GERMAN SHEPHERD: DIET
German Shepherds are large, athletic dogs who are also very intelligent, and therefore have substantial nutritional needs. The ideal German Shepherd diet is based on food rich in protein and fat, in order to sustain this utility dog, who spends most of their time outdoors.
German Shepherd Dietary Needs
Given their size and other characteristics, the German Shepherd's dietary needs are rather varied. This is a doggy that's always on the go, whether playing or performing a functional task. So be sure to provide them with a rich, balanced diet that meets all their energy requirements - not to mention the nutrients needed to maintain their beautiful coat.
A German Shepherd’s health is generally quite fragile, especially when it comes to their stomach. As such, their food needs to be easily digestible. Otherwise, they could suffer from digestive problems, such as gastric torsion. Their joints are also likely to betray them. Like many large dogs, German Shepherds have a tendency to develop hip dysplasia. Their diet should therefore help to strengthen their muscles and joints, so that they can frolic to their heart's content!
What type of food should I give my German Shepherd?
German Shepherds require a full diet with a lot of hydration. They need high-quality food containing key nutrients, such as a large percentage of animal proteins and fats, without going overboard of course. Balanced dog food should contain enough minerals, vitamins, and trace elements to meet all of an adult German Shepherd’s dietary needs. To ensure their digestive system is properly looked after, opt for food that's rich in starch, for example, food with a rice base.
Glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates are essential for strengthening your German Shepherd's fragile joints, and therefore helping to delay aging. Fatty acids, like Omega 3 and 6, also help to maintain their joints, while keeping their muscles and skin healthy. These omega acids are mainly found in fish oil for dogs. Add to that a little bit of group B vitamins and your pooch will have the shiny coat of their dreams!
What food supplements should I give my German Shepherd?
Depending on the results you're looking for, there are a number of natural food supplements that you can offer your dog:
Green lipped mussel powder
Grapefruit seed extract
Activated vegetable charcoal for dogs
The best food supplement for your German Shepherd is definitely canine brewer's yeast. In effect, this supplement combines several ideal nutrients to meet the specific dietary needs of your German Shepherd Dog: group B vitamins to maintain their skin and coat; trace elements such as zinc and selenium which are used for protein and polysaccharide synthesis; and prebiotics to aid digestion. We should note that green lipped mussel powder is also excellent for relieving joint pain for your German Shepherd, who could easily suffer from hip dysplasia.
How often should I feed my German Shepherd?
German Shepherds can weigh anywhere from 22 to 40kg, depending primarily on whether it is male or female. The amount of food required can therefore vary widely from one dog to another. Expect your four-legged friend to consume 290 to 440g of dog food per day, depending on their size and weight. Then, you can choose for yourself how often you want to feed them. We recommend approximately 2 meals per day for adult dogs and 3 meals per day for puppies. However, if your dog has trouble digesting, you can always distribute their food between more meals (up to 4 meals per day for a puppy).
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