Weight: 75-95 lbs
Height: male: 24-26, female: 22-24 inches
The German Shepherd was first bred in the 19th century by Max Von Stephanitz. He is considered to be the father of the German Shepherd. This breed is accredited for their flexibility as companions and for their devotion to work. These dogs are the first dogs to have been used as guide dogs for the blind. Currently, the German Shepherd is one of the most favored and popular breeds in the world.
The German Shepherd has a unique personality, and they are very self-assured and strong in their actions. They are naturally without fear, but they are also very devoted and protective dogs. The German Shepherd always wants to please its owners, and will fight to the death to protect them. This breed can at times be distant, especially with strangers. The will usually take some time to get to know new people before they let their guard down. This dog is extremely watchful – and will never miss anything that goes on around them.
The German Shepherd sheds little hair, but on a constant basis. This is breed is however a seasonal heavy shedder. In order to keep hair in the house at bay, these dogs should be brushed on a daily basis. The German Shepherd is not a dog that should be bathed too often. They should be bathed once or twice during the year to avoid the depletion of the oils on their skin.
German Shepherds are one of the most intelligent dog breeds, and also very easy to train. Training of these dogs should begin when they are still very young, and their trainers should be patient and consistent in their training. Seeing that these dogs are so intelligent, it's vital to train them in a firm manner from the start. If these dogs are treated in an unkind manner, they will become obstinate and willful. These dogs can be housetrained very easily, especially when they have been crate trained. Because of their intelligence, these dogs will enjoy a metal challenge and can be trained to do almost anything. This breed will always be protective of its family, but wary of strangers.
German Shepherd Dogs are likely to suffer from hip dysplasia. This problem is predominately the consequence of random breeding programs. Before buying a German Shepherd Dog puppy, be sure that both parents have their hips certified OFA good at the very least. This breed is also given to blood disorders, digestive problems and persistent eczema.
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