This morning was an early start for our dog walker in Cresta. First up were the delightful German Shepherds Penny, Zorin and Tawnee. They had a lovely time walking with their friends Chloe, Bella, Ozzy and Roxy. They started off a little bit excited to be getting out, but then settled down a bit and had a great time on the walk. German Shepherds are known to need a lot of exercise, due to their size and energy levels, so our service is great for them to get out a few times a week and get rid of some of that energy. It is important that they also get good nutrition due to the amount of exercise and their size, which they do.
What is the best dog food for German Shepherd?
The average German Shepherd weighs between 30 and 40 kgs and most of that weight comes from solid bone and muscle. In addition to their strength and intelligence, German Shepherds are also known for being active, athletic dogs. This being the case, a German Shepherd requires a high-quality diet that provides enough protein to support muscle health and fat for energy.
One thing to be wary of with German Shepherds in particular is that they tend to grow very quickly so you shouldn’t have a puppy on a puppy-specific diet for more than 6 months. Switching to an adult formula after 6 months of age will help to prevent bone and joint issues related to rapid growth.
Ingredients to look for
Protein and fat are the two most important components of a German Shepherd’s diet but these nutrients shouldn’t come from just any ingredients – they should come from high-quality sources. Ideally, your dog’s protein should come from whole meat sources like poultry, fish and beef as well as organ meats. Animal by-products such as chicken meal do not provide as much protein or as many other nutrients as whole protein sources. In regard to healthy fat sources, look for a dog food that includes vegetable and fish oils to provide omega-3 fatty acids – these are necessary to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. Additional ingredients you might look for in a German Shepherd food include vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes and small amounts of digestible carbohydrates like barley, rice and oats.
Source: Dog Food Guru