A typical serving for an Australian Shepherd adult is 1.5 to 2.5 cups of excellent quality dry dog food per day. There are various considerations in feeding your dog depending on its age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism. A breed with high energy needs means high nutrient requirements. While it is true that breeds have basic nutritional needs, remember your dog is a unique being with distinctive needs.
Aussies, known as highly active dogs, require more protein than carbohydrates to be able to support their energy requirements. Protein is an important component that helps build muscles.
Typical calorie needs of adult Australian Shepherds per day:
- Senior and less active: up to 1,070 calories daily
- Typical adults: up to 1,310 calories daily
- Physically active/working dogs: up to 2,085 calories daily
As previously mentioned, Aussies need a lot of protein so their food should mainly be composed of meat. Whether commercial or homemade dog food, chicken and turkey, including liver, are great choices. Other sources of protein are eggs, lentils, peas, and chickpeas. Omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, herring and other sources are also recommended to maintain a shiny coat.