German Shepherd

German Shepherds are known for being fierce dogs, but they are also very friendly and have a very calm, aloof temperament. German Shepherds are always ready to perform a task in an instant. They will readily protect the family, do a task or just play with the family. German Shepherds make excellent guard dogs, police dogs, herders or even seeing-eye dogs. German Shepherds are very intelligent dogs with a strong work ethic and a thirst for a good challenge..


German Shepherds are quite regal looking, they are well proportioned and have a very commanding presence. They are slightly longer than they are tall, they are very solid and lean dogs. These dogs have a forehead that is slightly convex, a long snout and pointed ears. German Shepherds have almond shaped eyes that are set in their heads. They have muscular, sturdy shoulders and legs and a long bushy tails. Their colouration can be black and tan, sable or just black, they also come in blue and white. The German Shepherd can come in three versions: shorthaired medium-haired and longhaired.

What They Are Like to Live With

You shouldn’t leave these dogs alone for too long as German Shepherds love to be the centre of attention and being involved with the family. German Shepherds are extremely protective of their home and family, but they get along with other pets and children. They will not welcome strangers and may bark protectively or be a bit standoffish. German Shepherds are the perfect guard dogs and are very loyal and loving.

German Shepherds are known for having excellent instincts and sharp minds. You will need to exercise these dogs regularly as they require lots of activity and attention. If you want to keep them happy, try tracking, obedience and agility games or any task-oriented activity for that matter! If you don’t stimulate this dog enough, they may resort to chewing furniture, clothes, digging up garden or any kind of mischief.

Things You Should Know

German Shepherds are renowned for their loyal, protective and eager nature. They have many amiable qualities other than these. If you are thinking about getting a German Shepherd you should know that they need a firm authority to earn this dog’s respect. Firm but gentle is the key! Remember that they will not respond well to anger. Positive reinforcement and a firm hand will keep this dog loyal and respectful.
Shepherds don’t need to be groomed very often, but unfortunately they tend to shed quite a lot. You should brush them daily, it is best to do this outside to avoid getting hair everywhere. If you are living in an apartment and want one of these dogs, you must be prepared to exercise them every day and even provide vigorous exercise to keep him happy and healthy.
Some common health problems include hip and elbow dysplasia, skin allergies and pancreas deficiencies. They will normally live up to 12 years.

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