The German Shepherd is a large, muscular, athletic dog breed that requires adequate nutrition to replenish its active lifestyle. Protein and fat are two of the more important components when it comes to a German Shepherd diet. Whole meat sources, fish oil (omega 3), vegetables and small amount of digestible carbohydrates are highly recommended. So what’s the best dry dog food brands for German Shepherds? Here are the best dry dog food brands for German Shepherds for 2018.


5. Taste of The Wild Wetlands Grain Free Dry Dog Food

Taste of the Wild Wetlands Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is made with high quality proteins including roasted, smoked water fowl. High protein chicken & fish meal is also found in this 5 star brand. Wetland’s grain-free recipe includes sweet potatoes and peas that deliver the highly-digestible energy your active German Shepherd requires.



Ingredients: Duck, Duck Meal, Chicken Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Ocean Fish Meal, Potato Protein, Roasted Quail, Roasted Duck, Smoked Turkey, Tomato Pomace, Salt, Choline Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Raspberries, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Lactis, Lactobacillus Reuteri, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid.

4. ACANA® Heritage Meats Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

This 5 star brand contains 60% beef, pork and lamb ingredients including meat, liver & tripe 40% vegetables, fruits, botanicals plus zinc proteinate to support your German Shepherd’s peak health and immunity. The kibble is infused with freeze-dried liver and tripe for palatability. No grain, potato, tapioca, glutens or other plant protein concentrates as well.



Ingredients: Deboned Beef, Deboned Pork, Beef Meal, Whole Green Peas, Red Lentils, Pinto Beans, Pork Meal, Beef Fat, Chickpeas, Green Lentils, Whole Yellow Peas, Deboned Lamb, Herring Oil, Sun-Cured Alfalfa, Natural Pork Flavor, Beef Tripe, Beef Liver, Beef Kidney, Pork Liver, Pork Kidney, Pork Cartilage, Lamb Tripe, Lamb Liver, Lamb Kidney, Dried Kelp, Whole Pumpkin, Whole Butternut Squash, Kale, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Turnip Greens, Carrots, Apples, Pears, Freeze-Dried Beef Liver, Freeze-Dried Pork Liver, Freeze-Dried Lamb Liver, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Chicory Root, Turmeric, Sarsaparilla Root, Althea Root, Rose Hips, Juniper Berries, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Dried Bifidobacterium Animalis Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product.

3. Zignature® Zssential Multi-Protein Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Zssential’s Multi-Source Protein recipe is a grain-free and multi-protein recipe. Zssential is exceptionally high in protein, low in saturated fat, and is loaded with essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin B12 and Selenium. These high quality ingredients are perfect for a active German Shepherd diet.



Ingredients: Turkey, Turkey Meal, Lamb Meal, Chickpeas, Duck Meal, Pea Flour, Peas, Salmon, Flaxseeds, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil (Preserved With Citric Acid), Natural Flavors, Salt, Dried Kelp, Salmon Oil , Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate), Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Blueberries, Cranberries, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols.

2. EVO® Grain Free Red Meat Formula Dry Dog Food

EVO Grain-Free Red Meat Formula Dry Dog Food is a high protein, high fat content dry dog food brand that fits in perfectly with a German Shepherd’s diet. The protein from EVO is premium quality meath that are highly digestible. The formula includes 78% animal protein from quality beef, pork, bison, lamb and venison. Omega-6 and 3 fatty acids promote a healthy skin and coat. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals for a balanced diet.

Ingredients: Beef, Pork Meal, Salmon Meal, Tapioca Starch, Peas, Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols a Source of Vitamin E), Beef Fat, Bison, Lamb, Venison, Natural Flavors, Menhaden Oil, Apples, Eggs, Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Pumpkin, Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Alfalfa Sprouts, Mineral (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate), Dried Chicory Root Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamins (Betaine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Beta Carotene, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Folic Acid), Direct Fed Microbials (Dried Enterococcus faecium, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, Dried Lactobacillus), Rosemary Extract

1. Orijen® Original Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Orijen® Adult Dry Dog Food is formulated to match your German Shepherd’s natural diet. Protein rich Boneless chicken, chicken meal, chicken liver, whole herring, boneless turkey, turkey meal, turkey liver, whole eggs, boneless walleye, whole salmon, chicken heart, chicken cartilage, herring meal, salmon meal is all packed into this 5 star formula.



Ingredients: Boneless chicken, chicken meal, chicken liver, whole herring, boneless turkey, turkey meal, turkey liver, whole eggs, boneless walleye, whole salmon, chicken heart, chicken cartilage, herring meal, salmon meal, chicken liver oil, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, sun-cured alfalfa, yams, pea fibre, chickpeas, pumpkin, butternut squash, spinach greens, carrots, red delicious apples, bartlett pears, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium, supplements: vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast