German Shepherd Diets: The Basics

German Shepherd Diets: The Basics

Many dogs which come into rescue shelters have owners who did not know how to look after them. It is important for dog owners, whether experienced or not, to know the particular feeding requirements of their breed. This is just as important with German Shepherds as any other breed. With the right, well balanced diet, your German Shepherd can go on to live a long, happy and active life.

German Shepherd Diets: The Basics

Jade german shepherd arriving Sunday Sept 11, in need of good nutrition PRONTO!
Jade, a German Shepherd who arrived Sunday Sept 11, in need of good nutrition PRONTO!

It is vital to read carefully and consult experts and guides on canine dietary requirements and especially those for German Shepherds. Diets take into account the size of the dog, it’s unique physiology and its level of activity. Now, as any owner of a GSD (as they often called) knows, these dogs love exercise and like to stay active most of the time.

This requires a diet of roughly 22% protein with 5-8% fat. All protein should be high quality and should most definitely not be bulked up using corn syrup. This substance is bad enough for humans let alone dogs. A good fat content should help the dog’s skin without leading to weight gain. It is also a good idea to mix together combinations of dry food with healthier wet food or canned food. Also consider healthy alternatives including raw meaty bones, fish like pink salmon, sardines and trout, liver, heart, and chicken wings.

Diet Plans for German Shepherd Puppies

Puppies often require more food than adult German Shepherds. This is because they need to gain 1 to 2 grams per pound a day for healthy growth over the first 6 months. This should include 25-30% protein. Meals should remain average size but be more frequent and should include a mixture of wet, dry and alternative foods as mentioned above. It is best to also refrain from feeding high calories treats and commercial dog food to your GS puppies. After 6 months, begin to scale back their diets based on activity and healthiness. When German Shepherds get older and less active, scale back their diets accordingly.

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