So you're saying that a show dogs diet plays no part in the choices you make for a ring ready dog? I really find that hard to believe.
I'm not sure I understand this statement. Sure my dogs' diet plays a part in making her ring-ready. But I want the best out of all of my dogs, but then again my dogs are performance/conformation dogs for a LONG time.
Digital (my almost 13 year old; and who is or is very close to being retired from agility) and Jet (my almost 12 year old, who has been retired from agility for a few years) both get Evo, muttloaf in the evening meal, and joint suppliments. Diggie gets probiotics too; Jet doesn't seem to need them.
Zest, my current conformation, coursing, agility rising star is almost 3 year old, gets fed a 50/50 mix of Evo/Canidae. Some muttloaf in the evenings. I do feed probiotics on weekends we show or when she isn't feeling well, but otherwise not.
Pearl, the rescue malinois, is 2 and gets 1 heaping cup of Canidae and 1/2 heaping cup of Evo twice a day. She gets joint sups and probiotics in the evening. Both this one and my previous malinois tend to have sensitive digestive systems and the Evo seems too rich for either of them by itself. Pearl is on joint sups because I thought she looked weak in her pasterns/joints and the probiotics b/c i think she needs the help in absorbing the food. But I'm not overly happy that this is the very best combination for her, but I'm not sure where to go from here. I do NOT want to tinker with the basenjis' diets.
So, actually, my "current" show dog is the cheapest to feed.