Food for a Shepherd

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Nookie123:  I grew up with shepherds, we just used generic purina dog food, which I don’t suggest. Now that I’m older and have researched dog foods for my own furbaby, you need something with more nutrients. We feed our furbaby Alcana, great food! She’s happier, healthier and we can see a difference. Especially in her soft and shiny coat.

Costco has a similar brand to Alcana which is much more cost effective if you live near one. I should also mention Alcana is a dog food from Alberta, so depending on where you live you might not be able to get it. But you can still google it and cross reference ingredients with other dog foods. I don’t suggest blue buffalo… there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding that food lately.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Nookie123:  Whoops, Acana… not sure where that ‘L’ came from.

I would go with kirkland brand, we went with Acana because there isn’t a costco near us, but we’ll probably switch her when we move back home. (we live in noth-western Ont. for half the year)

It’s great for large breed dogs.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

Nookie123:  check out dogfoodreviews.com

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

Nookie123:  I totally get that. We have two large dogs, one of whom has so many allergies that we ended up making her food. She’s a lucky girl. The other one was eating the Iams premium brand until she decided it wasn’t tasty enough for her. Now she’s getting Merrick, which is more than we wanted to spend on food if it’s not medically necessary. Check out the higher quality Iams foods, either their premium line (can’t remember the name of it) or their grain free one. They’re less junky than the regular iams but still affordable. We really like the Merrick beef and sweet potato or fish kibble,  but again pricey.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My little lady is on a raw diet, made by my friend’s GSD breeder. She breeds working line GSDs from Czechoslovakian lines, most of her dogs are police dogs or other working dogs. She ships her food all over the world for her puppies so we got on her list when my friend got one of her puppies (after a long wait!), a gorgeous male who was too soft and gentle to be a police dog. We absolutely love her formula and my vet loves it so much that she now orders it for her own cats and dogs 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not a Shepherd, but we have a mastiff and I believe they have relatively similar dietary needs. Ignore me if not! We’ve had our girl on the grain free Costco brand: Nature’s Domain, since she was about 5 months. Grain free for puppies is a separate debate but we elected to give it a shot after taking with our vet and breeder. Our pup loves it and does great on it. It’s the same or very similar formulary as Taste of the Wild with a roughly 33% savings. We rotate between the 3 flavors but Charlotte seems to like Salmon and sweet potato best!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Nookie123:  Haha!  I clicked this thread because I thought you were asking what to feed an actual shepherd.  As I have some experience with people who are shepherds, I was going to share a hearty meal suggestion!  Lol, not about people shepherds — we’re talking dogs…

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