German Shepherd Breed

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German Shepherd

German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Breed dog, also known as an Alsation, are loyal, protective and eager to please making them a very rewarding companion making it one of the most popular breeds in the UK and US.

German Shepherds have an unmatched devotion and courage and are highly versatile and excel in most things they are trained to do.

They are best suited for more of an experienced dog owner however as they are intelligent, head strong, possess a strong work ethic and need lots of exercise.

German Shepherd

Quick Facts

  • Avg Weight: 60 – 85 pounds
  • Avg Height: 23 – 25 inches
  • Avg Lifespan: Around 11 – 13 years
  • Apartment living: No
  • Level of exercise: High

Trademark traits

  • Intelligent dogs
  • Very loyal
  • Eager to please
  • Head strong and Fearless
  • Independent
  • Well-built and handsome

Breed Temperament:

German Shepherd dogs can come across as aloof to strangers and can be rather reserved and so he won’t make friends instantly. However once you have made a connection with him and he will be extremely loyal.

Fiercely protective of their homes and families they have been known to bark in a protective manner and can be standoffish to strangers. They have also been known to “herd” children. They get on well with other pets including other dogs.

The German Shepherd are highly intelligent, have a strong drive to please and are working dogs, so as well as lots of exercise, they do well with a job to do. Agility games, obedience training and task orientated games will make them happy and fulfilled.

Suitable environment:

German Shepherds shouldn’t be left too long on their own as they crave interaction and involvement. A German Shepherd will become anxious or bored if you are away from home lots or for long periods of time and may, like many breeds, resort to chewing on furniture, barking, digging up flower beds and getting into similar types of mischief.

Appearance:

German Shepherd dogs have a handsome and commanding look. They are well built with sturdy slightly longer than tall bodies. Males on average stand to 24 to 26 inches high whilst females stand to 22 to 24 inches.