S. Iacob

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TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF USING DIFFERENT SOURCES OF FOOD IN ROMANIAN SHEPHERD BREED FEEDING

S. Iacob, I.M. Pop

Abstract
Romanian Shepherd breeding has gained interest after the international approval in 2005. In terms of nutrition for these breeds, some breeders are contend with commercial food nutrition, while others are followers of traditional feeding, based on regular processed ingredients by boiling. Purpose of this paper is to realize an economic and technical evaluation from the use of different sources of food for dogs. Commercial varieties studied were dehydrated, semi-moist and moist food, in front against traditional rations models based on literature. The results show that food trade presents a more balanced level of nutrients in relation to food standards. Assessment of individual daily costs may recommend using premium and superpremium dog food, as more economically profitable.

Key words: shepherd dog, dog, canine nutrition, pet food