Meet The German Shepherd: Dog Breed Information & Guide.

You'll never be frightened of the dark again when you have a German Shepherd watching your back.

German Shepherds Belong To The Herding Group:

 They Are Devoted, Confident, Versatile, Intelligent

“ A well bred shepherd is a combination of power, nobility and agility. Admirers feel this breed’s regal carriage gives them ‘the look of eagles.’  German Shepherds are undemanding, yet ready to participate in any activity when invited. Owners say ‘ I can look in my Shepherd’s eye and know he will die for me’. “

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Temperament: One of the reasons why German Shepherds remain so popular, both as domestic pets and working dogs is because of their great intelligence and versatility. These dogs have a deserved reputation for being fearless, fiercely loyal and protective when it comes to their family. Although German Shepherds are extremely eager to please with regards to training,  they are a naturally dominant breed and are perhaps not so well suited to inexperienced or hesitant dog owners.

Protection:  The German Shepherd is a natural guardian and quite capable of defending your family and home with extreme prejudice if required.  Although they are inclined to be aloof and wary towards strangers, they will take their cue from their owner. Gauging your reactions and demeanour towards others as to how they should behave. This breed does not need any special training to be protective, but they must be properly trained and socialized in order to ensure they don’t act out of place or aggressively when the situation doesn’t demand it .

Other Animals: Generally Tolerant towards other animals, but  can become aggressive or domineering towards other dogs. This is especially the case between male dogs.

German Shepherds are strong and athletic, and they do require good regular  exercise. A large yard for running or daily walks with their owner will keep them healthy and strong. Because of their intelligence and versatility they love a challenge. German Shepherds will do well with most activities, but they excel at agility work, tracking and obedience training.

 

german shepherd

Despite their  fearsome reputation; these dogs  take to family life surprisingly well. German Shepherds are very good with children, not  just because of their protective nature but they are generally very  affectionate and playful towards them.  It is important to stress however that this affinity towards children in their family group applies only to those German Shepherds that have been properly trained and very well socialized. Any interactions between children and dogs should always be supervised by an adult.

german shepherdThis breed does have some serious health concerns. They are prone to hip dysplasia.  Although this problem is made worse through indiscriminate breeding programs hip dysplasia can affect any . They are also susecpetible to Eczema and eye problems.  As well as being more vulnerable to health problems, poorly bred German Shepherds may also be prone to aggression. Because of this,  You should know what to look for in a reputable breeder and understand  the importance of adequate dog medical insurance .

A good Diet is an important part of any dog’s health and these guys are no exception. Learn more about choosing the best food for your German Shepherd.

german shepherd Grooming: When it comes to grooming, these dogs need a lot of brushing and then they need some more ! During their heavy seasonal shed you will need to use a shedding blade or rake, and brush them outdoors.

Training: This is a highly intelligent breed. This intelligence coupled with an innate work ethic makes them one of the easiest dog breeds to train.

Training should begin as early as possible to ensure they reach their maximum potential. Firm consistency, praise and positive reinforcement are key to training the German Shepherd Dog.

This is because they have a naturally dominant personality. Firm does not mean harsh however. Harsh practices during training will only serve to make German Shepherds  more stubborn or wilful. These dogs  are also quick to house train- especially if you crate train them. Check out our top tips for potty training your German Shepherd Puppy

 

german shepherdExperienced and considerate, with plenty of energy for walk,s training and chase games.  Appreciative of a close bond between owner and dog, willing and able to provide the appropriate training and socialization they will need to grow into a great dog. Not Recommended for timid or inexperienced owners, ‘robotic’ obedience or  being left alone for long periods,  

If you would love to own a German Shepherd please do your research. Be certain you  are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, you can visit The official breed club.

For a detailed and more in-depth look at the German Shepherd Breed, you might like to take a look at this excellent guide: ‘13 Things You Should know about the German Shepherd‘ – produced by our friends at yourdogadvisor.com

The German Shepherd is a relative new comer to the dog breed world. The breed was established in 1899  after a conscious effort by German breeders  to produce the ideal  guardian-herding dog. Their efforts were rewarded with a creation of a breed that truly excels in these roles.

The German Shepherd dog breed gained wider international recognition after World War One. This was because German Shepherds had played an effective role on the frontline as sentry dogs in the German army.  Their amazing qualities of stoic resolve and unwavering duty in that terrible battlefield environment greatly impressed returning soldiers from both sides of the conflict.

The First German Shepherds were registered in Britain in 1919  under the  name of “Alsatian Wolf Dog”. It was believed the inclusion of the word “German”in post war Britain would harm the breed’s popularity.  By 1926 there were 8000 German Shepherd Dogs registered in Britain. Popularity of the  new breed  soared to even greater heights with the silver screen exploits of  famous German Shepherds  like  ‘Rin Tin Tin’ and ‘Strongheart’

Despite a decline in popularity during World War Two, the German Shepherd dog breed has gone from strength to strength. In 2015  the breed become the second most popular dog breed in the USA. where it has remained ever since

German Shepherds Belong To The Herding Group:

 They Are Devoted, Confident, Versatile, Intelligent

Play Video
© animalplanet.com

Temperament: One of the reasons why German Shepherds remain so popular, both as domestic pets and working dogs is because of their great intelligence and versatility. These dogs have a deserved reputation for being fearless, fiercely loyal and protective when it comes to their family. Although German Shepherds are extremely eager to please with regards to training,  they are a naturally dominant breed and are perhaps not so well suited to inexperienced or hesitant dog owners.

Protection:  The German Shepherd is a natural guardian and quite capable of defending your family and home with extreme prejudice if required.  Although they are inclined to be aloof and wary towards strangers, they will take their cue from their owner. Gauging your reactions and demeanour towards others as to how they should behave. This breed does not need any special training to be protective, but they must be properly trained and socialized in order to ensure they don’t act out of place or aggressively when the situation doesn’t demand it .

Other Animals: Generally Tolerant towards other animals, but  can become aggressive or domineering towards other dogs. This is especially the case between male dogs.

German Shepherds are strong and athletic, and they do require good regular  exercise. A large yard for running or daily walks with their owner will keep them healthy and strong. Because of their intelligence and versatility they love a challenge. German Shepherds will do well with most activities, but they excel at agility work, tracking and obedience training.

 

german shepherd

Despite their  fearsome reputation; these dogs  take to family life surprisingly well. German Shepherds are very good with children, not  just because of their protective nature but they are generally very  affectionate and playful towards them.  It is important to stress however that this affinity towards children in their family group applies only to those German Shepherds that have been properly trained and very well socialized. Any interactions between children and dogs should always be supervised by an adult.

german shepherdThis breed does have some serious health concerns. They are prone to hip dysplasia.  Although this problem is made worse through indiscriminate breeding programs hip dysplasia can affect any . They are also susecpetible to Eczema and eye problems.  As well as being more vulnerable to health problems, poorly bred German Shepherds may also be prone to aggression. Because of this,  You should know what to look for in a reputable breeder and understand  the importance of adequate dog medical insurance .

A good Diet is an important part of any dog’s health and these guys are no exception. Learn more about choosing the best food for your German Shepherd.

german shepherd Grooming: When it comes to grooming, these dogs need a lot of brushing and then they need some more ! During their heavy seasonal shed you will need to use a shedding blade or rake, and brush them outdoors.

Training: This is a highly intelligent breed. This intelligence coupled with an innate work ethic makes them one of the easiest dog breeds to train. Training should begin as early as possible to ensure they reach their maximum potential. Firm consistency, praise and positive reinforcement are key to training the German Shepherd Dog. This is because they have a naturally dominant personality. Firm does not mean harsh however. Harsh practices during training will only serve to make German Shepherds  more stubborn or wilful. These dogs  are quick to house train- especially if you crate train them.

 

german shepherdExperienced and considerate, with plenty of energy for walk,s training and chase games.  Appreciative of a close bond between owner and dog, willing and able to provide the appropriate training and socialization they will need to grow into a great dog. Not Recommended for timid or inexperienced owners, ‘robotic’ obedience or  being left alone for long periods,  

If you would love to own a German Shepherd please do your research. Be certain you  are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, you can visit The official breed club.


The German Shepherd is a relative new comer to the dog breed world. The breed was established in 1899  after a conscious effort by German breeders  to produce the ideal  guardian-herding dog. Their efforts were rewarded with a creation of a breed that truly excels in these roles.

The German Shepherd dog breed gained wider international recognition after World War One. This was because German Shepherds had played an effective role on the frontline as sentry dogs in the German army.  Their amazing qualities of stoic resolve and unwavering duty in that terrible battlefield environment greatly impressed returning soldiers from both sides of the conflict.

The First German Shepherds were registered in Britain in 1919  under the  name of “Alsatian Wolf Dog”. It was believed the inclusion of the word “German”in post war Britain would harm the breed’s popularity.  By 1926 there were 8000 German Shepherd Dogs registered in Britain. Popularity of the  new breed  soared to even greater heights with the silver screen exploits of  famous German Shepherds  like  ‘Rin Tin Tin’ and ‘Strongheart’

Despite a decline in popularity during World War Two, the German Shepherd dog breed has gone from strength to strength. In 2015  the breed become the second most popular dog breed in the USA. where it has remained ever since

Breed Characteristics

Popularity
Very Popular
Life Span
10-12 Years
Breed Size
Large
Breed Health
Health concerns
Novice Owners?
Easy To Train?
Children Friendly?
Suitable For All Ages
Affectionate?
Low Maintenance?
Shedding Amount
Apartment Living?
Hypoallergenic?
Dog Friendly?
Good Watch Dog?
High Prey Drive?
Good Guard Dog?
Active Lifestyle?

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