Fresh Food for Old English Sheepdogs
They look like big balls of fluff, but Old English sheepdogs are solid dogs that weigh anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds. In early 19th century England, they worked driving cattle to market. Today, they’re friendly, adaptable family companions. A long daily walk and play time in the form of agility exercises do nicely for these bouncy pups. While that showstopping coat attracts a lot of fans, be aware that it also represents a time commitment. Daily brushing at home and monthly visits to a professional groomer are called for. Fun fact: Paul McCartney wrote a song about his sheepdog, Martha. Titled “Martha My Dear,” it is on the Beatles’ White Album.
A diet of fresh food for your Old English sheepdog is the best way to support their health and happiness — along with a moderate amount of daily exercise, vet care, and regular visits to a professional groomer.
What’s the best dog food for Old English sheepdogs?
A diet of fresh dog food for your Old English sheepdog contributes to a healthy, active life, and could help stave off some of the ailments common to this breed.
Why fresh is best for your Old English Sheepdogs
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Old English Sheepdogs’s health. Recipes from The Farmer’s Dog are made with fresh, human-grade ingredients, steamed to retain nutrients, and pre-portioned to help maintain weight.Feed Fresh Today
Old English sheepdogs are prone to joint issues. Maintaining a lean body condition can help. And fresh food from The Farmer’s Dog contains Omega-3 fatty acids, proven to reduce inflammation and improve arthritis. Even if kibble contains these healthy fats, they can go rancid sitting on the shelf for long periods. Rancid fats don’t deliver the intended health benefits, and in fact can contribute to inflammation. Fresh food delivers these powerful nutrients intact to your Old English sheepdog.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your Old English sheepdog's health. It supports optimal muscle growth and maintenance and a strong heart. Another hallmark of a digestible diet is what we call “high quality poops.” Research shows that a digestible, bioavailable diet affects the quality and quantity of your dog’s poop—making it less voluminous, and less stinky, than their poop on a kibble diet!
Know what’s in the bowl
For Old English sheepdogs with dry and itchy skin, sensitive stomachs, or other signs of food allergies and sensitivities, it’s important to know exactly what you’re feeding—something that can be impossible with kibble, which often contains ingredients not listed on the bag. Allergies and intolerances to food are all too common and many dog owners notice symptoms clear up when they switch to fresh food.
Maintain a healthy weight
It’s critically important to avoid overfeeding any dog, big or small. Being even a little overweight can increase your Old English sheepdog's odds of developing a host of diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. A fresh-food plan, tailored to your dog’s needs, and delivered in pre-portioned packs, makes weight maintenance easy.
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