The German shepherd
The German shepherd is one of the most popular breeds of dog in America. They were first bred in 1899 by Captain Max von Stephanitz; they are faithful pets, guide dogs for the handicapped, police and military service, and herding. Their versatile use is what makes the German shepherd so popular. These large breed dogs are usually 60-90 pounds, live to be 10-14 years old, and stand anywhere from 1-2 ft tall.
Characteristics of a German shepherd
The German shepherd, also known as the Alsatian in Great Britain, is one of the most recognized breeds. German shepherd pups are easily trained. That is why they have been used in movies, to detect drugs, and even to herd animals. German shepherds are also devoted to their owners and are not fond of strangers. They do not like new people to cross their territory. They are very protective of their owners and will defend them against danger. German shepherds are very intelligent animals and learn commands with very little training. They are very energetic dogs, they like to play and learn. Being a lazy lay around dog is not in a German shepherds DNA. They are also naturally curious; they love to explore their surroundings. They are very graceful animals that can move very quickly. German shepherds are usually a mix of beige and black, but some solid black and white dogs exist.
Proper care of German Shepherds
Properly caring for a German shepherd is very important to the health of the dog. Feeding a German shepherd properly is one of the most important things in caring for the dog. Until your German shepherd is 3 months old you should feed them three times a day, after that they should be fed twice a day. Make sure to give your German shepherd proper exercise. Take them on walks and allow them to run, they are very active dogs and will need this time to thrive. German shepherds are friendly dogs by nature, allowing them to be social while they are pups will make sure they are not aggressive. By allowing your dog to play with other dogs and be around new people as a pup you are eliminating some of the possibility of aggression as your dog grows into an adult. German shepherds are beautiful creatures and properly grooming them is important to their health. The German shepherd had two coats a thick undercoat and a shiny overcoat that continuously sheds. Make sure to brush your dog at least once or twice a week to avoid neglect. This will enhance the beauty of their coat by removing the dead dull hair. This will also help to prevent some of the shedding in your home.
When looking to purchasing a German shepherd pup or adult dog make sure to do your research. These beautiful animals need love and attention to reach their full potential. The most important thing to remember is that proper care will help them to thrive and be the amazing pets they are intended to be.