How To Select The proper Animal Protein
We have broken the breeds by region that they were developed in. Once you have identified what region or combination of regions a client’s pet s from you will be better prepared to recommend the correct retail formulation for them to feed. If you have a mixed breed dog, select the most dominant breeds (2) to use as a guide.
These regional specific guidelines provide an evolutionary basis for diets appropriate for a variety of dogs. For a more in-depth Breed Specific diet refer them to our Breed Specific Diet service. Below are 8 Breed Groupings and the recommended Pet Nutrition Systems whole food Retail formulation that match their general nutrient needs. When canines are fed a region whole food diet they are less likely to develop food allergies, digestive disorders, and autoimmune issues.
Asian Breeds: Steamed vegetables including beans and whole grains such as white, brown and wild rice mixed with fish, chicken, and pork. (these are the regional ancestral food at the time these breeds where developed form the basis of a sound diet. (Salmon, Turkey, Chicken, Boar)
Euro-coastal Breeds: Diets rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber compliment these breeds’ special needs. In addition to beef, lamb and poultry sources of protein, potatoes, and other vegetables should be featured prominently. (Beef, lamb & saltwater fish)
Field Hunting Breeds: Rabbit. poultry and venison adequately fuel these active breeds, along with vegetables and grains, including oats and whole barley. (Venison, Quail, Duck, Rabbit, Chicken & Turkey)
German Breeds: This region produces leafy greens and many types of grain. Lamb and cattle as a primary protein source will satisfy these working breeds. Due to the diet fed these breeds have developed shorter colons than other breeds from a different region of the world. The right blend of all three types of ingredients (protein, fiber, and carb) is essential to prevent bloat and adequate nutrient absorption. (Beef, Bison & Lamb)
North American Coastal Breeds These breeds, developed in close association with water, not surprisingly thrive when fed a diet rich in waterfowl and fish. Duck, white fresh and saltwater fish and other aquatic proteins rich in fatty acids provide vital nutrients for these breeds. Greens and whole grains complete the diet. (Turkey, Chicken & Fresh and Salt Water Fish)
Northeast USA Breeds: Animal proteins from cold-weather hunting breeds and farm dogs came from game meat. (turkey, elk, venison and farm animals) These breeds often do not tolerate whole grains, which cause the stomach upset and gas. It is better when their fiber is from root vegetables.
Sight Hounds: Rabbit, Deer, waterfowl, and turkey protein sources most closely match what these breeds were developed to hunt and grew as a breed eating. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains round out their diets and are designed to provide energy for a variety of activities for which these breeds are known. (Venison, Chicken & Turkey)
Toy Breeds: Chicken and fish, along with protein and omega-rich avocado ensure these delicate breeds retain vigorous health and lustrous coats. (Fresh Water Fish, Turkey, & Beef)
Breed Specific Diets
For those pet owners who would like a more nutritionally tailored diet, our BSD program is a natural alternative. The genetic histories, ancestral diets and mapping of the nutrient requirement of each breed through Bio-Nutritional Analysis has to lead to the popularity in breed-specific diets. It’s no surprise that the needs of a Boston Terrier differ from those of an Irish Wolfhound. Now dietary recommendations that cater to the differences between a German Shepherd and a Yorkshire Terrier have scientific validity and are available for you to order. Pet Nutrition Systems has created formulations for over 250 breeds and the top 150 are represented in the BSD Guide.