Origin and characteristics 

The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed that was only introduced in the late 19th century. The breed was designed to be a herding dog, but also a working dog.  As a result, the German Sheperd is a highly intelligent and versatile dog His endless amounts of energy makes him the ideal working dog for military and police service, as a guard dog, guide dogs, assistance dog for the disabled, sniffer dogs, search and rescue services and herding. German Shepherds are also known as the Alsatian dog in Great Britain and parts of Europe.

The German Shepherds are affectionate and loyal dogs. If they’re well-trained from puppyhood, and used to the company of children, a German Shepherd is a great companion.  They can also live peacefully with other dogs and pets, if they’re taught to do so from a young age.

They have a suspicious nature which makes them the perfect watch/guard dog. To raise a social and well-behaved dog, they need to be exposed to other dogs, places, and people while they are young.

One thing they’re not good at is being alone for long periods of time. When left alone, they can become anxious or bored and are likely to express their worry in ways you don’t like, such as barking, chewing, and digging. They can also suffer from separation anxiety, or extreme anxiety when left alone.

German Shepherds are very active and intelligent dogs. They like being busy learning, playing, and working. They require both physical and mental stimulation.

They are best suited to live in a house with a large fenced garden, where they can burn off their energy. They also need at least 2 hours exercise per day.

  • Lifespan: 10-14 Years

  • Size: 55-65 cm

  • Weight: 22-40 kg

  • Breed group: herding

  • Coat: medium length double coat

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

Most German Shepherds have medium length double coat. The outer coat is dense with straight hair that lies close to the body and is sometimes wavy and wiry.

Other than the shedding season, they are very easy to groom. They need a good thorough brush every other day. This helps reduce the amount of loose hair in their coat.

Generally, Germans Shepherds are clean and odourless, so they don’t need bathing often. This is fortunate, be bathing too often will strip their coat of natural oils that keep it healthy. Only bathe them if they really need it.

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