loves it!! I will continue to buy Natrual Choice from now on. I really like the fact that I know she is getting wholesome ingrediants and it is made here in the USA. August 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Made in America! I have been feeding Large Breed Puppy food to my Lab for six months now and I am getting complements on his soft and shiny coat all the time. Nutro is one of the only companies out there that can trace ALL their ingredients. Therefore, everything in the bag is made in America. That is one of the reasons why I love Nutro just as much as my puppy does. That, and all the healthy ingredients that make my puppy grow! June 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is wonderful We have a 13 week old German shepherd who is doing wonderfully on this food, the large breed formula is great and since she seems to not be able to eat chicken to have the lamb formula available is a life saver. Just wish there was a grain free formula for large breed puppies. But for now this is a great brand and product. June 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent dog foo I have had dogs my whole life growing up, i have a puppy German Sheppard, and she is growing so fast and is in such great shape. i recommend this dog food to all my friends and family June 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Puppy food We have been feeding our dog this food since he was 8 weeks old and he is now 10 months, He loves it and looks great. We also have and older dog a that we have had since a pup and also is fed Nutro. February 23, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great for large puppy My golden doodle is nine months old. We bought the Nutro for him because we had bought it for another dog. He has grown large very quickly but has few digestion problems. January 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by My labs LOVE this food We have had our older lab since she was 8 weeks old. We went into Petco to get food for her and the sales associate told us about Nutro. The lady opened a small bag as well as another brand and we did a taste test for Layla, our black lab. She tasted the Nutro first and seemed happy with it. Then she tasted the other stuff and wanted nothing to do with it. Might seem strange to do it this way, but it worked for us and we've been feeding her Nutro for nearly 6 years. Layla's coat has always had a rich and healthy sheen to it, even through two pregnancies which yielded a total of 11 healthy and happy puppies. We kept one puppy from her second litter and she will only get Nutro. And yes, we even recommend Nutro to the families that purchase puppies from us. January 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by My dog loves this food!!! I have a 7mth old mastiff who loves natural choice. December 12, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by My Puppy Bear Loves This Food Bear my Chow/Akita Puppy loves this food. Bear's coat is so soft and shiny. December 7, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by awesome! Our german shepherd loves it! It also helped improved his coat. This is a great dog food! December 5, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by My puppy is happy and healthy!! I have been feeding Nutro to my goldendoodle since he came home!! We started on chicken but switched to lamb because of loose stool. He is now 8 months old and is growing steadily! He is active and his coat is beautiful!! He is like a giant stuffed animal. Thanks Nutro for one happy pup!! November 23, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by no nutritional information I think its appalling that even on the web site you cannot find out basic nutritional fact such as calories/cup and grams of protein/carbs, etc. November 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Healthy Dog I have a one year old lab mix. She has ate Nutro her whole life. Real healthy, nice soft coat. I It is not over priced and I will not feed my dog any other brand. November 5, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a great product! Best food I've found for my dogs I love Neutro Max August 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by finally found a quality dog food! I adopted a Boxer/Lab mix from our local APL in March, he was originally fed Science Diet but I wanted to put him on something more holistic. Ever since Hayden switched his coat is soft and shiny, he has tons of energy, and eats every last piece! I would recommend this to anyone. June 20, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by GREAT!!! I used Nutro for years and just recently got a new puppy pit bull. He seemed quite hungry but his stomach didn't like the generic food somone gave us with him. He tore right in to the Nutro and within a few days he had solid stool and was looking perky as ever May 13, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by This product has great features My German Shepard started eating this food when he started eating his first meals, and continued eating it with great enthusiasm until he reached eleven months of age. I purchased it from my nearby Pet Supermarket, as it was a great buy, and had a Sale price, along with a Coupon for $l0.00 from Nutro.I was so excited to be able to feed a good wholesome diet, dog food, with a great price, until the Puppy decided he would no longer eat the food, no matter if I moistened it or added anything to encourage his eating it. Thinking I could return it and purchase another food from Pet Supermarket, I found that because I could not locate the Sales Receipt, the store would not let me return the food for credit to purchase another food, so I am stuck with a bag of food he refuses to eat, and the great bargain turned out to be a loss. March 21, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by My puppy is doing well on Nutro. My puppy has shiny fur and endless energy. She is doing very well on NUTRO. March 16, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a great food for large puppy bones. We used Natural Choice on our last two dogs so when our son adopted/saved an Anatolian Sheppard Puppy in Afghanistan I thought we should stay with the brand we used on our other dogs. Dog food from the U.S. isn't available over there so we buy the largest bag of Large Breed Puppy food, fill three flat rate boxes and ship them to him every few weeks. He plans on bringing Bella home with him when he returns next fall and wants to stay with the same brand of dog food that she has been raised on. March 15, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by There is no better choice for a puppy. Eve is happy, less smelly and Loves her food. I did not even put her on a different source of food she has been a nutro puppy since the day she came home from the breeder. They were feeding Ol' Roy. Eve's first couple of days were pretty gassy but we got through it and now she will not even sniff at other dog foods. I have to pack dog food along with the kid's stuff. she and my senior dog are doing great on this food. March 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Natural Choice is Our Choice Katie loves this food & so do I! Recently I called a local pet shop to find out if they had Natural Choice in stock because their prices are very reasonable, plus I had a $10 coupon . The store didn't have the food in stock. I was offered a different brand that is supposedly comparable to Natural Choice. I declined the offer and went to another store which charges more than the previous shop. I love this brand and wouldn't dare consider switching brands. I know it 's the right formula for Katie, because her coat is extremely healthy and shiny, she's very energetic, and she loves her food. I'll stick with this food until it's time to graduate her to the adult formula for Large Breed Dogs by Natural Choice! March 13, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Miss Beautiful In December we adopted a 12 month old German Shepherd from a GS Rescue in our state. It was like adopting a child. There were so many criteria to , pass references to get etc.. Finally , we got to pick her up. The lady that runs the rescue told us that all she uses is Nutro Large Breed Puppy. She had 15 German Shepherds at the time and feeds all the dogs Nutro. Our Bella is absolutely beautiful, and has a gorgeous coat. She grew two inches in heigh in the first 2 months we had her. She has so much endurance and energy. She runs in our pasture and I mean RUNS for an hour twice a day. We would never think of changing her food. She is perfect in every way! March 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by My puppy loves this food I have a great dane and she has a very sensitive stomach and sensitive skin. So, she needs good food. This food is gentle on her stomach. We used to have to watch her to make sure she was eating, but now she looks forward to eating and gets excited when we put food in her bowel. We love this food and are so glad to have found it. March 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by "PRIME SPECIMEN" PER VET My vet told us that our black lab puppy, Pepper, is a "prime specimen" of her breed! She is growing perfectly, her coat and skin are AWESOME and besides our vet and her staff, people have stopped us on the street and at the pet store to tell us how "ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL" Pepper is! I credit her breeding and of course, her diet of Large Breed Natural Choice food. She is our third lab that we have fed exclusively with your brand. It is the BEST! March 11, 2011
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