Why would a breeder demand that a puppy buyer feed a specific type of food?
"We only feed our puppies ProPlan Chicken and Rice puppy food and require that our puppy owners do the same. "
Does this mean that if you choose to feed your dog something different, then that would violate their contract? Or possibly nullify their health contract, releasing them from instances of disease because they could say it was diet-related? (Not that I'm saying they're selfish enough to do such a thing)
Since there is more than one way to skin a cat, you'd think that the breeder would only stipulate that you feed something with real meat in it - not Ol' Roy or Kibbles n' Bits or Beneful or something - if they wanted to ensure the health of their dogs, instead of behaving as if their food of choice is the last word on the subject.
I could call them up and ask, but I've no interest in a pup now and am simply looking for ideas on why breeders do this sort of thing.
Of course I am biased towards raw food, based on my experience with both humans and canines. Do I feel it's the best diet? Yes.
Most dogs do "fine" on kibble, and beyond pointing out some facts and anecdotes, it's not my dog and so not my decision. I would just assume that breeders would realize that.
It looks like for some breeders there is a definite reason for their requirements.
I'm halfway between Greek's stance and AA/Ava/Dee - I would want a frank conversation of values regarding nutrition and diet, and why we feel the way we feel, and suggestions - but that's where it ends.
I'll keep this open another day or 2 - thank you everyone!