German Shepherd

Classic beauty with superior intelligence, the German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds in the world.
German Shepherd Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


22-26 Inches


75-95 Lbs.


9-13 Years

German Shepherd Information

The German Shepherd breed was developed in Germany in the late 19th century. German Shepherds were originally bred as working dogs, and their intelligence and trainability made them well-suited for a variety of tasks.

The German Shepherd is a popular breed of dog that is known for its loyalty, obedience, and intelligence. This breed is often used as a working dog in many different fields, such as police work, search and rescue, and military service. German Shepherds are also commonly used as guide dogs for the blind or assistance dogs for people with other disabilities.

The German Shepherd is a large breed of dog, with males typically weighing between 65 and 90 pounds and females between 50 and 70 pounds. They are strongly built dogs with a muscular body and a thick coat that can be either short or long. The most common colors for German Shepherds are black and tan, but they can also be found in other colors, such as solid black, liver, or blue.

German Shepherd Exercise Needs

The German Shepherd is a relatively active breed of dog that needs plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy. A daily walk or run is a good way to provide your German Shepherd with the physical activity they need, and playing fetch or other games can also be a great way to bond with your dog while getting them some exercise.

German Shepherd Training

German Shepherds are intelligent dogs that are easy to train. They respond well to positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, treats, and verbal praise.

German Shepherds can be trained to perform a variety of tasks, such as obedience, agility, tracking, and herding.

German Shepherd Health Issues

Like all breeds of dogs, German Shepherds are susceptible to certain health issues. Some of the most common health problems seen in German Shepherds include hip and elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, and allergies.

German Shepherds are also prone to developing certain types of cancer, such as lymphoma and osteosarcoma.

German Shepherd Grooming

German Shepherds have a thick coat of fur that sheds moderately year-round. Brushing your dog a few times a week will help to reduce shedding and keep their coat healthy.

German Shepherds also need to be bathed on occasion, but they do not require frequent baths. When bathing your German Shepherd, use a mild shampoo and avoid getting water in their ears.

Breed Identification


Most Colors, Other Than White, Are Permissible.



Breed Care


Every day


More than an hour per day


Degenerative Myelopathy, Hemivertebrae, Corneal Dystrophy, Osteochondrosis of the Shoulder, Cataracts, Elbow Dysplasia, Compulsive Behaviors, Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy, Perianal Fistula, Bloat, Hyperparathyroidism, Hip Dysplasia, Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) of the Knee/Spine, Aortic Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy

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