German Shepherd Dog
Well-balanced, substantial and muscular, his a body is slightly longer than its height. Oddly enough, he has a low pain tolerance and a very sensitive stomach.
Personality and Traits:The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most popular dogs in the United States. That being said, his popularity has led to some indiscriminate breeding.
What this means, is that without due diligence, you may unknowingly acquire a dog that does not live up to the wonderful qualities usually associated with this breed.
Dogs from this breed that get a bad wrap, have usually been the result of bad breeding.
Institutions that train this dog for specific duties, generally obtain their dogs from Germany where breeding standards
have been more consistently maintained. Fortunately, responsible breeders here in the United
States are working toward restoring the best qualities of the line.
Given a well-bred dog, you may expect to enjoy a very smart companion who can learn almost anything, as he has ably demonstrated to the world. However, he is aware of his power and potential and needs a firm, but not harsh, hand to lead him.
As a family companion, he is devoted, loyal and courageous. He very much enjoys close ties to his family and is said to have human-like intelligence.
German Shepherds are athletic and do very well in the competitive arena showing excellence in agility,
flyball, tracking and also in obedience.
Appearance, Coat and Grooming:Height: 22-26inches
Ideal standard weight: 75-85 pounds
Coat colors: Most rich colors are preferred. Often seen are Black and Tan, Light Gray, Gold, and Sable. White is disqualified in the standard.
The double coat is mostly seen in a medium length, with the outer coat being dense, harsh and straight, but some are seen in longer wavier coats. Hair around the head, paws and legs is short, with thicker and longer hair around the neck.
This breed does shed a lot year-round in addition to the periods of seasonal shedding when it is really heavy. Owners have found an
to be a "must have" tool in their grooming arsenal. This, used along with a FURminator, will keep the inner and outer coat shedding well-managed.
For general coat maintenance owners will also want to have a comb, some brushes such as Pin, Bristle and Slicker types, plus a pair of Round Tip Shears for touch-up trimming.
Bathing only needs to be done as necessary, but as German Shepherds are prone to skin allergies, it's best to select a hypoallergenic shampoo without soap such as this one: Vet Solutions Aloe and Oatmeal Shampoo, to prevent skin problems and loss of protective natural oils.
If the coat is kept in good condition, maintenance doesn't have to take up too much time.
Activity Level:Regular daily walks are the name of the game for the German Shepherd dog. His active mind enjoys both mental and physical challenges and outlets.
He will do well and make you proud if trained in competitive sports such as flyball and agility.
This loyal dog loves to be in close contact with his human family pack and does not do well if left outside without companionship and activity.
Space Needs:Ideally, this breed needs a securely fenced yard to exercise freely in addition to being taken out. He does not bark without good cause, so apartment living can be sufficient if regular outings and walks are provided.
Children:The German Shepherd Dog has a good reputation with children in a home where he has been well-socialized and trained by his master from an early age. Due to his size, better with well-behaved older children.
The best policy to follow, no matter what the breed
of dog, is to always have an adult supervise activities between pets and children.
Elderly:Due to their success as a service dog, a trained dog of this breed can make an excellent companion and watchdog for a not too frail elderly person, providing the basic exercise requirements for good health can be arranged.
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This breed is prone to many health problems - digestive problems being high on the list - and should be fed a high quality nutritious diet to provide the best support to their immune system.
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