The Abruzzese shepherd
dog is an animal that doesn't have big alimentary pretensions. Once
their food regime was very scarce and this has strongly tempered its
The food requirement is varying from individual to individual and wanders
around the 600 grs of meat a day.
Clearly the necessary quantity of food various also for other factors.
A dog that works needs a greater quantity of food vice versa a dog
that develops a sedentary life needs to receive a inferior quantity
You could be said that perhaps an excess of foods is more dangerous of a
scarce feeding , in fact, anatomically their digestive apparatus is very
short and too much a rich ration could often give problems place as the
torsion of the stomach, a pathology that strikes the dogs of big ransom
and that it is often cause of death.
To avoid that the dog can have these problems it will need, therefore, to
divide the daily ration in more meals so that to avoid that the dog can
have too much a great ration.
This makes necessary in the dogs that have pups since in this phase their
daily requirement can reach until 4 kgs/day of meat.
or Raw food?
One of the most recurrent questions that are proposed it is that
tied up to the type of food to administer to our dogs. Today exist
in commerce a lot of foods that supply to the energetic requirement
of our animals.
Surely this doesn't mean that the meat is not a good food, in fact,
these dogs are grown feeding itself with what the shepherd succeeded
in recovering for them: generally serum of milk but also discards of
butcheries or dry bread. Many believe that to cook the meat both
better and to give it raw because so possible microbes are
eliminated or even because "so the dog doesn't eat the animals
from courtyard". In reality the raw feeding has its benefits:
the cooking reduces the food power of the meat and lowers the
content of vitamins of it. It doesn't need then to think that the
stomach of the dogs both as ours. The dogs are able to bear and to
digest indigestible foods for the man and they surely have less
problems of us. You can be held therefore that the raw meat is a
good food for these dogs and that therefore he can quietly feed
these dogs with meat and bones raw. Recent studies, have shown
besides, that the dogs fed with the method BARF (Biologically
Appropriate Raw Food) they have very less probabilities to be
afflicted from displasia.
Another false myth is that that the
bones that don't have to absolutely be dates to the dogs.
The bones kind those of chicken are easily shater from the dogs and they
contribute to satisfy the enormous requirement of kick of which these dogs
have need kind in the period of growth where they can come to grow of 300
grams a day.
The bones, contribute besides to eliminate from the residual teeth of
food, that in the long time can provoke problems to the set of
teeth of the dog with the appearance of caries. Surely a danger
exists because of the fragments of bones that can provoke damages to the
digestive apparatus but this problem can easily be old eliminating
the long bones, kind those of turkey and rabbit that for them conformation
they have the tendency to splinter themselves and to be sharp. Once, when
these dogs lived on the pasture, their feeding was very poor. The
shepherds prepared them of the mashes formed by the serum of milk and by
the bread that it advanced. It dealt with an extremely nourishing food
that however it was not present for all the periods of the year. In some
cases the dogs provided from if chasing small rodents lizards or simple
crickets. The tied up shepherds to their dogs made to bring together with
the restocking you also discard of butcheries that however they
immediately ended after a few times.
reproduced in this page all originate from the private collection of Marco
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