German Shepherd Dog – Dog Breeds

Group: Herding

Weight: 75-95 lbs

Height: male: 24-26, female: 22-24 inches

Overview

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 admired for their flexibility as companions and for their devotion to work. These dogs are the first dogs to have been ever used as guide dogs for the blind. Currently, the German Shepherd is one of the most admired and popular breeds in the world.

Temperament

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 want 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.

Care

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.

Training

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.

Health problems

German Shepherd Dogs are likely to suffer from hip dysplasia. This problem is predominantly 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 prone to blood disorders, digestive problems and persistent eczema.



Source by John M Williams