German Shepherds are smart, loyal, and hard working. They also make great companions and can fit in well with a family. Of course, owning a dog is a real responsibility and the German Shepherd comes with his own unique needs.
Learn more about this exceptional breed in this guide so you can make sure it’s the right dog for you and you are ready to take on the responsibility.
German Shepherds are a large breed that will weigh somewhere between 75 and 95 pounds by the time they are full grown. They usually grow to somewhere around 2 feet tall at the shoulders by the time they reach adulthood.
They have a sleek and muscular build that’s full of power and speed. His fur is medium length and very thick. There is a wide variety of coloration but the most common is black on his back, top of the tail, and black markings on the snout and face, tan/golden markings along the legs and neck, and white or grey along the chest, stomach and bottom of the tail.
German Shepherds were originally bred to be herding dogs (hence the name “shepherd”). However, they are now more often thought of as guard dogs. Whatever your thoughts on a German Shepherd are, they are very gentle and loving dog with their family.
With new people and animals, they tend to be much more reserved and cautious as they try to assess whether or not the new face poses a threat. They will not be quick to aggression, however, unless they perceive an actual threat.
And once your German Shepherd knows he can trust you, he will become one of the most loyal friends you’ve ever had.
This also an extremely smart breed that’s eager to serve and please their family. But in return, he needs plenty of attention and companionship so that he feels loved and appreciated.
This is a strong, healthy breed but, of course, it’s not completely free from health risks. Some of the more common problems you’ll be likely to find in a German Shepherd include:
Caring for a German Shepherd is an important responsibility. Here are the basic guidelines for how to provide him with a happy and healthy life:
German Shepherds are both smart and eager to learn, making it one of the easiest breeds to train. So focus on making training sessions fun and rewarding experiences for both of you. Positive reinforcement is highly effective because they already want to learn how to please you.
While they do need a lot of exercise and attention, we feel the reward of having this loyal and loving friend with you is well worth the responsibilities. Plus, their need for exercise is a great way to encourage you to be more active. And giving your dog plenty of attention and affection is a great bonding experience.
This is definitely one of the best breeds you will find. It’s no surprise they are such a popular breed in the United States. But because of their popularity, it’s very important to get yours from a rescue shelter or thoroughly vet your breeder before you agree to buy a German Shepherd from them.