The German Shepherd is a herding dog famous for his devotion, courage and guarding abilities. This dog works as a service dog with the police and military. His nature makes him an excellent search and rescue dog, and guide dog for the blind. Many families all over the world continue to enjoy his companionship as a family pet.
Even though the German Shepherd has a wolf-like primitive appearance, they developed into a modern breed in 1899. He has excellent herding abilities working with sheep.
General Characteristic List.
|Weight Range:||Male and Female: 75 to 95 lbs|
|Height at Withers:||Male: 25 inches
Female: 23 inches
|Unique Features:||Naturally upright ears|
|Exercise Requirements:||40 minutes per day|
|Life Expectancy:||10 to 12 years|
|The tendency to Drool:||Low|
|The tendency to Snore:||Low|
|The tendency to Dig:||Low|
|Bred For:||Herding, Guard dog|
|Coat Characteristics:||Double coat|
|Coat Colours:||Most colours, other than white|
|Overall, Grooming Needs:||Moderate|
German Shepherd– Personality.
German Shepherds are reliable and loyal. These dogs can be aloof, reserved and suspicious around strangers. They don’t make friends quickly but when they do are approachable and easy-going. Shepherds can be domineering.
These dogs are popular as watchdogs because of their strength and protective nature over their homes and families. They need companionship and cannot be left alone for long periods. They can become frustrated and bored and develop unwanted behaviour like barking and chewing.
German Shepherds in the home.
This dog breed is highly energetic and needs to burn it off with regular vigorous exercise. This includes physical activity like jogging or playing in the dog park. They also require mental stimulation which can be provided by agility exercises and interactive dog toys.
German Shepherds need to be well trained and exposed to children from when they are puppies. Their protective, trustworthy and gentle nature makes them dependable babysitters. Shepherds are large dogs and might accidentally bump into smaller children.
These dogs can live peacefully in a multi-pet home with proper socialization. An adult German Shepherd introduced to such a home may be aggressive towards other dogs or cats. A professional dog trainer can help the dog adjust to the new household.
German Shepherds are biddable and highly intelligent. These athletic dogs are versatile. They have a legendary work ethic and thrive when they are assigned tasks to do. Breeding plays a role in how trainable a Shepherd is. It German-bred Shepherds have are more energetic and driven, unlike their American bred counterparts.
If this dog is poorly bred, they can be nervous and easily upset. Inadequate training and socialization can make a German Shepherd display aggressive behaviour.
Like all dog breeds, German Shepherds are genetically predisposed to specific health conditions. These include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, bloat, skin disease, cataracts and pancreatic disease. Some German Shepherds might develop degenerative myelopathy, a progressive spinal cord disease.