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    I'm wondering if anyone has heard of William Cusick and his theory of breed specific nutritional requirements? Any thoughts on this theory? would love to hear some opinions...

    BREED SPECIFIC DIETARY REQUIRMENTS

    Edit: Skip this link, try the one in post #4
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    Well I don't know but I find the website VERY intense and hard on the eye.
    I feed raw and keep my ears open for what is the right food for her...bit of a minefield. I know some of the things he recommends do not agree with her digestion so..jury is out.

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    I'm the same, I clicked on the link and had to close it.. the webpage hurt my eyes way too much. Simple really is better.

    No point for me to really read up on breed specific diets though, I have two cross breeds and everyone has different opinions on what they are.

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    I know, the website's horrible isn't it. Actually it's changed since i first looked at it and I can't find any info on it anyway. I did a google search and found the book which is easier on the eye and actually has the info in it I was referring to. Sorry about the bum steer.

    http://www.wdcusick.com/2.pdf

    I also have 2 crossbreeds so I had the same thoughts - even if you know the breeds it still seems like a lottery to me.

    The theory is based on where breeds originated and what their primary sources of food would have been and it struck me that in one respect he's right. Different breeds come from different parts of the world and would have been fed very different types of food (apparrently the chow chow was bred for meat and grain+veg fed?!?). But has that had an effect on the development of their digestive system, or not? That's really what I'm thinking about. Sorry if you're not a reader, this topic may not be for you I read anything and everything I come across....and often bore people to tears....

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    'dhru' - never heard of the person mentioned - sorry.

    Raw is recommended as the best diet for our pups. See this link:

    Feeding Raw Bones

    I think that there is a 'lot of water under the bridge' for the majority of the breeds of dogs we see in everyday life.

    I have always believed that this type of suggestion was just an extremely effective marketing ploy to get more money out of the dog owning population !

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    I think it could be true - but not sure if its true enough to do more than pay attention to what my dog does well on.

    It's kind of obvious that a Great Dane would have different nutritional requirements than a Chihuahua - starting with quantity.

    I'm not sure how well they connect various ingredients with various outcomes or even that they get the needs of different breeds correct. So I think the idea is great but without some large sample double blind with control and placebos studies - I'm not convinced about any of the specific logic of it.

    My dad always said a "big boned" woman ate too much - nothing to do with her bones - and he was a bone doctor. I don't think structurally that there is any evidence that a healthy bone in a big dog is significantly different in structure (apart from size) to a small dog or that feeding more "bone binding" elements would make a difference or that the small dog wouldn't need them just as much as the big dog. It's not like we feed basketballers a significantly different diet to short people. We might focus on what they need as an athlete - ie because they sweat a lot and run a lot they need more electrolytes and hydration and more high energy food than couch potatoes. But there's nothing we can feed that will make the joints and bones significantly stronger that wouldn't be just as important in the small person.

    So I can imagine that some allergies would run in families - but there aren't very many that apply across a whole family or dog breed. There are also people and horses and dogs that have differing levels of efficiency in their metabolism. Eg two horses - same nutrition available - and one gets fat, and the other craps most of it straight out the other end. I know humans like that, and dogs too. Everyone's digestive system is slightly different and there are differences in efficiency.

    But I can't say labs are fat because while they eat and exercise the same as another dog like a whippet - that their digestion is more efficient, and whippets have the metabolism like a shrew? I don't know. It's possible - but I haven't seen any studies or reports on it. Not as a breed wide phenomena. It might be more noticeable across a single litter of puppies. Some will do well and others will be skinny...

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    From a nutritional requirement of canines, i think this is stuff n nonsense.
    A working GSD, has a vastly different diet to a pet for eg.
    A older dog has different needs to a adult
    A pup different again.
    stuff n nonsense, IMO
    and wow, if that website reflects the inner workings of the guys mind, well, way too overly inclusive.

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    A complete crock!

    Of course, I looked up my breed, Bull Terrier, first. Because British people eat mostly "potatoes and cabbage", it advises to feed my bully meat, potatoes, cabbage and wheat, and to avoid white rice and fish. Ludicrous because many bullies suffer from skin complaints caused by wheat!

    Then I picked something random, I chose the Aussie Shepherd. Based on the above logic this dog should live on hotdogs and apple pie.

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    cabbage makes everybody fart. And Potatoes are from south America. Not really british. Turnips or Beets would have made more sense.

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    C'mon hya...nothings more pommy than a serving of 'Bangers and mash'....except maybe a serve of fih 'n' chips wrapped in newspaper from the chippy.

    Mojo's a whinging Pom too but there is no way i'm serving my dog warm beer.

    Seriously though... IMO...the best food for ones dog is the best you can afford and then trial and era till you find a good diet that agrees with the pooch's belly.


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