Thinking about purchasing an German Shepherd? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the German Shepherd breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good German Shepherd owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the German Shepherd and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an German Shepherd Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new German Shepherd and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
German Shepherd Profile
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 Schäferhund, German Shepherd
Type: Herding Dog
are 24 - 26 inches; Females are 22 - 24 inches.
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.
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.
German Shepherd 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 and
German Shepherd 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:
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