German Shepherd Information
The second most popular dog in the United States, the German Shepherd is a true dog lover’s dog. The breed is easily recognizable by its strong, muscular body; alert, pointy ears; thick, multi-colored coat; and noble, hard-working personality.
Originating from the farm and sheep-dogs of the past, the German Shepherd gained popularity during World War I, gaining recognition for its courage, loyalty and intelligence. As a pet, this dog is great with children and other pups and does well with training. Just be sure he gets regular exercise and stimulation, and you’ll have the perfect pooch.
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German Shepherd History
The German Shepherd originates from a herding dog known as the continental shepherd dog in the 1800’s. This European shepherd eventually split into three breeds we know today as the Belgian Shepherd, German Shepherd and the Dutch Shepherd.
The German Shepherd was bred as a working dog in Germany. It was used to herd sheep, as it was intelligent, fast and strong. As herding became a less popular trade, German Shepherds found a perfect career fit with police and military units around the world.
German Shepherd Training & Temperament
German Shepherds are very intelligent and trainable dogs. They do well with early socialization and training classes. As noted, this breed is often used for police and military dogs because of their excellent obedience and trainability.
They form a strong bond with their family and enjoy spending time with them. It’s important to socialize them with strangers to help reduce their tendency to be over protective.
German Shepherd Exercise
The German Shepherd is an active breed that requires a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. A tired dog is a good dog! They do great with walks and play time. They can also be used for dog training like agility, dock diving, herding and tracking activities.
German Shepherd Grooming
German Shepherds are pretty easy to groom. They do tend to shed a couple times a year and brushing a couple times a week will help maintain their coat. Increase brushing as needed to remove loose hairs during shedding season.
They need a bath when dirty. Otherwise make sure to check & clean their ears and clip their nails.
German Shepherd Health
They are a healthy breed that doesn’t usually have many issues. Breeders will screen out issues, but some things to watch for are hip and elbow issues. They are also susceptible to bloat (sudden expanding of the stomach) which should be watched for. It’s a good idea to avoid strenuous exercise after eating.