At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 65 - 95 lbs.

Height: 22" - 26"

Life Span: 11 - 13 years

German Shepherd

Also know as: Alsatian, Deutscher Schaferhund

Group: Herding

Origin: Germany

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: The German Shepherd was developed in the early 1900s as a herding dog. However, it was bred to have versatility and quickly became popular as guard dogs, police dogs, etc. Capt. Max von Stephanitz registered his dog, Horan, as the first German Shepherd in 1899.

Temperament / Behavior
If well-bred and trained, the German Shepherd is a playful, sociable breed that gets along well with children. The breed has a strong ability to focus and responds well to training. However, German Shepherds must be socialized early. It is an extremely loyal, protective breed that will not retreat if its family is threatened. This breed tends to be wary of strangers.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Be sure to obtain your German Shepherd from a reputable breeder to avoid behavioral and health problems. Common breed-related problems: Hip or elbow dysplasia; instractable diarrhea; bloat; pannus; panosteitis; von Willebrand's disease

Special Needs
Exercise: The German Shepherd is an active breed that needs long play sessions or walking every day in order to avoid boredom, depression and behavioral problems. If exercised properly, this breed will adapt to living in almost any environment.

Grooming: The German Shepherd sheds continuously and requires daily grooming.


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