ALL ABOUT™ GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS
German Shepherd Dog Puppy & Breed Information
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The German Shepherd Dog, aka Alsatian, uses his natural herding ability to keep track of his family, watching over children as faithfully and tenderly as he once stood guard over a newborn lamb.
The GSD deserves his legendary reputation as a multi-purpose, highly trainable dog. He bonds closely with one person and while "separation anxiety" can be annoying, the German Shepherd's judgment, calm demeanor, and intense loyalty make him an excellent leader for the blind.
Coat, Color, Care: Easy to care for, weekly brushing will keep the German Shepherd’s coat straight, hard coat glistening. Color should be strong, rich, never faded or dull.
German Shepherd Personality: He is reserved, dignified, never timid or nervous, non-aggressive and approachable by friendly strangers. Well utilized as a police and guard dog, such roles depend on special breeding and training. The German Shepherd Dog He is gentle with small animals and gets along well with other dogs making him an ideal choice for the multi-pet family.
The German Shepherd Dog’s brilliant mind should be developed at an early age. He remains high on the “most popular breeds” list for good reason.
Exercise Requirements: As a fast growing puppy, he needs a nutritious diet and moderate daily exercise. An adult German Shepherd has great stamina. Jogging or cycling with his person is ideal, making him an easy dog to live with.
Health Concerns: Some owners feel that the extreme shoulder and hip angles can lead to orthopedic problems including hip or elbow dysplasia. A fat or poorly muscled dog will be more susceptible. A chronic form of pancreatitis may be genetic and can cause weight loss and poor condition. As in all breeds, diabetes, epilepsy, and eye problems can occur and have been linked to recessive genes.
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