|Description: The German Shepherd Dog is a strong, agile, well muscled dog, alert and full of life. The German Shepherd Dog is extremely intelligent and makes a wonderful companion, show or obedience dog. The German Shepherd is exceptionally trainable and works well as a police, guide, or search and rescue dog. The German Shepherd is one breed that becomes truly bonded to their family and may suffer from separation anxiety when apart from their people. |
Other Names: Alsatian, Deutscher Schaferhund
Height: 22 - 26 in.
Weight: 75 - 95 lb.
Color: Solid black, gray, tan, gold. White is recognized by the CKC.
Coat: Length is medium, straight and hard and close lying with a dense undercoat
Temperament: The German Shepherd Dog is intelligent, responsive, solid temperament, consistent behavior.
With Children: Yes, loves their own children, but may be suspicious of other children.
With Pets: Yes, if trained from puppyhood to accept other pets.
Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: The German Shepherd requires daily brushing and bathing occasionally. Long, daily walks. The German Shepherd needs a large open yard.
Training: Obedience training will help improve their social skills.
Learning Rate: Very High, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - High. Training is not easy as they are intelligent and will try to think of ways to avoid doing what you are asking.
Activity: Indoor - High, Outdoor - High
Living Environment: Country or city living as long as adequate attention and exercise is given. Fenced yard is essential. The owner of a German Shepherd should be strong and confident.
Health Issues: Usually hardy. Has potential to have hip dysplasia (abnormal development of hip joints), skin disease, bloat, congenital heart disease, Von Willebrand's disease, nervous condition and panosteitis (an inflammation of long bones in the legs.)
Life Span: 12 - 13 years
Litter Size: 5 - 10
Country of Origin: Germany
First Registered by the AKC
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