Last Updated/Info Checked on October 19, 2023 by Linda Michaels
German Shepherds like other dog breeds can eat a variety of fruits. That doesn’t mean you go ahead a dole out a bowl filled with orange wedges or all kinds of berries.
The dog may eat all of that but without knowing the repercussions of the toxic fruits, you could potentially be harming your pooch.
So, yes, they do eat a variety of fruits such as apples, bananas, blackberries, coconut, dates, guavas, kiwis, oranges, etc. However, not all kinds of fruit are suitable for them such as avocados, cherries, unripe tomatoes, grapes, raisins, figs, grapefruits, etc.
Some of them can wreak havoc with the GI tract, not to mention the wider implications such as nervous breakdown, seizures, and uncontrolled movements.
Therefore, read the article to know what fruits German Shepherds can eat and which ones aren’t safe for them. If you want to keep your dog’s diet varied, then my previous guide about vegetables that are good for german shepherds can help you.
Even the safe ones have a bad side such as seeds and rinds. Read on to know how to feed individual fruits to your GSD.
What Fruits German Shepherds Can Eat?
On a general note, German Shepherds love apples, mangoes, strawberries, bananas, watermelon, pineapples, and kiwis. They provide all the necessary phytonutrients without harm to their bodies.
However, do avoid toxic ones such as avocados, grapes, raisins, and dry fruits.
But that is just to give you a preliminary list. Here’s the detailed list with possibly all the fruits that your GSD can eat happily. In addition, make sure you are aware of how much and how often should you feed your GSD puppy.
Apples give your German Shepherd the necessary antioxidants (fight free radicals in the blood), vitamin C (for growth and repair of cells), and loads of fiber.
Remove the peel and the seeds from the apple before feeding it to the dog because they contain cyanide. An overdose of this poison could kill the dog.
How to feed an apple to your German Shepherd?
- Remove the skin, core, and seeds.
- Cut the apple into small wedges for easy digestion.
- Make a puree with bananas or an apple pie for which every dog is a sucker. Make sure you don’t add anything to the pie!
With iron, beta carotene, calcium, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium, the apricots stand as one of the recommended treats for your GSD.
Besides these nutrients, they have a tinge of protein and loads of fiber.
How to feed apricots to your dog?
- Just as apple seeds, the seeds of apricot, too, have cyanide.
- Do away with anything besides the flesh of the fruit.
- Mesh them or cut them into bite-sized portions.
GSDs are double-coated dogs, so they need biotin to keep that fur beautiful. Bananas can cater to that by providing potassium, copper, fiber, and vitamins.
Bananas also stand as one of the owners’ go-to snacks for GSDs on a diet.
How to feed bananas?
- Make a puree.
- Give as a whole because the fruit isn’t hard.
- Freeze chunks to make delightful treats.
Bilberries contain flavonoids that are responsible for eliminating inflammation-causing toxins from the body of your dog.
You also may want to consider this fruit if your dog has gone through surgery recently, is diabetic, or cancerous.
How to feed bilberries?
- They are small so don’t cut them further.
- Freeze them for small treats.
They can eat blackberries, but only in moderation. That’s because of the xylitol present in them, which is used as an artificial sweetener in many products.
Xylitol is toxic to dogs, including GSDs, and higher amounts have been known to hospitalize them. Therefore, be careful.
At the same time, the fruit has omega-3, vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, antioxidants, and loads of fiber.
How to feed blackberries?
- Freeze them.
- Mesh them and add them to the kibble.
- Make a smoothie with plain unsweetened yogurt.
6. Blood orange
Blood oranges are special treats because they contain loads of antioxidants. If your dog is suffering from disease, feeding it a few wedges daily will help them fight back.
Besides that, vitamins A, potassium, and fiber keep the dog healthy overall.
How to feed?
- Remove the rind and seeds.
- Squeeze the juice directly into their mouth.
- Do not squeeze more than two wedges because this fruit contains a lot of sugar that could potentially lead to diabetes.
Blueberries are extremely loaded with dietary fiber. Feed your dog these if it’s suffering from diarrhea, vomiting, or other GI symptoms.
However, do not overfeed it because an overdose of fiber could worsen things for you.
How to feed blueberries?
- Trust organic canned berries only
- Mesh them but do not cut them further to reduce their sizes.
According to Dogs Eat It, boysenberries are god-sent for the immune system of your dog. It’s a rich source of anthocyanins, which are phytonutrients that fight inflammation and soothes muscle tissues.
How to feed boysenberries?
- Remove the stalks.
- Toss 2 or 3 in the dog’s mouth not a lot because of the sugar and fiber overdose that leads to indigestion.
9. Brush Cherries
The brush cherries bolster the immune system with vitamins such as C, A, and K. Cell growth, too, sees a boost, which is what we want for the GSD.
How to feed brush cherries?
- Remove the seeds and stalks.
- Toss 2 or 3 in the mouth of the dog.
- Add them to purees for their berry taste.
10. Canary Melons
Besides having plenty of vitamins and fiber, canary melons have an abundance of water as well. They are perfect as summer treats.
How to feed canary melons?
- Remove the rind and seeds.
- Cut into small bite-sized wedges or pieces.
- Freeze them or give them as it is.
Cantaloupes have niacin, folate, vitamins A, C, and B6, and fiber. According to AKC, they also have a lot of water for pooches to stay hydrated and low calories to not compromise their weight.
How to feed cantaloupe?
- Remove the rind and seeds.
- Freeze bite-sized pieces for summer treats.
Treehugger says that one clementine has enough vitamin C to fulfill an adult person’s daily recommendation. One to two segments per day will help the dog’s immune system, not to mention giving it plenty of that vitamin.
How to feed clementines?
- Remove the rind and seeds at all costs.
- Only one or two segments are enough.
- You can freeze them too or squeeze a segment directly into their mouths.
For anemic German Shepherds, the cloudberries have vitamins B2 and B3 that help in producing red blood cells and strengthen the heart for efficient circulation.
Besides that, other phytonutrients to look for are vitamins A, E, and C. All of these are known to boost the dog’s immune system.
How to feed cloudberries?
- They are already small so do not cut them further.
- You may wanna freeze more than one of them together to avoid a choking hazard.
With manganese, coconuts strengthen the bones of your dog. Antioxidants remove unwanted toxins from your body. And with lauric acid, keep inflammation in check.
Apart from the main fruit or meat, flour, or milk, avoid its water and shell.
How to feed coconut?
- A small portion, maybe a pinch, of pure coconut powder will do.
- Sprinkle it on other dog foods, fruits, or veggies.
Cranberries may be small but the vitamins, calcium, copper, and manganese keep the GSD’s liver, eyes, blood pressure, and heart in check.
Do not overfeed the dog with these berries to avoid GI upsets.
How to feed cranberries?
- Dry them for an easy munch.
- Mesh them right in the bowl.
- Avoid canned cranberry juices.
Dates should be fed in moderation because they have an abundance of sugars that may upset the dog’s stomach or lead to obesity and diabetes.
But the good part is that the vitamins A, C, B-complex, and phytonutrients such as manganese, magnesium, and potassium serve to strengthen the GSD’s immunity, eyesight, energy levels, fur, and more!
How to feed dates?
- Remove the pit and possibly the skin.
- Either feed them raw or freeze them.
- You can even cut it down into further smaller sizes.
- Dates have a lot of sugars, so make sure you don’t feed your dog more than 2.
There are phosphorus, vitamins A, K, C, and B-complex, manganese, magnesium, calcium, and potassium as the main phytochemicals in guavas. But more than that, they have myriads of antioxidants that keep a dog’s immunity superior.
How to feed guavas to your dog?
- Cut into small pieces.
- Remove the seeds.
- Make a delicious puree.
Grapefruit is also a good snack or treat for the dog. However, the amount of citric acid in these is more than in many citrus fruits.
Too much of that can pressurize the GI tract, thus, leading to loose stool, and vomiting.
How to feed grapefruit?
- Cut into small wedges.
- Remove the rind.
- Mesh two of them or add their juice to other dog foods.
Kiwis are best for your dog’s teeth, gut health, eyes, immunity, and fur health because they have vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, and lutein.
Besides these, the sugar content is also immense. That’s the flip side that you may have to avoid.
How to feed kiwis?
- Get rid of the peel or scrub the surface until there’s none.
- Remove the seeds.
- Make small slices.
- Freeze a few if the weather’s hot.
Olives offer too many nutrients for us humans, but according to AKC, dogs don’t need them if they are fed a balanced diet. Still, they are one of the healthiest snacks, should you choose to feed the dog anything between meals.
How to feed olives?
- Choose plain and unsalted olives.
- A few should be enough.
- Remove seeds and boil them.
- Or, feed canned oils that don’t come with extra salt.
Lychee has phosphorus, potassium, manganese, and vitamin C. All of these nutrients are perfect for bolstering the dog’s immune system along with improving its mood.
If you have a fussy GSD, lychees could cheer it up. However, they have sugars, so just because you want it to feel good, don’t feed it more than two or three.
How to feed Lychee?
- Remove the peel and seed.
- Feed raw or freeze them.
22. Lemon and Lime
Most dogs don’t like the citrus taste but you could still use lemon or lime as an extra source of vitamin C or just to add their taste.
How to feed lemon or lime?
- Remove the rind and seeds.
- Squeeze a segment on dog food.
Mandarins should be treated precisely like lemons and limes. They have high citric acid, so they could upset the dog’s stomach, despite giving it plenty of vitamin C.
How to feed mandarins?
- Remove the rind and seeds.
- Use sparingly.
Another summer gift, the mangoes are all safe except for the pit. Make sure your dog doesn’t eat that or else it may end up in a hospital.
Besides that, the flesh offers vitamins A, E, C, and B6 with alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. These are antioxidants.
How to serve mangoes?
- Remove the pit and peel.
- Cut into bite-sized wedges.
- Freeze for a summer treat.
- Mangoes are sweet, so do not overfeed.
Just as cantaloupe, melons are also a rich source of vitamins, folate, niacin, potassium, and fiber. They also possess a lot of water and therefore, act as a number one choice for dogs suffering from dehydration.
The calories are low as well, so you don’t need to worry about the dog gaining weight.
How to feed melons?
- Remove the rind and seeds.
- Make a puree or cut it into bite-sized portions.
Again, with oranges, too, some dogs do not fare well. Those who like them receive the richness of vitamin C that encourages iron absorption, proper healing of wounds, boosting immunity, and bone health.
Do not force the pet to eat them!
How to feed oranges?
- One of two segments should be enough.
- They shouldn’t have seeds or peels.
High in antioxidants, the nectarines offer great value in reducing inflammation and strengthening the dog’s immune system. They also have a high fiber content to improve their gut health.
How to feed nectarine?
- Remove the seed at all costs because it’s toxic for the dogs.
- Remove the peel if you wish otherwise it’s not toxic.
- A few wedges should be enough as an overdose may lead to higher amounts of sugar in the dog’s body.
Papayas are another healthy GSD treat that you can rely on. With plenty of vitamins such as K, E, C, and A, it strengthens the dog’s immune system, not to mention, giving its health an overall boost.
The story doesn’t end there. Calcium, potassium, and magnesium aid in the healthy growth of German Shepherds.
High fiber content is yet another aspect to look for.
How to feed papayas?
- Papaya seeds have at least some amount of cyanide much like other fruits of the family. Therefore, remove them at all costs.
- Cut the fruit into medium-sized pieces because the fruit is hard enough for the dog to choke on big pieces.
- According to NativePet, give 0.5 grams of papaya per lb of the weight of the German Shepherd’s body.
Peaches do not offer much resistance to the dog’s health. Still, you shouldn’t feed them an enormous amount. They have sugars that when increased could upset their stomachs, leading to diarrhea.
Small bite-sized chunks, only a few days a week would give your dog the much-needed vitamin A for good growth and cell division.
How to feed peaches?
- Remove the seed and if possible, peel away the skin.
- Cut the flesh into small pieces.
- Feed one or two of them to your GSD.
SpoiledHounds says that pawpaws seem like a mixture of mango and bananas. They have an abundance of phytonutrients to aid your dog’s healthy growth.
However, they are also too sugary to be taken well by their stomachs if given in large amounts. The high fiber content also makes up a good case for loose stool.
But not all GSDs show those reactions. Therefore, look out for the signs after the first time your dog eats the fruit. Any allergic reactions such as GI upsets would indicate stopping feeding your dog this fruit.
How to feed pawpaws?
- Remove the seeds and the surrounding flesh.
- You don’t need to remove the peel.
- Cut into small sizes for easy eating.
- Note any reactions of the dog to the fruit.
Loaded with vitamins A, B, and C plus fiber, potassium, and magnesium, persimmons are one of the healthiest snacks. They supply nutrients for growth and repair so that the dog’s overall health remains optimal.
While these nutrients have their benefits, it’s the lycopene that matters the most. According to Healthline, lycopene helps a German Shepherd and other dogs fight some types of cancer.
You could also get them in supplement form, but they say that it’s best to obtain them from pink or red fruits such as tomatoes and persimmons.
How to feed persimmons?
- Remove the hard stalk part and the seeds.
- Make sure that the fruit is ripe.
- Cut in small pieces or squeeze to illicit its juice.
If your dog’s suffering from any sort of heart disease then, feeding it pear will help it because of an abundance of vitamin K.
As the AKC says, this sole nutrient can reduce heart strokes by 50%.
Besides this, there’s copper in pears for producing healthy red blood cells. The fiber also helps in maintaining a good gut. However, it’s the sugar levels in the fruit that should restrict you from feeding it too much to the dog.
How to feed pears?
- Freeze cut and well-sized pear chunks as a perfect summer treat.
- You may want to remove the hard parts to stay away from choking hazards.
- Making a smoothie also goes a long way.
- You can even grate them.
Plums offer potassium to maintain the blood pressure of your dog. There’s also vitamin K with some non-essential minerals to provide the much-needed immunity boost.
However, besides the flesh of the fruit, ASPCA lists the pit, stem, leaves, and roots as major risk factors for cyanide poisoning.
Therefore, avoid that.
How to feed plums?
- Remove the pit and any green leafy part attached to the fruit.
- Freeze small pieces or make a delicious smoothie with plain yogurt.
There are manganese, magnesium, potassium, zin, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, and iron in pineapples.
These make the fruit as one of the most nutritious of all, thus, improving your dog’s digestive, bone, nervous, and dental health.
Avoid syrups and juices and only feed the flesh of the fruit. That, too, in moderation.
How to feed pineapples?
- Some dogs are allergic to pineapples for unknown reasons. See how your German Shepherd responds to the fruit and only then, continue feeding it.
- Focus on feeding the flesh of the fruit only and nothing else.
Pomelo belongs to the citrus family of fruits. So, you could expect plenty of vitamin C from it to improve the dog’s fur, immune system, and worn-out cells.
At the same time, high amounts of vitamin C may kick your German Sheperd’s gastrointestinal health out of the park.
It’s also noteworthy that some dogs despise the citrucy taste of pomelos. So, don’t force them to eat this fruit.
How to feed pomelo?
- Like other citrus fruits, remove the seeds and rind.
- Only feed the flesh as it is or squeezes the juice right in the dog’s mouth.
- One or two slices should be enough.
Raspberries like other kinds are only better in moderation. Otherwise, excessive amounts of fiber may cause stomach upsets.
Nevertheless, vitamin C, manganese, and antioxidants will add benefits to the dog’s health.
How to feed raspberries?
- Avoid jams or anything else other than fresh fruit.
- Remove leafy or green parts.
- A few frozen berries should be enough.
Also called sapodillas, chikoo are safe for dogs, including, German Shepherds. The fruity pulp when ripe enough gives enough vitamin C and A.
They may not be as loaded with nutrients as pineapples or papayas but the high fiber content have been looked upon as beneficial for the gut health of a dog, according to DogTime.
Before feeding these to your GSD, make sure that you’ve removed all the small and big seeds found in the core of the fruit.
How to feed chikoo?
- Remove the peel and the seeds with green parts.
- Either scoop out the flesh or cut wedges.
- Feed the dog only in moderation.
Strawberries have vitamin C to improve the dog’s immunity, fiber for weight management and good bowel movement, and a jagged surface to remove plaque from the teeth and gums.
How to feed strawberries?
- Feed only in moderation as the fruit contains a lot of sugar.
- Make a puree or freeze them for a wholesome treat.
Satsumas belong to the citrus family. Dogs, including German Shepherds can eat satsumas, but only in moderation. The abundance of vitamin C renders benefits but at the same time, it may disturb the stomach.
How to feed satsumas?
- Remove the rind and seeds.
- Squeeze juice from half satsuma.
- Only feed two tablespoons of fresh juice to the dog.
- You can also add it to the water they drink.
Watermelon is a good choice when the German Sheperd is suffering from diarrhea or other GI-related issues.
It has water that treats dehydration, vitamins A, B6, and C to get the immune system going again, potassium for cell health, and overall fighting against diseases.
However, AKC recommends that you remove the rind and the seeds to discourage intestinal blockage.
How to feed watermelon?
- Remove the rind and the seeds.
- Cut into small wedges. Let the dog devour them.
- Or, freeze small pieces to ward off heat in summer.
What Fruits Can German Shepherds Not Eat?
Here are fruits that are toxic not only to your GSD but also other dog breeds. Keep your dog away from them because they could cause serious health hazards.
Avacado is the first fruit that comes to mind when someone asks what fruits can a German Shepherd not eat.
Persin present in them poses a great danger to its well-being. Therefore, experts bar owners from feeding avocados to their dogs.
Persin is toxic and may even lead to death when consumed in large amounts. It has killed cows and horses, mind you.
Cherries may seem small but the smaller pits when eaten in large quantities would surely wreak havoc with your GSDs gastrointestinal health, which may lead to death. The main culprit here is cyanide that’s present in almost all of the pits.
That’s not the only red flag but also the seeds’ ability to obstruct the intestinal lining of a dog.
AKC does not recommend feeding a GSD or any other dog cherries and neither do I.
Current poisoning in dogs has been associated with renal failure. This fruit is so toxic that it leaves the whole urinary system in a debilitating situation.
Therefore, avoid it at all costs.
4. Grapes and Raisins
Much like currants, grapes and raisins, too, have a toxic substance that leads to acute renal failure. According to PetsWebmd, that substance isn’t known yet, but it could be flavonoids, tannins, or simpler sugars.
Calcium oxalates present in star fruit pose a great danger to your German Shepherd’s kidneys.
These form a bond with calcium from the bones. Two things happen when this extradition reaches enormous levels – one, calcium deficiency, and two, settlement of that calcium in the kidneys of the dog, thus, leading to renal failure.
6. Tomatoes (unripe)
Unripe tomatoes have solanine and tomatine that are toxic to a dog’s health, be it a GSD, according to AKC.
Symptoms of tomatine poisoning include shivering, loss of coordination and appetite, seizures, uncalled-for tremors, pain and lethargy, and arrhythmia.
Figs have ficin that induces acute allergic reactions such as watery eyes and runny noses.
An overdose of the chemical could lead to an ever-adverse allergic reaction, targeting places such as the nose, ears, skin, and eyes.
However, these symptoms and allergies depend on the individual reaction of a dog’s body to ficin.
Much like other citrus fruits, an overdose of vitamin C from this one could cause citrus acid poisoning.
According to Purina, that could lead to an upset stomach, causing GI symptoms such as loose stool, vomiting, and nausea.
Why Are Fruits Good for Dogs? Are They Necessary At All?
AKC says that dogs are omnivorous. They do not need a daily inclusion of fruits in their diet to call it balanced.
One of the reasons is that their food, the kibble, already has enough nutrients to fulfill their daily requirements.
Still, occasionally or once in a while, feeding fruits could inject all the necessary nutrients that the dog may be missing.
Besides they could prove to be a good alternative to all the fatty treats available in the market, according to Trupanion.
Some fruits have lesser calories with the added benefits of fiber and that’s the reason why they are considered a healthy alternative.
Fruits Add Non-Essential Nutrients
From vitamins to other phytonutrients such as calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus, fruits add all the essential and non-essential nutrients that bolster a dog’s immune system.
Fruits Have Fiber
Fiber does not get absorbed or assimilated by a dog’s digestive system. They instead help it toughen up the food for easy movement along the GI tract. German Shepherds that are suffering from indigestion could benefit from that.
Fruits For Hydration
Certain fruits such as watermelons and melons have more water per weight than any other fruit. GSDs suffering from dehydration as a result of diarrhea or vomiting when eating such fruits, regain their strength.
Fruits Fight Cancers
Bilberries in this list and persimmons are some of the kinds of fruits that have a history of fighting cancers. The main fighting ingredient is lycopene.
Fruits Battle Heat
Besides all the health benefits, frozen fruits help a dog stay cool. German Shepherds are double-coated dogs. Although they know how to cool off, the frozen fruits may provide some additional health.
What To Do If The German Shepherd Eats Toxic Fruits?
Leaving out toxic fruits such as those listed above proves to be an opportunity for the dog to suffer great consequences of eating them unsupervised. Unlike cats, dogs aren’t very choosy, and they may nibble on them, not thinking about what could happen to them.
You may not know if yours have eaten a toxic fruit until it starts developing symptoms.
The general symptoms of fruit poisoning include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and dehydration. However, certain fruits induce symptoms that lead to acute renal failure and even death.
Pits And Seeds May Contain Cyanide
The seeds and pits of certain fruits such as apples and plums contain cyanide. Eating these parts of the fruit in higher amounts may cause cyanide poisoning.
The symptoms include excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and muscle spasms. German Shepherds or any other dog may die in 45 minutes, according to MerckVetManual.
Calcium Oxalates Cause Renal Failures
Fruits such as starfruit have calcium oxalates that extract calcium from the bloodstream and the bones.
An accumulation of that calcium in the kidneys leads to the creation of kidney stones.
Renal failure in serious cases occurs because the kidneys absorb some of the calcium and oxalate compounds.
Even small amounts could produce these effects, therefore, keep it away from the dogs at all costs.
Tomatine and Solanine Are Toxic
Young and green tomatoes contain these substances as a natural defense. They are toxic to a dog’s digestive system.
You may want to keep them away because if your GSD eats even a single unripe tomato, it could end up in a hospital.
These are some of the downsides of eating toxic fruits. Here’s what you should do when the dog eats one of the toxic ones.
Steps To Take After Your GSD Shows Toxicity Symptoms
You may not follow the steps order-wise and call a vet straight up because nothing matters more than your dog’s health.
Step 1: Check if the dog has eaten the toxic fruit or not by examining the stocks you left open.
Step 2: Comfort the poor soul by brushing it. It will also remove all the unwanted pieces from its coat and save it from further distress if it licks the fur.
Step 3: Feed it plenty of water.
Step 4: Call up the vet or take the dog to the emergency.
What Fruits Can German Shepherds Eat – Conclusion
German Shepherds can eat a variety of fruits as listed above. However, know that they should only be fed occasionally.
Making them a part of their daily diet may cause diabetes or weight gain because dogs cannot tolerate large amounts of sugar.
Also, there are some toxic fruits to keep the pooch away from because eating them could lead to poisoning, toxicity, and even death in some cases.