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Description: The German Shepherd Dog is a strong, agile, well-muscled dog, alert and full of life. They are extremely intelligent and make a wonderful companion, show or obedience dog. The German Shepherd is exceptionally trainable and works well as a police, guide, or search and rescue dog. German Shepherds are one breed that becomes truly bonded to their family and may suffer from separation anxiety when apart from their people. They are lively, intelligent and very strong. They are excellent in agility and obedience tests. They excel in serving their masters, and they are continually responsive. Well-mannered German Shepherds should be calm, consistent in attitude, obedient and alert. Some lines of of the Alsatian have become nervous and aggressive due to poor breeding tactics and the popularity of the breed. Overall and generally though, the German Shepherd is an ideal breed. They are large and alert enough to protect, and are loving and friendly towards friends and family. Knowledgeable training and handling are required, however, due to the German Shepherd's natural instinct to protect their owners. Alsatians are large, powerful dogs that are lean enough to have great agility. They have a handsome look, with prick ears and an evenly dispersed weight. They have perpendicular hocks when they stand, rather than angled, which makes them look as if they are posing for a photo. Some have long hair and some have short, and either can be black, gray, tan, gold or white, although whites and golds are not accepted by some associations. German Shepherds make an ideal pet--fun, friendly, and desiring to serve.
Other Names: Alsatian, Deutscher Schńferhund, German Shepherd
Type: Herding Dog
black or grey; black saddle with tan or gold to light grey markings; grey
with lighter or brown markings (sables). Blues, livers, albinos and whites
highly undesirable, although white is recognized by the CKC.
German Shepherd Dogs are intelligent, responsive, and with solid temperament.
They should have consistent behavior, be calm and without aggression. They
are friendly towards family, and a little reserved with strangers, although
they do warm up to them quickly once they perceive to be friendly. They are
protective and good guard dogs as well as watch dogs. They are alert, full
of life and can be playful. They have proven their trainability in an innumerable
amount of ways. They are reliable, good with children, and is said to have
the intelligence of a 7 year old child!
Watch-dog: Very High.
German Shepherds are very aware of their surroundings, and may occasionally
even perceive a threat where it looks like there is, but may be none.
Care and Training:
German Shepherds require daily brushing and bathing occasionally. They should
receive long, daily walks. The German Shepherd needs a large open yard as
well. Obedience training will help improve their social skills. German Shepherds
should be given a job to do, big or small. They excel in agility and obedience.
Activity: High. Inside
Health Issues: This breed is usually quite hardy. They do have the potential to develop hip dysplasia (abnormal development of hip joints), elbow dysplasia, skin disease, congenital heart disease, Von Willebrand's disease (high bleeding tendency), exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, epilepsy, nervous condition, panosteitis (an inflammation of long bones in the legs), and bloat (gastric torsion; twisted stomach). Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but German Shepherds can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests. German Shepherd Dogs have been so popular over the years that people sometimes inbreed them and do not check family lines simply to make a profit on puppies. Therefore, certain lines of German Shepherds are sometimes squirrelly, nervous, fearful, timid, or aggressive when they shouldn't be. Be sure to check the Dam and Sire's pedigree and watch for these symptoms in the parents when choosing a German Shepherd puppy.
Life Span: 10 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
German Shepherd Dog
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