Diet for german shepherd

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Proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the diet of the German shepherd


Amino acids are found in grains, but also in proteins found in eggs, fish and meat; these are proteins with high nutritional values that include all the essential amino acids. For this reason it is best that your German shepherd’s diet should consist of a majority of meat protein, not grain, they came second in the list of ingredients. The composition of the diet depends primarily on your German shepherd, a puppy, a pregnant female or lactation protein requirements exceed the usual percentage.

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Carbohydrates are also important in the diet of your German shepherd, they contribute to the smooth functioning of the intestines. Carbohydrates are often present as corn, soybeans and wheat, has recently also used rice for German shepherds with sensitivities to grains.

For German shepherds, sedentary, or for those following a diet for health reasons, it is preferable that diet has a greater rate of carbohydrate, including an extra fiber.


Lipids are essential for German shepherds as for humans, even if the German shepherd does not equate the same way as us. A very active German shepherd providing great physical effort, will need much higher in fat and basic nutrition. Indeed some foods may contain up to 40% fat, do not confuse all fats. Bad fats found in cookies, cakes should be avoided to the maximum, however fats found in fish and certain oils are essential.

The grape seed oil, olive oil, flax seeds contain essential fatty acids beneficial for the body of your German shepherd, they play a role in certain organs like the heart, but they also contribute to shiny coat of your German shepherd, because they contain omega 3 omega 6 and omega 9. You can add a daily tablespoon of these oils in their daily ration.

The second solution, which is generally the most used, requires much less preparation; a little more expensive than domestic supply, according to their quality, the croquettes come in all shapes, all sizes and of different composition, which explains the price differences from one brand to another. Some are made with beef, chicken or even lamb, beef is most often used in everyman, despite intolerance in some German shepherds.

The lamb croquettes are generally used to reduce skin problems (itching) in German shepherds, chicken is probably the most used in the middle of German shepherd clubs, well supported by the German shepherd, as the lamb. Some German shepherds tolerate difficult indeed various foods (wheat gluten, soy, beef protein, …), and may therefore suffer from disorders of the stomach and intestines and / or present knee-jerk reactions. Thanks to the special composition of these foods, meat of lamb and rice premium, the risk of seeing the report such problems are minimized.

However the quality plays a role as important as the ingredients. You should know that the German shepherd food, are free of water for optimal storage, process and temperature to achieve this are very important because the more a food is subjected to heat, the more it loses vitamins and minerals. Pay special attention to the ingredients mentioned on the package, and feel free to compare, consider the example of chicken nuggets, it is mentioned chicken, but if you look closely, you can also read: ‘fat and animal by-product ‘, which implies, offal of all kinds of meat. For a 100% chicken croquette, ‘chicken fat or poultry’ must be stated on the package. It’s a safe bet that you will not find the same quality of food in kibble at discount prices, as a specialist where 15 kg bags, very often exceed 50 euros, but the difference can be seen very quickly on the German shepherd, the hair softer and shinier, the less frequent more often these foods are appropriate to the activity of your German shepherd, depending on whether it is a puppy, an adult, a German shepherd who is breastfeeding, during gestation, or an older German shepherd. If your German shepherd has no business except that of going to defecate in the corner, an active German shepherd kibble for him will not only gain weight, that is why it is necessary to adjust the heat input of kibble from the German shepherd’s breed, weight, age, and also its activity. Puppy croquettes are to be used until the age of one year for small breed, and 18 months in large breed of German shepherd, by adapting the number of servings from its age, it is generally 3 to 4 meals a day, to arrive at a single meal per day, see 2. If your German shepherd is active, it is best to stay two rations per day. Do not think that kibble for large puppies, will be better than dry food for puppies small, it is important to give the right puppy kibble, (small, medium and large breed). It should also verify the presence of certain ingredients and additives, for example, omega 3 and 6, and beneficial to coat the skin, and also the vitamins a, d, e, calcium, phosphorus, copper.

There are more and more croquettes with beet pulp, rice beer, cornmeal, flour, flaxseed, whole eggs, and yeast. The addition of fish oil ensures ideal ratio of omega-3 and Omega-6 and provides a shiny coat and good resistance to disease. You can also use olive oil rich in Omega 3 and 6, personally I use oil, grape seed, plus Omega 3 and 6, Omega 9 has it, you’ll find in the Most super market. Attention: flavor enhancers added to dry food can be found in the stool, and attract young people, who are willing to swallow their droppings. Now you understand why it is so difficult to feed his German shepherd properly with a domestic supply. To be sure not to deceive you, do you consult a professional, or choose a known brand that has proven itself.

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