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German Shepherd

German Shepherds are ideal dogs for those who want a very rewarding, responsive dog. German Shepherds do best with pet guardians who have extensive experience with powerful, intelligent dogs. They are very strong, muscular animals. The AKC says that white German Shepherds are disqualified from the breed for showing.

75-95 lbs

Height: 22-26”
Color: black, tan, shades of gold and other deep, rich colors, but not white
Coat: stiff, dense outer coat either straight or slightly wavy and most have a thick undercoat
Grooming: weekly
Longevity: 11-14 years
  German Shepherds are especially good at:
  • Enthusiastic working dogs
  • Easily trained to perform strenuous tasks fearlessly
  • Excel at tracking, guarding, guide dog, border patrol, and obedience work
  • Tolerate moderate amounts of heat and cold
  •   Watch out for with German Shepherds:
  • Limping and signs of hip dysplasia
  • Painful arthritis especially of the hips and elbows
  • Lumps or growths that may indicate cancer
  • Bloat when exercising after a large meal
  • Seizures
    German Shepherd Appearance
    German Shepherds are large, active working dogs with large, upright ears and a keen, focused gaze. The overall effect is of intelligence, discipline, and strength. Shepherds have dark brown eyes. The body slopes from the shoulders down to the tail. The abdomen is well tucked and there is a marked narrowing over the flanks as the dog is viewed from above. The tail is strong and is feathered, as are the legs. German Shepherds appear to move and leap effortlessly.

    German Shepherd Behavior
    German Shepherds are focused, fearless dogs that love activity. Expect the German Shepherd to be a vigilant guard dog and protective of the family. Shepherds choose to take control and may become aggressive toward humans, dogs, and other pets unless well socialized and well trained. Many working Shepherds are retired to family life after productive careers. Unfortunately, fearful or poorly socialized German Shepherds may bite and be aggressive.

    German Shepherd Health (dog breed health problems)

    German Shepherd hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia
    Providing a natural, holistic diet helps prevent and manage bone and joint problems. Over 15% of German Shepherds have hip dysplasia.

    German Shepherd anal fistulas
    Anxiety and tail clamping predispose to anal fistula. Consistency, exercise, and anti-anxiety pheromones, herbs, and medications help prevent anal fistula.

    German Shepherd pancreatic insufficiency and difficulty digesting food
    Pancreatic insufficiency is treated by providing digestive enzymes. Inflammatory bowel disease is best handled with the proper diet and probiotics.

    German Shepherd Digestive upsets (gastroenteritis) and inflammatory bowel disease

    German Shepherd Epilepsy
    Epilepsy is improved by avoiding toxins, strengthening the liver, and giving medication.

    Cancer (such as osteosarcoma, lymphoma, and hemangiosarcoma)
    Regular veterinary care increases the likelihood tumors will be detected early so they can be treated.

    German Shepherd genetic information is available from many breeders to show that their dogs are free of hip or elbow problems.

    photo showing 3 healthy german shepherds

    German Shepherd Grooming
    German Shepherds have dense coats that shed throughout the year, with increased shedding once or twice a year. Using a FURminator helps to control shedding. Most, but not all German Shepherds, have an undercoat. When active, especially when exercising over concrete or rough terrain, the natural wear and tear keeps their nails short. There is no hair in the outer ear canal to hold moisture or debris so they are not prone to ear infections. German Shepherds are prone to anal fistulas and should be referred to their veterinarian for anal problems. Because of this tendency, anal sac expression should be done by the veterinarian rather than the groomer.


    Once or twice weekly

    Not necessary
    Self trimming if active on rough surfaces
    Eyes, Ears, & Face
    Usually problem free
    Anal Sacs
    Anal problems should be referred to the veterinarian

    Recommended products for your German Shepherd!

      Be Well   Taste Of The Wild Dry Dog Food   Be Serene   1-800-PetMeds Super Joint Enhancer  

    More Recommended German Shepherd products (not pictured):


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