German Shepherds are working dogs that find their origins in Germany.
They have a distinct personality and are known to be trainable, intelligent, and obedient dogs. This courageous and devoted breed is the second most-registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
German Shepherds are intimidating to look at but, are gentle and faithful.
In this article, I’ll share a few facts about the German Shepherd dog with you.
So, let’s get started!
Is the German Shepherd the RIGHT Companion for You?
In this section of the article, I will help you determine whether or not the German Shepherd is the right dog for you.
Let’s take a look at the facts!
German Shepherd is the RIGHT Choice for You If…
You want an athletic, strong, and natural-looking
You want a dog that likes to be challenged and loves exercise
You’re looking for a dog that looks stern and imposing, making it an effective deterrent
You want a dog that is loyal, intelligent, and versatile
Want a dog that trains well
German Shepherd is NOT the Right Choice for You If…
Don’t have the time to search for a stable and well-tempered German Shepherd
Don’t have the time to take your dog out for a walk on a regular basis
Won’t be able to socialize your doggy carefully
Aren’t looking for a dog that gets destructive when bored or not exercised
Don’t want a dog that is aggressive towards other dogs
Don’t want to deal with the shedding
Aren’t willing to deal with legal liabilities (future breed bans, public perception, increased chance of lawsuits, insurance problems)
Don’t want to deal with health problems
About the German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherd is the kind of dog that doesn’t make a lot of friends but, with the friends that he has, he’s extremely loyal. This dog is aloof but isn’t normally very aggressive.
This dog is known to be strong as well as protective and makes an excellent watchdog with his strong and sturdy looks, and stern face.
German Shepherds are highly intelligent dogs that can be trained to do almost anything---they serve as police dogs, companions, tracking people and explosives, etc.
They are quite impatient and can’t be on their own for a long time. In fact, German Shepherds are known to develop destructive behaviors such as chewing, digging holes, etc. when left alone for a long time.
They are active dogs and need to be exercised.
German Shepherds like to go on long walks, play games such as ‘fetch,’ go to the dog park, go hiking, etc.
Puppies need to be socialized early on in life to become well-rounded adults. Ideally, you should take your GSD to puppy kindergarten and expose him to various environments.
You shouldn’t get yourself a German Shepherd Dog if you stay away from home for long periods of time as this breed is prone to anxiety as well as boredom. They do well in families where someone’s home at all times.
In fact, German Shepherds are prone to separation anxiety!
These dogs aren’t well-suited for small apartments as they like to explore and be active.
Obedience training is something that you need to work on since puppyhood. From the day that you bring your dog home, you should begin the training process.
Contrary to popular belief, German Shepherds make good family dogs and are amazing with kids. In fact, they’re even protective of them!
German Shepherd: Health Facts
The average lifespan of a German Shepherd Dog ranges between 9 - 13 years.
Following are some diseases this breed is prone to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Haemophilia in male dogs
- Following are some other health issues this breed is prone to:
- Pituitary Dwarfism
- Degenerative Myelopathy or CDRM - DNA test available
- Expcrine Pancreatic insufficiency
- Anal Furunculosis
- Bloat/Gastric Torsion
- Raisin Toxicity
- Immune Mediated health issues that affect a dog's skin and/or bowels
Other German Shepherd Facts:
This breed is also recognised by other names. Those names include:
- German Shepherd Dog (GSD)
- Deutscher Schäferhund
- Alsatian Wolf Dog
- Berger Allemand
Common colors of the German Shepherd are:
- black and tan
- red and black
- black and silver
- liver (brown)
German Shepherd coats:
- dense and thick
- medium thick
- thick and fluffy
- furry around their ears, chest, tail, or on the backs of their legs
German Shepherd Lifespan:
The average German Shepherd will live between 11-13 years. That is on average. There are cases where they can live over 15 years old.
Final Words About The German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is the 7th most popular breed in the United Kingdom and the 2nd most popular in the United States.
German Shepherds are known to be affectionate, loving, loyal, kind, and protective one-master dogs. They will do anything for you!