after giving Maya a CRAP quality kibble, I spent a lot of time researching what was the best kibble on the Market. After much research, I found that the best results were with foods that tried as closely as possible to mimic a Natural diet, and kept clear of grains, such as Orijen and Taste of the wild, in the end I thought to myself, why argue with Nature.
To be honest, I have always been fond of a carniverous diet for dogs, I would only give kibble because "Proffesionals" told me they need the vitamins and minerals found in kibbles, however the more research i did, the more I found this not to be the case.
The fact is that dogs and wolves differ genetically, by only 0.02%, this is almost nothing, especially when you consider that it is thought that some humans may differ genetically by as much as 0.05%, it is especially true of german shepherds, since they are even closer related to wolves than husky's, and in all dogs, although temperament and visually they are different to wolves, thier oral and digestive systems are identical.
So when I considered all those facts, I decided to go for raw fed. Now there are 2 types of raw feeding, there is the BARF diet;
The "BARF" diet, an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones And Raw Food was created by Billinghurst. The acronym was coined by Debra Tripp. A typical BARF diet is made up of 60-80% of raw meaty bones(RMB), that is bones with about 50% meat,(e.g. chicken neck, back and wings) and 20-40% of fruits and vegetables, offal, meat, eggs, or dairy foods
and there is the prey model;
The "Prey model" diet attempts to simulate the proportions of an actual prey animal in a pet's diet. Actual whole prey are used whenever possible, including whole rabbits, chickens, game hens and turkeys. Generally, the diet recommends 80% meat (including some 'meaty' organs such as heart), 10% bone and 10% organs (of which half is liver). Proponents of the whole prey model diet believe dogs and cats are both natural carnivores and therefore there is no nutritional or dietary need for anything other than meat, bones, and organs,. The supporters of the prey model also focus on feeding meats from a wide variety of animals, and some add small amounts of vegetable matter.
This information was gathered from wikipedia and gives you a good idea of how each diet works, but I suggest you do a lot more research first. Raw feeding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I use the prey model for Maya because I believe she is simply a domesticated wolf (Canis Lupus Familiaris), and should eat what a wolf eats, and this is a variety of different whole animals.
Her diet currently consists of whole chickens, raw eggs, pigs liver, pigs heart, pork chops, pork shoulder joints, minced meat, whole Mackrel and tinned tuna (for omega 3). I plan on adding more and more different prey to her diet as she grows, as well as different organs such as kidneys, tripe, lungs ect. They key to achieving a balanced diet with the prey model, is to introduce new food sources, and feed WHOLE prey where possible (obviously cut into portion sizes), each meal is NOT going to be a balanced diet, however you should achieve balance each month.
Maya has no problem with chicken or pork bones, and as long as good hygene in the kitchen is kept, you should have no trouble with bacteria.