German Shepherd Food: Many breeders and vets will recommend making your own pet food for your German shepherd. This requires more effort and time than purchasing dog food from the store, but it has a number of benefits. You can fully be aware of all of the various components that are going into your pet's food. This keeps him healthy and allows you to have full control over all of the various types of ingredients and nutrients. It also allows you to cater to your pet's personal tastes and desires. The exact mix of foods that you'll include will be dependent upon your pet's age and overall health. Generally speaking, however, your homemade dog food for a German Shepherd will include the following fresh components: •Whole grain in medium proportion •Meat-based protein source (chicken, fish, duck, beef or lamb) •Healthy fat (often from fish sources) •Occasional vegetable sources If you don't have the time or resources to make your own food for your German shepherd, there are a number of different manufactured brands that will work sufficiently. Because there are good quality dog foods across a number of brand names, it's best to look for certain qualities in the food you select. Be sure that any food you choose has fresh and organic ingredients. Non-fresh ingredients lose a great deal of their nutritional benefits. Avoid chemical preservatives, coloring additives or flavoring agents as best as you can. These will not add to the eating experience for your German shepherd and will only put him at risk for developing stomach upset, allergies and other potentially harmful effects. Finally, look for a well-balanced diet that contains a wide mixture of nutrients and benefits for your pet.