I generally get dogs off puppy food by about 5 to 6 mos. The "puppy chow for a full year til he's full grown" crappola is meant to sell puppy food, at a higher price per pound than adult food. Is typically not necessary for anything but tiny breeds. In fact, too much nutrition can result in both obesity and too fast of bone growth.
I do not feed puppy food, I have used canidae, innova and taste of the wild which are all stages of life food.
Like you Lisa, I do not feed puppy food either… If I whelped the litter I will use puppy food till about 8wks (or when the bag runs out) and then switch to regular adult food.
So, you can do a quality food for puppies that isn't "puppy chow"..correct?
There was an older thread about this and what it came down to was that the higher quality foods already meet the minimum nutritional "guidelines" as stated for puppies (if you go by those). There is no benefit of using a puppy food from that perspective.
I'm not planning to feed puppy food in the future after looking at that information.