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German Shepherds

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The German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are beautiful dogs: large and muscular with signature colours . They are typically tan/black or red/black, often with “saddle” and “blanket” marks on the back. Other very popular colours include black or sable.  German Shepherds usually have a thick double coat with a waterproof outer layer and a thick undercoat.  These dogs shed often  but they benefit from weekly grooming. Although  German Shepherds have a medium or long coat, make sure you take care of your GSDs coat properly and make the most of the natural benefits of their hair while minimizing out-of-control shedding. A good metal comb weekly will minimise shedding problems. Please if you intend on buying a German Shepherd it is very important to buy form a reputable breeder. You can pay anywhere from $2500 up for a puppy today in Australia. It is very important to buy from a reputable breeder please do your homework.

Breed Characteristics of GSD:

  • Dog Breed Group: Herding Dogs
  • Recommended for: Families
  • Affection Level: High
  • Friendliness: High
  • Kid-Friendly: High
  • Pet-Friendly: Low
  • Exercise Needs: High
  • Playfulness: High
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Height: 60-67 cm
  • Weight: 30-42 kg
  • Temperament:  Patient, active, aloof, reserved, protective, Intelligent, loyal,
  • Trainability: High
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Colors: Mixture of gold and black, Pure Black and Sable the most common
  • Intelligence: High
  • Maintenance Level: Medium
  • Life Span: 12-14 years
  • The tendency to Bark: High
  • Amount of Shedding: High

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German Shepherd Dogs and Dog Training

The German Shepherd Dog Overview

Personality and Temperament

German shepherds are very active dogs. German Shepherds are known for their intelligence and independent thinking.
An ideal home for a German Shepherd would be a house with a large yard to move, this does not count all the walks, runs, and training they would like and need. German Shepherds make great family dogs. As well as excellent family dogs GSD’s are very trainable and also make great police dogs, scent detection dogs  with the correct training.   With their loyal personalities and enthusiasm to work, you will find the German Shepherds very good when it comes to any sort of training.

With a strong appetite for learning, many German Shepherds make extraordinary service dogs.

German Shepherd Health:

Just like many dog breeds, German shepherd dogs are very much prone to particular health problems. Many are due to inbreeding early in the breed’s life.

Health conditions more common to German shepherds include:

  • hip dysplasia
  • elbow dysplasia
  • degenerative myelopathy
  • degenerative spinal stenosis
  • Von Willebrand disease.

To address and prevent joint disease, talk to your doctor about dietary supplements for musculoskeletal health, in addition to limiting jumping and rough play and give them a good and balanced diet.

German Shepherd Diet/Food

Protein and fat are the two most essential ingredients for a German shepherd’s diet. It is important to emphasize that these ingredients should not come from just one common ingredient. Their diet should come from the best food sources.

The ideal source of protein should come from all sources of meat, such as beef, fish and poultry, and other lean meats. Other animal products, including poultry, do not provide enough protein compared to whole protein sources. With regard to healthy fat sources, look for foods that contain fish oil and vegetables to get omega-3 fatty acids.

These sources of food are essential for keeping a dog’s coat and skin healthy. Extra ingredients such as sweet potatoes and carrots are also good for the German shepherd. Small amounts of barley, oats, rice, and other digestible carbohydrates can also be given

German Shepherd History

The ancestors of German shepherds have bred in late 19th century Germany as working dogs, specifically as sheepdogs and guard dogs on farms. In 1899, after much disagreement about which qualities to highlight in the breed, Max von Stephanitz declared the first German shepherd dog, which he named Horand von Grafrath.

Due to anti-German sentiment after the 1920s, the German shepherd has renamed the Alsatian wolf dog (or simply called an Alsatian) in the United Kingdom and the United States until as recently as 2006.

Getting a German Shepherd

Getting a German shepherd is simple, but it’s essential to be prepared. If you’re buying a German shepherd puppy, you’ll spend plenty of time discouraging biting and barking. Socializing your puppy and teaching it essential skills like sleeping through the night and toileting outside. are essential. Please and we see it all the time give your puppy a good quality ball to play with and make sure its from a reputable breeder.

The German Shepherd