German Shepherd Dog

Quick facts

German Shepherd Dog AKC Group: Herding
Height: Male: 24-26 Inches, Female: 22-24 Inches
Weight: 75 to 95 pounds
Colors: Most Colors, Other than White, are Permissible
AKC recognized in: 1908

The German Shepherd is probably the most widely recognized breed of dog there is. From all the media exposure (Remember Rin Tin Tin?) and wide variety of tasks the German Shepherd has been used for, everyone has had occasion to see this canine breed close up.

The average weight of a German Shepherd is 75-95 pounds. They are rather large dogs but can be trained to be friendly towards children and other pets. In fact, German Shepherds can be trained to do or behave just about any way you wish them to.

German Shepherd's are generally black and tan, black and silver, black and cream or solid black. There are also differing coat types such as long hair and rough coat types. German Shepherds do shed continually so it is important to remember this if you have allergies to dog hair.

German Shepherds are extremely popular and have been used as pets, herder, guard dogs and guide dogs for hundreds of years.

Temperament

German Shepherd Dog Summary
Affection three paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training five paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children two paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements two paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness two paws
Protection Ability five paws
Watchdog Ability five paws

German Shepherds are energetic, adaptable, intelligent and loyal. They will do anything to protect their owner. They are one of the most loyal dogs in the world.

To ensure your German Shepherd is obedient and doesn't become out of control it is important for him to undergo obedience training at a young age. They learn quickly and this training will benefit him for life.

German Shepherds require a lot of exercise so suit an owner who has the time and energy to provide this.

Owning a German Shepherd is highly rewarding and a lot of fun!

Health and Exercise

German Shepherds have an average life span of 13 years. In general, they will enjoy an active and healthy life, but some are prone to certain hereditary illnesses/diseases, including:

  • Von Willebrands Disease - a blood disorder characterized by a deficiency in Von Willebrands factor. This can cause serious problems, including hemorrhaging or excessive bleeding. This is an inherited condition, so close inspection of the breeder is a must.
  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.
  • Gastric dilation-volvulus, or bloat - this is a life-threatening condition where the stomach becomes distended with gas or air, and then twists. This can happen with all deep chested dogs, especially if they eat their meal rapidly or drink large volumns of water. If this happens, it is extremely important that you get your German Shepherd to a vet immediately.

German Shepherds require a large amount of physical and mental exercise. They love strenuous activity, especially if it is combined with some kind of training experience. If not exercised regularly and sufficiently, the German Shepherd has a tendency to become restless and destructive.

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