Feeding Guidelines For Your German Shepherd

Vet Recommended Feeding Guidelines For Your German Shepherd Dog

Updated: August 15 2020 A German Shepherd has certain health and physical requirements that can be met with the help of high-quality food.

GSDs are strong, athletic, and active dogs. They love physical exercise and stay active most of the time.

Due to their energetic nature, these dogs require a power-packed diet.

If you want your GS to be healthy, make sure you are fulfilling its dietary needs.


What Is a GSD’s Nutritional Requirement?

You can find more information about specific GSD nutritional requirements by clicking here.

GSDs are carnivores, which means they require a higher content of protein in their diet. This protein is what provides them energy and keeps them strong and healthy.

Protein also plays a vital role in your GSD’s growth and it is recommended that a GSD get at least 22% of protein in its diet. It is best to feed pure protein to your GS instead of buying poor quality dog food that has corn syrup added as a filler which is extremely harmful to a dog.

German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training

The other nutritional requirement for a GS is fat.

Fat comes from protein and gives taste to a dog’s meal. However, feeding too much fatty foods to your dog will be harmful to its health. While on the other hand, if you feed too less fat, it will create a lot of skin problems for your German Shepherd.

Feeding a raw diet starting at an early age will help your pup grow faster. A raw meat diet is also helpful in strengthening the bones and fights several diseases in GSDs. If meat shops are hard to find in your area, US Wellness Meats menu selection offers free shipping for online orders across the state.”

Fat content in a dog’s diet also keeps its fur healthy. As a GS sheds a lot of fur throughout the year, it is extremely important that it is given the right amount of fat in its food. AAFCO recommended fat content for German Shepherd is 5%-8%.

Individual needs of German Shepherds depend on a number of factors including age, sex, lifestyle, and much more. It is not necessary that the food requirements for a young GS match an adult GS.

Sometimes younger German Shepherds require a high-energy diet to keep them active. This is the case with the dogs that live both indoors and outdoors. These dogs also require a diet rich in protein to regulate their body temperature.

Our advice is that you should avoid high carb foods (dry kibbles). It would be best if you ALWAYS bought the high protein, grain-free food.

That is what the science says, and in our experience, you should obey it.

In 2020 it is really easy to find suitable food for your german shepherd, personally, for our Greco (our GSD), we are buying Visionary Pet dog food, which is reasonably priced, and Greco adores it.

What About The Puppies?

Usually, German Shepherd puppies consume more food than an adult GSD.

The little ones are extremely curious and because they are exploring their environment most of the time, they need a high-energy diet, that too several times a day.

One additional note: Always keep your puppy food away from their dog beds. And if you are in need of one, our friends from calmingdog.com will help you with finding the most comfortable solution for your pup.

German Shepherd Puppy Food Requirements

Puppies have seemingly endless energy stores. This means they need a constant supply of calories — the right types of calories — to keep their energy levels high and help them develop into happy, healthy adult dogs.

As a new German Shepherd puppy owner, you’re probably going to have a few questions that need specific answers. Feeding a puppy is a lot different than feeding an adult dog because you’re usually housebreaking them — so you’ll need to stay on a regular feeding schedule — and their growing bodies require more nutrients from their food than adult dogs do.

Questions like…

  • How much food should I feed my puppy?
  • How many times a day should I feed my puppy?
  • How much should a puppy eat?

They’re all legitimate concerns, and we’re glad you’re taking matters into your own hands, instead of just giving them a constant supply of food all day or, worse, potentially starving them of vital nutrients and minerals because you’re not feeding them enough.

As a general rule, you can tell that you’re feeding your puppy too often if you can not see or feel their rib cage.

While, for humans, this is considered a sign of malnutrition, it’s actually a guideline you can use to help figure out if your puppy is getting enough calories from their diet.

How Much Do I Feed My Puppy? How Often Do You Feed a Puppy?

Young puppies need to eat 3-4 smaller meals each day.

If you must, you can divide the food up into two larger meals, but make sure that you’re not feeding them so much that they’re starting to vomit. Puppies won’t necessarily regulate themselves, as far as stuffing their face goes, so you’ll need to do it for them.

German Shepherd Puppy Eating

Puppy food is a lot different than adult food because manufacturers put more emphasis on the different nutrients puppies need while they’re developing their internal, muscular, and skeletal systems. Once puppies become adult dogs, their nutritional requirements change, meaning you should only feed them food created specifically for puppies (or later, adults).

How Many Times a Day Should a Dog Eat?

When your puppy reaches the 6-month mark, you can reduce the number of times they eat each day to one or two.

Below are our instructions for a German Shepherd puppy. Remember, a GS pup’s diet isn’t similar to that of an adult dog.

German Shepherd Dog Feeding Chart

It is important that German Shepherd owners know the amount of food that their dog requires on a daily basis. Feeding too much or too little can cause health problems in GSDs. If you feed a lot of fat to your pup, it will develop hip dyslexia.

Depending on how you’re deciding to feed your puppy — either a natural, real meat / bone / vegetable diet, or if you’re giving them off-the-shelf dog food, you’ll want to follow the recommendations below to help ensure they properly develop their internal systems, and maintain their energy levels.

Your German Shepherd is going to grow rapidly over their first 12 months of life, so you’re going to want to increase the amount of food they have as they get older. Ensuring they have the proper amount of nutrition, in the proper ratios is critical to them developing into healthy adults.

6 Week Old German Shepherd

At 6 weeks old, your job as a new owner is to make sure that your puppy is receiving the same level of nutrition that they were getting from their mother’s milk.

Ideally, your puppy should still be nursing from their mother, because most foods are going to have a hard time replacing the needed micro and macronutrients, along with the natural antibodies that are found inside of the mother’s milk.

10 Week Old German Shepherd

At 8 to 10 weeks, you can begin weaning them off of their mother, and start increasing the amount of puppy food you’re giving them.

It’s best to start with a diet of wet food, to help their body adjust to the transition. Wet food contains around 85% moisture, which prepares their digestive system for the whole food coming in the next few weeks.

12 Week Old German Shepherd

At 12 weeks old, you can begin transitioning them from wet food to dry food. You want to make the transition in small steps, to avoid causing excessive diarrhea or vomiting.

To start, mix 10% dry food into the wet food you’re giving them, and then increase it by 10-15% each week after.

3 Month Old German Shepherd

By 3 months old, your puppy should be almost fully transitioned into eating dry food only.

You want to avoid buying foods that are listed “for all ages” or “all growth stages”. These are generalized recipes that do not have the nutrition your puppy needs to thrive. We recommend Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free.

4 Month Old German Shepherd

At 4 months old, you can begin introducing more live animal products into their diet. Ingredients like actual bone, pieces of liver, and raw eggs are great to help your dog pick up the nutrients that may be lacking in their dry dog food.

Avoid giving them too much, though, by following the guidelines we’ve given you above.

5 Month Old German Shepherd

By 5 months old, your puppy should have adjusted to their new dry food, along with the live food ingredients that you’ve begun giving them.

You’ll also want to cut back how often you’re feeding them, providing a meal in the morning, and one in the afternoon or evening.

6 Month Old German Shepherd

At 6 months of age, you can begin introducing live ingredients into your puppy’s diet.

Ingredients like crushed animal bones, pieces of chopped liver, and raw eggs are all vital to helping your puppy build up natural immunities, and provide them with the nutrients that they’re not going to be getting from their dry food diet.

8 Month Old German Shepherd

By 8 months old, you can begin weaning your puppy off of a strictly puppy food diet.Again, you’ll want to avoid abrupt changes in their diet, instead relying on switching in 10% of their new food with 90% of their old food, and increasing the proportions by 10% each week until they’ve adjusted.

While you can use foods “for all growth stages” we still recommend against them, because they are generalized — as far as nutrition goes — and try to lump every dog into a one-size-fits-all body.

German Shepherds are different, and require different levels of nutrition as they’re growing.

1 Year Old German Shepherd

At 1 year old, you’ll begin to notice that your dog is actually eating less food than they did when they were younger. This is because their metabolism is beginning to slow down.

You can begin to limit the amount of times you feed them to once a day. If they leave food in their bowl, you can cut back on the amount you’re actually giving them. We recommend Royal Canin Nutrition GIANT formula for large breed dogs.

Types Of GSD Foods In The Market

There are different types of dog foods available in the market. However, commercial food is not very healthy for your German Shepherd Dog and has ingredients that may harm you pup’s health. Make sure you visit your vet and take recommendations on a high-quality German Shepherd food.

Canned Or Dry Food?

It might be confusing to decide the type of food you want to feed your German Shepherd. There are a variety of options you can choose from. However, the biggest debate is; canned or dry?

So, how can you differentiate between canned and dry dog food? What is better?

What is Best for Your German Shepherd

Which is healthier of the two? You can choose the best option only when you know all about them. GSDs rely on their food to grow and become stronger. If we feed the wrong type of food to our dogs, it will cause them many health problems.

Let us help you differentiate between canned and dry food for your dog.

Dry Food Or Kibble

This type of dog food is the most popular type of dog food available in the market. There are several pros of getting this type of food for your GS.

Dry food is convenient, affordable, and is greater in quantity. However, there are certain cons to this type of GS food as it has a very little quantity of water in it. This type of food can cause dehydration and liver problems in your dog.

Delicious Dog Kibble

Expert vets around the world suggest that dog owners feed their pet a moderate diet which comprises of both dry and wet food.

Hint:Organic food is becoming more and more popular nowadays

Advantages Of Dry Food

There are certain advantages of dry kibble for your German Shepherd:

  • Dry kibble is good for your GS’s teeth and makes them stronger.
  • Dry kibble is easy to get and more convenient to feed than wet or canned food.
  • Dry kibble helps in reducing plaque and tartar buildup from your dog’s teeth.
  • Dry kibble is good for a dog’s oral health.
  • Chewing on dry kibble helps your GS reduce its stress and kill the urge of chewing on your shoes and furniture.
  • Dry kibble is easy to contain and preserve as it doesn’t need to be placed in the refrigerator after it is opened.
  • Dry kibble lasts longer than canned food.
  • It is easy to take dry kibble from one place to another.
  • Dry kibble is more affordable than canned food.

Disadvantages Of Dry Food

  • Dry kibble has a great quantity of carbohydrates that can be harmful to a German Shepherd’s health.
  • Dry kibble is extremely dry and contains only 10% moisture which is insufficient to make up for a GSD’s hydration needs.
  • Dry kibble causes liver failures and digestion problems.
  • Dry food contains preservatives, artificial colors and flavors.
  • Dry kibble doesn’t have enough quantity of protein that a GS needs to grow.
  • Your dog might have trouble swallowing dry kibble.
  • Keeping your GSD on a strict dry food diet can cause extreme dehydration.

Wet Or Canned Food

This type of dog food is healthier than the dry food. It contains 80% water which keeps the dog hydrated. However, canned foods are expensive and can’t be used for a long time. Canned food needs to be fed in greater quantities to a GS.

Canned foods are not only delicious but they also fulfill a GSD’s requirement of protein.

Wet or Canned Dog Food

Advantages Of Canned Food

  • Canned food is made up of 80% water which means that your dog will meet its hydration requirements.
  • Canned food has a higher content of protein and fat that is the best type of diet for your GSD.
  • Canned food doesn’t have high amounts of carbohydrates that are bad for a GSD.
  • Canned food is easy to digest.
  • Canned food is packed with your GSD’s nutritional needs.
  • Canned food is a complete diet for your GS.
  • Canned food benefits a GS’s urinary functions and the urinary tract.

Disadvantages Of Canned Food

  • Canned food has a soft and delicate texture which doesn’t allow your dog to fulfill its chewing requirements.
  • Canned food doesn’t keep a dog’s teeth clean of tartar and plaque.
  • Canned food is more expensive than dry kibble.
  • Canned food doesn’t have a long life and can expire if left open in sunlight.
  • Canned food that is left in the dog’s food bowl for more than 2 hours should be thrown away.
  • Canned food once opened is more susceptible to catching bacteria.
  • Canned food is not travel friendly.

Alternative Diet For Your German Shepherd

If you don’t like the idea of giving only wet and dry food to your GS, you can put it on a raw diet.

This type of diet is packed with energy, protein, vitamins, and carbohydrates. You can feed your dog raw meat or you can choose to bake it. The ingredients you add to the diet should be dog-friendly. You can also add vegetables to the meal (in cooked form).

GSD Eating

Feeding a raw diet starting at an early age will help your pup grow faster. A raw meat diet is also helpful in strengthening the bones and fights several diseases in GSDs.

Below are the options of meat that you can feed your GS.

  • Meat – 50% – 70% content and should be low-fat.
  • Baked or boiled meat is the ideal food for a GS.
  • Raw meaty bones.
  • Cooked Fish; pink salmon, trout, sardines, and jack mackerel.
  • Organs such as Liver should be included in the diet in a small quantity.
  • Eggs. Yogurt. Keffir. Cottage and Ricotta Cheese.
  • Non-poisonous fruits and vegetable. (for a better understanding, view our article on fruits and vegetable treats for GS)

Whether you are feeding your dog canned or dry food, you need to make certain that the food is made from healthy ingredients. A dog’s life expectancy depends 80% on the food it eats.

Maintain quality over quantity and feed your dog the food that is of quality and meets its bodily requirement. GSD’s are carnivores and they need a diet that is rich in protein. If you think your dog is not getting enough protein from dry food, switch to canned food.

Similarly, if your dog drinks water after every meal and doesn’t have a dehydration problem then feeding it dry kibble wouldn’t be a problem.

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Last Updated on August 1, 2022 by Shepped Team

78 thoughts on “Vet Recommended Feeding Guidelines For Your German Shepherd Dog”

  1. sir,
    thank you very much for providing us very useful tips which i dont know so far.
    waiting for many more useful tips again.
    thanking you,
    with regards,

  2. My GSD is 2 yes old and weighs 105 lbs. She gets fed 4 cups of Iams a day and is ALWAYS still hungry. What can I do to fill her up?

    1. Canned green beans are a good low calorie addition that will help fill up your dogs tummy. I mix 1/2 can of low salt green beans in with my GSD’s kibble and feed her twice/day.

    2. I wouldn’t feed your GS Iams. Try more healthier options if you want to feed her dry food. Even the healthier and organic food is sometimes even cheaper than Iams.

      1. Sir , at one point you say at 6 months cut back one meal a day from 3 thime in another part you say at 6 months feed 3 times a day whichn is later down you topic, so which is it 3 times a day or 2 times a daynat 6 months

      2. Not really GSDs control their weight and will a lot if you let them but don’t scared if they won’t for a couple of days I feed my 2 GSDs 3lbs of raw chicken every other day and they are in perfect shape if you ask me raw diet is the way to go less stinky stools shinier coats and less health issues…

        1. I have an 8 week old German Shepherd puppy who was weened off the mom at 5 weeks. This pup is full beast mode! It was eating my 4 year old dogs food and going up and down steps the night we brought her home. She’s now eating puppy chow with the nutrients mothers milk in it but I’ve been interested in making my own dog food, as my friend does for her 2 dogs. Any suggestions to start?

    3. Switch her to raw Paula . It satisfies a dogs hunger as the protein is filling . Overall raw is far better for them as its the diet they’re designed to eat. There are a few raw feeding Facebook groups online that have members who are more than happy to help you get started. It’s easy once you get into it. Good luck ????

    4. Please do a on-line search for dog food comparison, I think you will be surprised.. Please remember … The first 3 ingredients listed on the food that you feed your baby are the Primary ingredients in that food.. IF ANY OF THESE INCLUDE CORN IN ANY FORM.. DO NOT USE THAT FOOD… Corn for animal consumption is NOT regulated by the government from PESTICIDES .. So the more pesticides they use, the less problems they have with insects, etc.. SO they load their fields up with it for Volume yield. when your baby eats this Corn .. They intern ingest the poison… Which normally cuts your animal’s life span in Half.. Good Food ..Produces Good Pets.. = beautiful animal, fewer vet visits, less waste(less stool)… If you Love it.. FEED IT RIGHT.. Not meaning the Most expensive… Take a look at Authority Brand.. My imports love it, it’s not to Bad on the wallet and if you have a local ” pets smart” store…they sell it..
      May God Bless You And Your Baby…
      Van C. Flynt

  3. My GSD Pup is around 6 weeks. We just got him a few days ago. When we put him out to potty he eats sand. Why is that?
    Also when does a GSD pup’s sense of smell develop?

    1. Your dog’s sense of smell is very keen right from the start. For the first 2 wks of its life they rely on it to find their mother, littermates, caretakers.. They can hear, but not as well as smell. The ears are closed the first few days of life. Their eyes don’t open til around 2 wks.
      As for eating sand…that’s not something I would allow. But he may be telling you that he’s lacking minerals. He may even eat dirt and rocks. A little sand or dirt is no big deal. Rocks can become fatal.
      Get that puppy on a great quality food asap. He’s so young and his nutritional needs must be met if he’s going to thrive.
      6 wks is much too early for a pup to go home. Especially for an inexperienced person. That means they were weaned early and didn’t get very important skills a puppy gets from their siblings & mother. You’ll have a lot of extra work to do.
      Personally I think dogs do best if sent home 10-12 wks. 8 is the absolute minimum age.

    2. My male gsd was eating sand gravel and any small pebbles.He would lick big rocks .the vet said no big deal no worries. Five days later he was gone l lost him to cancer he was doing that because he couldn’t make red platelets. I am not saying this is why your pip is very eating sand. But l am saying this because I want you to not accept your vets advice IF they dismiss it as no big deal l have learned that when my dog does something out of the ordinary l will check it out until I have the answer. To many of us don’t question our vets and l didn’t at a great cost. I lost my best friend. Just trust your judgment and pay attention to that little voice who at one time or another we all ignore. This is in no way to scare anyone. My boy passed away cause l didn’t insist on blood work. Maybe he couldn’t be helped but l do feel responsible.the vet said he would have needed transfusions and a lot more. But l still feel his behavior should have been checked out please don’t do but what I did. These dogs are our friends and we are the owners.We should be listened to.Who knows your dog better. There are great vets out there but sometimes they need to listen to the owner better. Hope this is taken in the manner that l wrote it.With luv and respect to all fur baby owners. Yours sincerely Pattie

    1. Any kind their stomachs are made for that pork chicken beef…avoid turkey bones….other than that they will be as happy as a dog can be ????

  4. My GS is almost 7 months. I feed him two times a day of two cups of dry blue wilderness high protein. He is still thin but starting to fill out. Is coat is soft and shiny. Should I add anything else to his diet on a daily basis?

    1. As long as his nutritional requirements are being met ( not too much calcium, enough fat & protein, etc) it’s fine if he’s a little thin.
      Puppies really aren’t supposed to be pudgy.
      Raising a large breed puppy is all about controlling their growth. You need to make sure they don’t grow too much too fast. Not doing that now will most certainly set him up for issues later in life like hip dysplasia and arthritis.
      My 6 month old GSD is expected to be at least 100 lbs (That’s too big. But the “breeder” didn’t know what he was doing. No, I did not purchase him from the guy. He’s an in utero rescue.) He steadily gains 1-2 lbs/wk. He’s almost 60 lbs already. That’s the size of my female GSD from East German lines. She’s the perfect size. People think she’s tiny or petite. But most aren’t used to what a GSD is really supposed to look like. Her uncle was a perfect size 82-85 lbs. He didn’t stop growing until he was 3 yrs old. So even the “smaller” sizes can take yrs to reach their full potential.
      I also keep my males intact. If you can handle an intact make and be responsible there’s a theory that they will be healthier. (Of course you still have to feed them properly etc.)

    2. Don’t get him or her too fat they are supposed to be lean….over weight causes a lot of problems for them like hip displasia…

  5. It says once that at six months you should cut back to two meals a day, but at the bottom it says at six months give them 3 meals.

  6. I have two 12 week old GS pups. From two separate litters. The female does well in all respects but the male seems to want to eat dirt and sometimes feces. Why is this and what should I do? (I clean up after they poo in the yard twice a day but sometimes I miss a pile)

  7. i just got a german sheperd and dont know how old i also have a chiuhuaha is it ok to feed them the same thing i also leave the food down all day so they cant eat when they want

  8. My GS puppy is 9 weeks old and does not seem to eat much. I fed him with Nutram Turkey Grain Free but does not seem to his taste and currently I changed to Nutram Sound Puppy S2. He still not eating much. He is very active and playful. Please help. Thanks

  9. My GS is 5 years old and weighs around 95lbs he eats 4 cups a day is that enough? He is a tall German Shepard I would like him a little thicker any advice?

    1. No, is that all you give him? Dogs aren’t meant to eat kibble! Would you live on cereal? Chicken necks, fish, a little rice mixed with fresh peas grated carrot, broccoli(cooked) look up raw diet, your dog will thank you, you’re responsible for your pet so feed him REAL food, not convenient rubbish please!!!! Good luck

  10. Our German Shepard is not eating her dry food she want human food like what we cook for dinner or a hrd boiled egg sometimes. She is one year old. But don’t know what else to do.

  11. Our new 8 week old GSD is a female weighing just over 6 lbs. She’s happy and active but has both hook AND roundworms. She was treated at 4 wks and then again this past Saturday. She seems hungry quite often, but I’m at a loss as to how much to feed her considering she has parasites in her poor gut!!!(gross!). Right now, we’re playing it by ear but seem to be giving her 1/2-3/4C of dry food about three times a day. What do you recommend? She will receive her next Parvo shot and deworming 3/12. Thank you in advance!

    1. James well beloved is a great dri food it has no Artifcal and no Preservatives Naturally Hypo Allergenic.


    Sir thank you so much for such vital tips. And all the comments too, they are also very useful. I have extracted some vital tips from the above which I’m going to test on my pup while looking forward for more tips and advice from you.

  13. Thanks a lot for sharing your training and guidelines for us. I wanted to ask what kind of vegetarian food can I give to my dog? Also is giving veg food only harmful? My dog is a female and she is 4 months old.

    1. Dogs are carnivores they need meat you can mix vegetables with it but only certain ones, I use a mix of cooked rice, broccoli, grated carrot and peas, I cook it all together then bag it into portions n freeze it, then I mix it through the meat I’m serving eg, raw chicken or beef etc sardines sometimes I mix in a raw egg, dogs need protein, look up raw diet, good luck

  14. My 11 month old Gsd gets fed 2 times a day he gets 3 cups of food (mix of wet and dry Blue) he always eats his breakfast but he never finishes his dinner. Am I feeding him too much? He is tall at 28 inches and weighs 87 pounds

  15. I have been scouring the Internet for anything that will tell me the AMOUNT (not just the frequency!) I should be feeding my pup. He’s 16 weeks old, I just rescued him today, the person who had him didn’t know what they were doing and he is VERY malnourished (his ribs are visible from a distance),

    I’m in the process of transitioning him to a protein rich, grain free, dry food…. But PLEASE, Assuming I’m feeding him 3-4 times a day what is a good amount to start with per serving?? I understand that I’ll have to monitor him and adjust accordingly but where do I start?? I would have never thought it would be so hard to find an answer to this question. Lol

  16. Our Kenobi is 75 days old. He’s happy and active but he weighs under 4 kgs. Also we are in dilemma whether to feed him meat or not. He poops and eats his own poop. I want help for him to gain some weight and to potty train in gentle way.

    1. We just adopted a German Shepard that had an embedded collar and very under weight. We are feeding him TOW mixed with Chicken Soup dog food, we mix in for now a mix of hamburger/Turkey to help bulk up. If still hungry you can use carrot/peas frozen veg from wal Mart.

  17. We have a recently turned 2 yr old GSD. Primarily black and tan on his legs, working line.
    He was huge at 6 weeks old. At 4 months, he was 50lbs. He is about 98lbs now. Eats real food — protein, healthy fat, carbs, gets his vitamins, etc. We exercise him and our husky with rollerblading, walks, hikes and jogs.
    And strangers think he’s big. But we had a roommate and 3 family members say he’s “too skinny”. 98lbs, and skinny??? Lol. He got taller and longer and leaner – which i like him to stay lean- like an athlete. People expect them to be huge, when that is unhealthy for them. Our family GSD passed away in 2013, and he was over weight at 125lbs and had gotten hip dysplaysia.
    It’s very annoying that people do this cause I start 2nd guessing it.

  18. My 7 months old female German Shepherd only weights 44 pounds, she starts with dry food but two months ago she didn’t eat much dry food. I switch to two different good quality brand dry food, top with wet food but she still turns her nose away. If I feed her the whole can wet dry mixed with only a quarter cup dry food, she finishes everything but the wet food is so expensive if I give her whole can every meal. Any recommendation. Thanks

  19. I just got a German Shepherd 9 months (good in size and weight) old from some body. The previous owner was feeding him weird food like noodles, rice, milk with biscuits three times a day.
    I am trying to shift him to canned/cooked food. Sometimes he eats can food nicely but some times leaves it in middle.

    Can you suggest us a good diet for this dog. Should we keep feeding him milk?

  20. I have a 7 year old GERMAN SHEPHERD …I have been reading the benefits of bone broth…. I used chicken bones, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, water added just enough to cover bones…
    in my crock pot….on low for 24-72 hours. I left in the crock pot on low for about 70 hours.
    cooled..then food processed the very crumbly to the touch bones….my big fella loved it…wanted more!!!
    question….can anyone tell me how much of this bone broth soup to feed, everyday, weekly, monthly,,,1 cup 1 teaspoon???

  21. My GS is 9 weeks old . He is very thin . he don’t eat dry puppy food . We gave him boiled rice & chicken. He liked it but now he is not eating that too. He is very picky and he is not gaining weight . Raw egg is ok for him?
    Any suggestions what we kind of food we can give to him.He looks food from outside but when we give to him he don’t eat.
    Can anybody give us advice. How we can convince him to eat and what kind food we can give to him.

  22. I have a 4 month old pure bred German Shepherd…She eats everything in her sight…digs in the yard…..was puking at first with the food we had her n…So I went bk to Red ford……she has eaten a few flavored bones and now has diarreah……I feed her 4 X a day less than a 1/2 cup …and a few small puppy bones I between as a treat….Does this sound right ? And could the diarreah be because she ate those flavored bones?
    Best regards ,Penny

  23. Please caution people to check out the breed and their traits, characteristics, good and bad points, size, shedding, costs of medical care and food before getting a GSD. They are not for everyone or every family.

  24. Lillian Schaeffer

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that canned dog food has more water in it which helps with hydration. My German Shepard hasn’t been drinking as much as I think he should, and I’m worried about dehydration. I’ll definitely look into adding canned food to his diet so he can get some extra water that way. Thanks for the great post!


  26. My GSD is 4 years old I just adopted him from the local shelter yesterday he is very malnourished she only ways 63 pounds and has a very dry coat how much should I feed him a day and is nutro a good brand to feed him

  27. Sir I have GS dog he is 1 month old plz suggest me which type of food I have to give( dog food or raw meat etc because I want my dog healthy and bright colours and active and tall and I want to send photo of my pup because check it out this is good breed or not give me your email id I will send photos and kindly plz tell me about his diet and also time table thank u

  28. I have a Shepherd/Lab mix. She is 5 months old today. We are currently feeding her 3 cups of grain free kibble a day. We were doing 3, 1 cup portions, but she would eat it so fast she would get sick and throw it up (even though we got her a dish to slow her eating). So we cut it down to 1/4 cup every hour or so. This stopped her from being sick but it still seems like she is always hungry. Are we feeding her too little?

  29. i have a 7mos old gsd.he is thin but very active. i made him food,with white rice,chicken/pork meat,carrots and potatoes… he was with dry dog food before,but dont want to eat it most of the time,thats why i switched it to my own recipe food diet…but he never gets fat…always skinny though he eats loads 3 times a day. .. and noticed blood in his poop… i took him to vet, got some antibacterial med.but no to avail… still pooping with blood,but his hyperactiveness is still the same so i never worried…. should i be worried?

  30. My dog is thin,. As he got some illness.when he was two months old. Now he is 4 month old. What should I give him to eat suggest home food please. Thanks cheers NIRMAL.

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  32. Hi I feed my German shepherd puppy 6 month old 215 gram in the morning 40g beef liver and25 g beef heart 2 tbs yogurt 150g royal Canin will that be ok and thanks for very good info from you

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