One of the most popular breeds, and for good reason!
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Personality & Expectations
Many German Shepherds are generally reserved and may take time to warm-up, but once they do, they will be fiercely loyal. In families, they’re often very approachable and generally easy-going. However, when threatened, they can be quite protective and strong, speaking to their historical guard and watch dog uses.
Weight: 85-140 Pounds Height: 26" - 32" At Shoulders Longevity: 11 - 17 Years
Officially classified as “versatile service, herding and working dogs”, German Shepherds are highly intelligent and trainable. They have been renown for everything from herding sheep (as their name implies), alerting a deaf partner to sounds, to stopping armed police suspects, to locating cadavers in 9/11. These dogs thrive when given practically any task.
For their many perks, German Shepherds don’t typically deal well when being alone for longer periods. Without companionship and regular exercise or work they tend to get frustrated and restless.
As with other dogs, German Shepherds need to be socialized early-on, being exposed to new experiences, people, sights, and sounds. This should help ensure your dog has controlled and relaxed encounters.
Exercise and Feeding
Just like in humans, a dog’s metabolism will change over time. To ensure your German Shepherd stays happy and healthy, they not only need adequate exercise and a well formulated diet, but also consideration around how and when they work or play and eat. Consult your vet for professional nutritional advice as well as appropriate portion sizes.
Overfeeding is a dangerous recipe for future joint problems, risk of bloat, or other health conditions. Treats should be limited and reserved for training or special circumstances. Dogs should receive regular activity and eat multiple times rather than one large meal served daily. To avoid bloat, sufficient time should be allowed for our dog to digest its meal prior to encouraging activity.
Puppies require special care related to feeding and exercise. Between the ages of four and seven months your puppy is expected to grow rapidly, and if not fed a high-quality diet, could be susceptible to issues like bone disorders. Hard surfaces like cement or pavement are most harmful to all dogs over time, but especially until roughly two years of age where bone development is at its peak. We greatly encourage owners to give their dogs ample exercise outdoors on grass or on soft turf with rebound.