Raw diets are best and the research on a well balanced diet for our pets is endless- While I highly recommend a raw diet, I know that it is not always possible in every situation and in every moment of your life and your pup's life. They are precious members of our family, we want to do what is best for them, help them live the best lives possible and the major keys to this is love, proper nutrition, proper exercise and a safe, toxin free environment.
Raw feeding is particularly difficult to balance in your puppy's first year of life which leads me to recommend high quality large breed specific puppy food coupled with the intermittent raw meals and treats.
Quality Kibble Companies that I recommend- Please check each specific formula to be sure it falls into the safe range of calcium to phosphorus ratio for your growing large breed puppy.
Fromm Large Breed Puppy Gold
Diamond Naturals Large Breed
For families wishing to incorporate raw feeding into their pup's diet from puppy to senior, I highly recommend the book Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs by Lew Olson. This is my go to guide for ensuring my dogs have a balanced diet at every stage in life.