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The German Shepherds are a strong, active and highly athletic dog breed. They also possess higher cognitive functions than most other breeds. In order to boost their physical and mental development, a diet rich in protein, fats, carbs and essential vitamins and minerals is necessary.
We at PetsWorld offer you a fitting diet for your German Shepherds which not only keeps them physically fit but also gives a boost to their cognitive functions. Their carnivorous nature makes them require at least 22% of protein in their diet. The presence of essential fatty acids in their food is also necessary for keeping their skin healthy and shiny.
Puppy German Shepherds consume more food than adults and therefore it is vital that they are fed the right types of calories. Foods like Pedigree Puppy Meat and Milk, Royal Canin German Shepherd Junior, Royal Canin Maxi Light Dog Food, Orijen Puppy Large Breed etc are tailor-made for German Shepherd Puppies.
Keeping strong bones and joints in adult German Shepherd is necessary as they get involved in a lot of physical activity. Having Glucosamine and Chondroitin in their diet greatly helps in giving them an anti-inflammatory effect. Royal Canin German Shepherd, Royal Canin Maxi Adult and Orijen Original Dog are some of the finest diets to keep adult German Shepherds healthy and strong.
Senior German Shepherds need good dental treatment to support good chewing of the food. At PetsWorld, you will find foods like Orijen Senior Dog Food, Pedigree Senior Adult, Fidele Light and Senior Adult. Hills Science Diet Adult 7+ etc which gives the right kind of nutrition to ageing German Shepherds.
Puppies should be fed in the morning as well as in the evening, as much as they can eat in one sitting. It is equally important to assess their body fat on a regular basis. One can check their ribs under their skin to see they are not putting so much weight. Ensure that they are getting fresh drinking water after every meal.
Below are some of the human foods that are safe for a German Shepherd Dog:
Below are some of the human foods that are strictly not allowed for German Shepherd dogs:
Inherently, German Shepherds are dogs who do great with kids, toddlers as well as infants. This is the reason why they are considered one of the best family dogs. Having said that, a poorly socialized German Shepherd can exhibit over-aggressive behaviour making them not so safe around children. They are a powerful breed and hence need good training and socialization.
German Shepherds do well in apartments as long as owners fulfil their basic needs. The basic demands of any GSD dog are plenty of physical exercises, socialization, good mental stimulation (fetch games) and clean living space. Unwanted traits like excessive barking and chewing behaviour happen in GSD’s when the owners fail to give them these basic needs.
Genetics play a key role in this characteristic. Puppies have slightly floppy ears and as they grow up, the cartilages become more strong. This is why adult GSD’s have that erect ears. You should contact your veterinarian if your German Shepherd’s ears are not erect after 8 months of age.
Most German Shepherds will live between 10 to 12 years. Giving them enough physical exercise and a nutritious diet can extend their lifespan by 1-2 years. Make sure that you are having regular blood test of your GSD as it would help you to identify infections and diseases at the earliest.
It is one of the greatest misconceptions that Alsation and German Shepherd are different breeds. The only difference between these two breeds is in their regional names. Alsation is from France whereas German Shepherd is from Germany. At the end of World War 1, anything that was German was shunned. That’s where the terminology ‘Alsation’ came. This name is originally derived from the word Alsace, a place at the French-German border.