Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy Dry Dog Food, 30-lb bag

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This Royal Canin formula is designed exclusively for pure breed German Shepherd puppies from 8 weeks to 15 months. The young German Shepherd tends to be more sensitive to digestive upset than other breeds, and also has alkaline skin just like an adult. Large puppies like German Shepherds grow quickly, and their active lifestyle can place stress on their joints that can have lifetime effects. That's why it's important to feed a diet that is tailor-made for their specific needs.

Key Benefits

  • Designed for German Shepherd puppies from 8 weeks to 15 months
  • Helps maintain a balanced intestinal flora and good stool quality
  • Appropriate calcium and phosphorus content for bone and joint health
  • An exclusive complex of antioxidants to support a puppy's natural defenses
  • Kibble size, shape and texture designed to be easy to pick up and encourages chewing

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  • Item Number
  • Brand
    Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition
  • Breed Size
    Large, Giant
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States

Nutritional Info


Brewers Rice, Chicken By-Product Meal, Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat Gluten, Chicken Fat, Natural Flavors, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Fish Oil, Sodium Silico Aluminate, Vegetable Oil, Pea Fiber, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Monocalcium Phosphate, Psyllium Seed Husk, L-Lysine, Salt, Fructooligosaccharides, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Taurine, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Dl-Methionine, Vitamins [Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), Inositol, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement], Choline Chloride, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Marigold Extract (Tagetes Erecta L.), Trace Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Proteinate], Chondroitin Sulfate, Rosemary Extract, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid.

Caloric Content

3,663 kcal/kg, 333 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 28.0% min
Crude Fat 14.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.9% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Calcium 0.94% min
Phosphorus 0.72% min
Vitamin E 500 IU/kg min
Taurine 0.23% min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 200 mg/kg min
Glucosamine 750 mg/kg min
Chondroitin Sulfate 25 mg/kg min
Lutein 5 mg/kg min
Fuctooligosaccharides (FOS) 3,000 mg/kg min
Mannanoligosaccharides (MOS) 400 mg/kg min

Feeding Instructions

Age Adult Target Weight 57 lbs Daily Feeding (Cups) Adult Target Weight 77 lbs Daily Feeding (Cups) Adult Target Weight 97 lbs Daily Feeding (Cups)
2 Months 2 7/8 3 1/8 3 3/8
3 Months 3 1/2 4 4 3/8
4 Months 3 7/8 4 3/8 4 3/4
6 Months 4 3/8 5 1/2 6 1/2
8 Months 4 3/8 5 1/2 7
10 Months 4 5 6 1/2
12 Months 3 5/8 4 1/2 5 3/8
14 Months 3 5/8 4 1/2 5 3/8

1 cup = 8 fluid ounces

This is only a guide. Optimal feeding amounts may vary according to your pet's temperament, activity level and environment. If you have any questions regarding your pet's health, please contact your veterinarian.

Transition Instructions

We recommend at least a 7-day transition before you begin feeding the new food exclusively. Start by mixing 75% of the old diet with 25% of the new diet on Day 1 and Day 2. On Day 3 and Day 4, mix 50% of the old diet with 50% of the new diet. On Day 5 and Day 6, mix 25% of the old diet with 75% of the new diet. On the 7th day, you can feed the new food exclusively. This allows your pet’s digestive system to smoothly adapt to the new food.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are Royal Canin diets preserved?

All of our dry diets are preserved naturally with mixed tocopherols, citric acid, and rosemary extract. Our canned diets are naturally preserved and sterilized during the cooking and canning process.

Where do the ingredients in Royal Canin diets come from?

We select our ingredients based on multiple factors, including the supplier’s compliance with our quality and food safety requirements, consistent availability, and on the nutrients required to meet the dietary needs of the pet.

Royal Canin is making strides towards sustainability by attempting to obtain sources of raw materials as close to each manufacturing facility as possible. In some cases, we use international suppliers, because only those suppliers can offer raw materials that comply with our quality and food safety standards.

Why do some Royal Canin diets contain by-products?

Royal Canin chooses ingredients because they deliver high-quality nutrients that support our customized pet food formulas. Using chicken by-product meal instead of chicken meal for example will allow Royal Canin to maintain its highly customized nutrient standards while achieving a more secure and sustainable supply.

Why do some Royal Canin diets contain grains?

Grains can be a healthy part of any cat or dog’s diet. As always, we focus on the nutrients each ingredient provides and grains can provide many important nutrients.

How do you ensure Royal Canin diets are safe for my pet?

Our Quality and Food Safety systems are state-of-the-art and we continue to invest heavily in new technology to make sure they remain that way.

  • We put our suppliers through a rigorous selection process that doesn’t end with our first purchase.
  • We monitor every load delivered to our plants to verify the safety and quality of the ingredients we use to make pet food.
  • We perform tests on finished pet foods before they are shipped to our customers.
  • We manufacture every pet food we sell, in plants that we own; our plants are ISO 9001:2008 certified for Quality Management and ISO 22000 certified for Food Safety.

How do I know which Royal Canin diet is right for my pet?

Based on size, age, lifestyle, and breed, each cat or dog has unique nutritional needs. For healthy pets, use our Product Selector to find the right diet for your cat or dog.

If your pet is experiencing health issues, please refer to your veterinarian for more information. Your veterinarian will consider multiple factors when recommending an appropriate diet.

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From their personalities to their distinctive physiologies, pure breed dogs have unique characteristics that make them sought-after and beloved companions. When choosing a formula, it's important to keep in mind the unique characteristics of your breed including:

Face and Jaw: All dogs fall into two basic jaw types: Brachycephalic or mesocephalic. Breeds with short, broad muzzles (like Bulldogs) are examples of a brachycephalic jaw. Breeds with a longer muzzle (like Labrador Retrievers) are examples of mesocephalic breeds. The jaw type, and even biting patterns can affect how a breed picks up kibble.

Skin Types: The skin's most important function is to serve as a barrier of protection-but not all breeds have the same skin type. From wrinkled and folded (which traps heat and moisture) to sensitive or water resistant, precise levels of key nutrients help to support a breed's unique skin health needs.

Distinctive Coats: There's more to a coat than meets the eye. From the color and texture to undercoats, each pure breed dog has a unique coat with unique needs.

Breed Specific Formulas

Every dog is unique. From the small, flat-faced Pug to the obesity-prone Labrador Retriever, Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition is tailor-made to address the unique needs of pure breed dogs. These breed specific formulas benefit from the latest Royal Canin research on the selection of the best protein sources, unique nutrients and tailor-made kibbles.

Formulated for German Shepherd Puppies

Royal Canin's German Shepherd Puppy Dry Dog Food is designed exclusively for pure breed German Shepherd puppies from 8 weeks to 15 months.

Digestive performance: Digestive health is essential during German Shepherd puppies' growth period. Their digestive system is not yet fully developed and can't absorb nutrients in the same way adult dogs can. This formula takes into account digestive sensitivity common in German Shepherd puppies, and includes L.I.P. proteins to help maintain a balanced intestinal flora.

Bone & joint health: German Shepherd Puppy Dry Dog Food supports healthy bones and joints with appropriate calcium and phosphorus content. This exclusive formula also helps maintain an ideal weight.

Natural defenses: During the growth period, German Shepherd puppies' natural defenses are not yet fully developed. This formula includes an exclusive complex of antioxidants including vitamins E and C, lutein and taurine to maintain their natural defenses.

Exclusive Kibble

German Shepherds have a long, strong muzzle with equally strong teeth. The size, shape and texture of the kibble in German Shepherd Puppy Dry Dog Food is exclusively designed for easy pick up while also encouraging puppies to chew.

Why Royal Canin?

Over time, Royal Canin has accumulated vast knowledge about cats and dogs that only extensive research, scientific study and tireless talks with pet professionals, veterinarians and owners can provide. That knowledge led them to develop precise nutrition for cats and dogs. Each Royal Canin formula is tailored to pets' size, age, lifestyle and breed and contains more than 50 perfectly balanced nutrients for the most effective diet possible.

Their focus on science puts pets at the heart of the formulation process, choosing only ingredients that optimize the food's nutritional content. Royal Canin also continues to invest heavily in new technology to ensure their quality and food safety systems remain state-of-the-art, so pets can continue to benefit from the latest in food health and nutrition.

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    I'm a first time GSD owner and in love with this breed. We got him as a puppy and tried a few different kinds of food before trying Royal Canine. He couldn't hold anything down except this. He has come to the point where when the box is delivered he gets so excited.

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    Our puppy was having issues finding the perfect puppy food when our vet recommended this. We tried it and it is the perfect food for our shepherd . No more issues. It even has a more pleasant smell! Even easier was ordering from Chewy for this product. No searching for it in stores, delivered in a day or two right to my door.

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    My husband originally bought Iams puppy a good food, but given the nature of the German Shepard tendency to have a sensitive tummy i decided we should give Royal Canin a try. Boy did they get something right! The day I opened the bag our puppy was at the other end of the house, and she must have smelled the food and boy did she come running. We have had no tummy issues and she loves it.

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    It is not always convenient to go to the pet store with two German Sheppard Puppies and not all pet stores carry this product. The male puppy loves this food the best. The female has slowed down how fast she consumes it now but they both love this food the best out of the three they have tried. Royal Canin keeps their coats shiny, is supposed to help support their specific digestive needs, and the dogs enjoy the taste/texture of it.

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    Our new GED loves the Royal Can in for his breed. It has helped with his delicate tummy problems. Now if I can get him to eat a little slower...

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    My German Shepherd puppy would skip meals with his other high quality food brand. He loves his new food. Using chewy.com is icing on the cake. Cheaper and much more efficient than gowing to pet store and lugging 30pound bags of food.

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    My little guy was having trouble with food like most GSD, this was recommended by a friend and we couldnt be happier. And he loves it

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    I have always used Royal Canin. I now have a new puppy and she loves her food. The breeder said she only wished she could put her puppies on this food. She was delighted that we were going to continue with good quality food.

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    My puppy loves it!! I bought it just because it was for German shepherds. My puppy is picky on what she eats but she loved it! I know I will be buying this for the rest of the time she needs to eat puppy food. :)

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    My little guy is quite the fussy one. After trying a few different dry foods, we've finally found one he seems to enjoy.

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