|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.
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
Self trimming if active on rough surfaces
|Eyes, Ears, & Face
Usually problem free
Anal problems should be referred to the veterinarian