German Shepherd Breed Information

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German Shepherd

The German Shepherd, also called the Alsatian, is a gorgeous, intelligent, active breed. They are typically black and tan (though white and black dogs also exist), and may be long or short haired.  Popular with the military and police for their intelligence and trainability, the German Shepherd will wow you with their physical and mental abilities. Obedience classes are very useful for German shepherds, teaching them good manners and social skills. They are most comfortable living in larger homes, with someone who will give them plenty of exercise. They can get on well with children and could be a great choice for a family pet – especially if you want to encourage your kids to spend more time outdoors!  

German Shepherd breed attributes

Groups

Groups

Herding, AKC Herding

Recognition

Recognition

ACA, ACR, AKC, ANKC, APRI, CKC, CKC, DRA, FCI, GSDCA, KCGB, NAPR, NKC, NZKC, UKC

Height

Height

Males 24 – 26 inches (60 – 65 cm),
Females 22 – 24 inches (55 – 60 cm)

Weight

Weight

77 – 85 pounds (35 – 40 kg)

Life expectancy

Life expectancy

Around 13 years

Size

Size

Large

About German Shepherd breed

Description

When you first glance at a German Shepherd you will notice a strong, well-muscled animal that is alert and full of life and energy. The head should look noble and strong with coarseness while being in proportion with the body. German Shepherds have this keen expression while looking both intelligent and composed which they are. They were bred with the purpose of work and herding, which gives them all that alertness and energy. The eyes are of medium size and almond shaped, while the colour should be as dark as possible. The ears should be pointed moderately and proportionate to the skull while opening towards the front. Their muzzle should be long and strong in nature while their nose should be black in colour. The jaws should also be strong in nature. German Shepherd tails are absolutely gorgeous. They should be very bushy and long and while at rest the tail should curve and form the shape of a sabre sword.

The litter size of German Shepherds can range anywhere between 6-10 puppies per litter.

Origin

In 1889 Captain Max von Stephanitz (father of the breed) started the process to standardize the breed of German Shepherds. There was a dog show in Karlsruhe, Germany where a specific dog caught the eye of the Captain. It was a medium-sized yellow and gray wolf like dog by the name of Hektor Linksrhein and the Captain had to have him! So he bought the dog, renamed him Horand von Grafrath and registered him to become the first German Shepherd.

Look

German Shepherds can vary in colours but strong rich colours are the most desired. Black and black saddle with tan, all black all grey, bi-colours: predominantly black or may have tan or gold marking on its head.

A German Shepherd will have a double coat which consists of an outer and inner coat while medium in length. The outer coat will be very dense with straight hair. There should also be a very thick undercoat. The coat will also be weather-resistant being that it was originally bred to be a herd or work dog.

Health

There are few health problems that may arise with German Shepherds. Before you decide to buy a German Shepherd, you should consider the followning risk factors that may arise with your New Doggy. Bloat

Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)
Elbow dysplasia
Epilepsy
With this in mind, if you are truly adamant about owning a German Shepherd, we fully believe that you will be extremely satisfied with your New Doggy.

Learning

Training your NEW DOOGY German Shepherd will be a fun and exciting experience for you and your dog. German Shepherds are extremely quick learners and are very intelligent animals, as they are used widely in the military and in police forces around the world. Crate training will be your best bet to start the training. Also, obedience classes are a great way to get your New Doggy trained quickly and properly but of course training can be done at home too.

Temperament

German Shepherds are extremely loyal animals, self-assured, courageous and steady of nerve. They should never be shy, nervous or overly aggressive.

Living with

A German Shepherd can live in a large apartment but a house would be better suited for this large dog. They are quite active their entire life so they need room to be able to have some fun and keep themselves busy.

As with any dogs, German Shepherds should be taken on daily walks. These walks help with anxiety of the animal, while allowning it to get the necessary exercise it needs. German Shepherds are great family dogs and love to be around the whole family. Since they are this way, it is a great opportunity for your NEW DOOGY and the family to get some quality time together outside and having some fun!