Fresh Food for Pyrenean Shepherds
Pyrenean Shepherds are named for the Pyrenees mountains of France, where they were bred to herd sheep. Known as Pyr Sheps for short, these dogs weigh anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds and need a lot of vigorous exercise—an hour or more daily—otherwise they can be destructive. Enthusiastic walking and hiking partners, they enjoy agility training and dog sports–they’re known for their speed. Pyr Sheps are devoted to their families and good with children that they live with. Wary of strangers, they are alert watchdogs and bark a lot but can be trained to bark less. Some Pyr Sheps have rough-faced coats, and others have smooth-faced coats. Both types require brushing a few times a week.
What’s the best dog food for Pyrenean Shepherds?
A diet of fresh food for your Pyrenean Shepherd is the best way to support their health and happiness — along with A LOT of daily exercise, regular vet care, and a loving family.
Why fresh is best for your Pyrenean Shepherds
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Pyrenean Shepherds’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
Pyrenean Shepherds 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 Pyr Shep.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your Pyrenean Shepherd'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 Pyrenean Shepherds 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 Pyrenean Shepherd'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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