What Is the Best Diet for a German Shepherd?

What is the best brand of dog food for a German Shepherd? Should I give him some raw meat instead of dog food every once in a while? Also he’s just a normal household dog, so he won’t really need anything like Eukanabu b/c he’s not a show dog.

My shep eats royal canin’s german shepherd formula. Talk about perfect for the breed, it was made for it. Just don’t feed him as much as it says to on the bag. General rule of thumb: 1 cup per day per 20lbs of dog. Split that into 2 meals. (90 lb dog gets 2 meals of 2 1/4 cups each). Feed a little more or less, depending on his appetite and body type. Stick with dry food, it’s better for their teeth. Table scraps are more likely to make him gain weight, or turn him into a begger, than actually do any good. Make sure you have something with joint supplements, to help prevent early hip dysplasia. And just because he’s not a show dog, doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve the best. Royal Canin Shepherd usually runs about $40 for the 30-lb bag. It seems expensive, but because it’s an all natural food, with no fillers, a 30-lb bag will last you as long as a 40-lb bag of a normal food. Available at petco or petsmart.

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  • jason .

    Blue Rhino, Authority, Innova, Candiae those are all super premium brands with no fillers, that would make your dog live longer :] btw, they are fuc.ken expensive, but worth it in the long run. Any vet who recommends Sience Diet is a total doof, they know nothing in dog nutriuion value.
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  • AK

    Most vet’s recommend Science Diet. That is what I feed my two German Sheperd mixes. There is no need for any raw meat. A good quality dog food will give him all the nutrition he needs.
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  • babycakes_21_pilots

    my dog is german shepard wrotweiler mix and we just give him regular dog food
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  • ladythuganomics

    NEVER GIVE GERMAN SHEPARDS SCIENCE MIX FOOD.. y vet said that is the worse ever. I give her 1 can of mighty dog food a day, and shegets some dry kibble and bits for snacks. Also since most german shepards have hip problems go and buy hip and joint treats for your dog. Walmart sells them.
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    I have a german shepard now who is happy, healthy and playful and I had one before she lived for 14-15 years. May she rip

  • clubwar

    should be a low fat type dog food…and NO table scraps.

    Shepherds are prone to allergies and digestion disorders.
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    shepherd owner

  • castawaycp

    My shep eats royal canin’s german shepherd formula. Talk about perfect for the breed, it was made for it. Just don’t feed him as much as it says to on the bag. General rule of thumb: 1 cup per day per 20lbs of dog. Split that into 2 meals. (90 lb dog gets 2 meals of 2 1/4 cups each). Feed a little more or less, depending on his appetite and body type. Stick with dry food, it’s better for their teeth. Table scraps are more likely to make him gain weight, or turn him into a begger, than actually do any good. Make sure you have something with joint supplements, to help prevent early hip dysplasia. And just because he’s not a show dog, doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve the best. Royal Canin Shepherd usually runs about $40 for the 30-lb bag. It seems expensive, but because it’s an all natural food, with no fillers, a 30-lb bag will last you as long as a 40-lb bag of a normal food. Available at petco or petsmart.
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    vet student (nutrition specialty), and shepherd mom!

  • Ally L

    any kind of lamb and rice formula should be a good diet for him. if you want to keep his coat shiney, crack an egg over top of his food like once a week. you dont even have to buy exoensive brands of food.make sure that you buy the right age/ size of food though because it wont fill him up if it is for a puppy or a small dog. start him off with juts a small bag so that he wont waste a big one. try not to give him one with alot of veggies in it because it might lack the nutrients that others have in them.
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    i have a shepherd/chow mix and he does pretty well on this diet

  • BigDaddy82

    There is a food made by a company call Royal Canin and they make a food made for German Shepards. It has everything they need for nutrition and stuff like that for there breed! try the link

    http://www.caninehealthnutrition.com/germanshepherd.html
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    I work For Royal Canin

  • romance_german_shepherds

    I breed champion German Shepherds. I only feed a raw diet. I never feed kibble.
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    german shepherd breeder

  • Freeadviceisworthwhatyoupayfor

    Eagle Holistic.
    Helps with the enzyme proglems that is typical of the breed GSD’s.
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    NOT employed by Eagle – just a GSD mom who has been through it