General Overview of Dietary Needs | The German Shepherd
One of the most important ways in which you can ensure that your German Shepherd dog is healthy is by feeding him or her a healthy, balanced diet, mixing treats and tasty nibbles with a hearty balance of proteins and other nutrients. German Shepherd dogs have what often seems like a boundless appetite – these are active, enormous dogs that need a great amount of fuel to power their vigorous athleticism – but satisfying this appetite with nothing but raw meat or other tasty yet not necessarily healthy victuals is not a good idea. Rather, follow some of the guidelines laid out in this chapter to ensure that your German Shepherd dog gets the best care and nutrition possible.
One general rule is always useful - “whatever grows together, goes together.” Often used to discuss the pairing of food and wine from the same regions and seasons, this maxim also holds true when deciding what to feed your pet. Food from the region that your German Shepherd's ancestors grew up in is your best bet – it is the natural, healthy food that your German Shepherd dog is biologically best equipped to digest. Thus seek to give your dog a balanced mix of carbohydrates, proteins, fatty acids, and minerals – just like your dog's wild-dog ancestors used to eat.