German Shepherd Dog

Also Called: Alsatian GSD

German Shepherd Dog
Friendliness High
Kid Friendly High
Pet Friendly High
Exercise Needs Significant
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Trainability Average
Intelligence High
Tendency To Bark Low
Amount Of Shedding High

The German Shepherd is a strong, athletic, and loyal breed of medium to large size that is well-known for its intelligence and protection abilities.

Breed Overview

  • Group: Herding Dog
  • Life Span: 10-14 years
  • Height: Medium to Large
  • Weight: 30-90lbs
  • Coat: Medium-Long
  • Coat Colors: Black,Gray,Tan
  • Litter Size: 4-8
  • Family: Herding Dog
  • Hypoallergenic: false
  • Recognition: AKC, KC, FCI
  • Size: Medium to Large

Training and Care

German Shepherds require both mental and physical stimulation for optimum health. Regular activity such as moderately vigorous walks and jogs ensure they stay fit and healthy. They do best when trained with positive reinforcement methods, such as food rewards and praise.

Diet and Nutrition

The German Shepherd should be fed a high-quality diet with plenty of protein and other essential nutrients. Dry food formulas are suitable for this breed, so long as you choose a formula that is appropriate for their size and age. Treats should also be kept in moderation.

Health Problems

German Shepherds can be prone to certain health problems, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, allergies, and panosteitis. They should also receive regular checkups and screenings to ensure they remain healthy and to catch any potential illnesses early.

Breed History

The German Shepherd's roots can be traced back to 19th century Germany, where the breed was developed from various European herding breeds with the goal of creating an intelligent and versatile working dog. The German shepherd is now a popular breed around the world due to its intelligence, loyalty, and protective nature.

Where to Buy or Adopt

German Shepherds can be found in pet stores, from breeders and through adoption from rescue organizations. Prices can range drastically, with purebred puppies from breeders typically starting at around $500 and adoption fees ranging from $50-300 depending on age and location.

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