Fresh Food for Shetland Sheepdogs

Great with young kids, and generally good with other dogs, Shetland sheepdogs blend easily into family life. These herding dogs hail from Scotland’s Shetland Islands and are known as Shelties for short. They love to play and are easy to train, excelling in the areas of obedience, agility, and herding, of course. Standing 13 to 16 inches, Shetland sheepdogs weigh anywhere from 15 to 25 pounds and have long, thick coats. They do shed,  so you have to brush your Shetland sheepdog regularly, and you should own a good vacuum—a small price to pay for a beautiful dog with a great personality.

What’s the best dog food for Shetland Sheepdogs?

A diet of fresh food for your Shetland sheepdog is the best way to support their health and happiness — along with daily exercise, regular vet care, and the willingness to brush their gorgeous coats a few times a week.

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Why fresh is best for your Shetland Sheepdogs

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Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Shetland 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.

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Protect joints 

Shetland 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 Shetland sheepdog.

Promote better digestion (and poops)

A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your Shetland 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!

Build a plan for your Shetland Sheepdogs

Your Shetland Sheepdogs will do best on a diet of nutrient-dense food made from fresh, whole ingredients.

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    Tell us about your dog

    Our plans are tailored to your dog’s needs, based on their age, weight, activity level, body condition and other factors.

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    Choose your recipes

    Pick the recipes that work best for your pup, and wait for your trial box to arrive (and the dinnertime dancing to commence).

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    Get your free trial box

    Your trial contains up to 2 weeks of food, so you can get a proper taste of how it’s working for your dog before your first full order ships.

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    Start feeding fresh

    After you’ve had a chance to try (and love) it, start getting perfectly timed deliveries of fresh, healthy food.

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Know what’s in the bowl

For Shetland 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 Shetland 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.

What customers are saying about fresh dog food

  • Obi
    “Obi had terrible allergies. We tried everything. After switching to The Farmer’s Dog he doesn’t have one single hot spot, and he doesn’t lick his paws chronically anymore. He also has a bunch of energy.”
    — Obi’s mom
  • Tyene
    “As soon as we brought The Farmer’s Dog home, her skin was better, she was more active (and high quality poops!). If I can invest in her health and be proactive I think it’s worth it.”
    — Tyene’s dad
  • Atticus
    “Atticus had bad gas and diarrhea. I just thought it was part of having a big dog. With The Farmer’s Dog, it was a complete 180. I should have known that what you put in your body makes a huge difference.”
    — Atticus’ mom
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