|Country of Origin||Germany|
|Breed Type||Watchdog, Guard Dog|
|Coat||Medium to Long double coat, wiry, rough or smooth|
|Color||Black, Golden, Brown, Tan|
|Height||1feet 10 inches to 2 feet 2 inches|
|Weight||75 to 95 pounds|
|With other Dogs||Moderate|
|Good for children||Excellent|
|As family Pet||Good|
|For first-time owners||Medium|
|Behavioral Traits||Intelligent, working dog|
|Life Span||10-14 years|
|Brushing||Twice a week|
|Ideal Brushes||Comb, Slicker Brush|
|Tolerant to Aloneness||Moderate (can suffer separation anxiety)|
|Tolerance to Heat||Low to moderate|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to high|
|A Roamer||Not Much|
|Good for Apartment Dwelling||Low to Moderate|
|Exercise Needs||Very High|
|Trainability||Easy to train|
|Tendency to Obese||No|
|Major Health problems||Hip Dysplasia, Abdomen Swelling|
|Feeding||3 cups dry dog food|
German Shepherd comes from the family of herding dogs. In 1800s Captain Max von Stephanitz crossed different breeds from central and northern districts of Germany. The officer spent thirty-five years refining and promoting this breed, and now it is the most preferred dog for military and police units over the world. It became famous in the USA in the early 1900s and became very popular.
German Shepherd is one of the recognized breeds in America. It is an intelligent and working dog. It is known for its devotion and loyalty towards its master,it is also called as “one man” breed as they show serious fidelity towards its owner. They are brilliant and excel in everything they are trained. They are ideal watchdogs and inform their owner if they see any suspicious activity inside its territory. It loves to be with its owner. Hence, it is advisable to raise them in the household and also expose them to family activities.
Being an athletic breed, it requires heavy exercise for mental and physical stimulation. Without adequate training, they can develop destructive behaviors. Long walks with sufficient amount of play time will keep it contended.
It has a medium length double layer coat which is easy to maintain. Brushing its coat twice a week will remove all the dirt and keep their skin shiny and clean. During shedding time, it is advisable to brush frequently it will take out the loose hairs from the coat. Trim their nails when they overgrow and also clean their ears at regular intervals to prevent ear infection.
Most of the pets are healthy, but few suffer from significant health problems that can be life-threatening, and owners must learn the symptoms to treat them at an early stage.
- Elbow and Hip Dysplasia
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Abdomen Swelling
- Hip Evaluation
- Complete Body Checkup
- Blood Tests
However, random Veterinarian visit will keep the pet happy.
Early training is crucial for this pet with proper socialization and obedience training. It is brilliant and also an exceptional worker. Training sessions with treats and praises will be more effective.
High Quality food is ideal for this energetic breed. Three cups of dry dog food or homemade food rich in protein and nutrients will keep up with its energy level. Divide the meals into two halves for better digestion.