The German Shepherd Dog is arguably the most popular breed in the world. Some highlights:
They are very intelligent
If given the correct handling, the German Shepherd is easy to train
Trustworthy and hardworking dogs
Very good around children
Like all breeds, there are some downsides to consider when searching for German Shepherds for Sale. They’re often noted as not being a good choice for a first time owner, so make sure you research sufficiently. Some downsides to the German Shepherd:
Not suited to people in apartments or small homes
Need lots of exercise and stimulation is needed
Be careful of hereditary health issues
German Shepherds are coming from Germany, they were developed for use in military, police and search-and-rescue roles during World War I as guarding dogs. They were originally bred as herding dogs. Also called Alsatian wolf dog in the UK until 1977, they were first developed in 1899.
The GSD has a wolf-like face and head, his ears are erect. His body is long and well muscled and his back is slightly curved with his hindquarters being lower than his front end.
He stands up to 65cm at the shoulder and can weigh up to 40KG. He considered as a medium to large-sized dog. A loyal and intelligent breed the GSD has a life expectancy of up to 12 years old.
German Shepherds can weigh up to 40KG.
The GSD has a double coat which is long and can have various colours such as black, cream, white or black and tan.
Thanks to this steady and firm temperament, the GSD is a popular dog. The breed has a high willingness to learn and is very curious about the surrounding environment, that's why they are suitable for rescue missions. It is important not to treat him harshly as the breed can become insecure which in turn could lead to aggressive, fearful behaviour.
GSDs are very good guard dogs as they are intelligent and very protective.
Their tendency to bark is low, which makes German Shepherds quiet dogs.
The GSD is suitable for many families with children, he will be the treasured pet and a protective with his owner.
German Shepherds are good with other pets as long as they are raised together. They can be sometimes nervous with other pets and guarding instincts They are not inclined to become immediate friends with strangers
The shepherd needs a firm and consistent owner as he is an intelligent animal who needs to be kept occupied to prevent him from becoming bored and mischievous. He should not be left alone or with other pets and under constant supervision.
The breed is very prone to hip dysplasia and care should be taken when choosing a puppy that parents have been hip scored.
GSDs requires daily exercise, according to Kennel Club, at least 2 hours of exercise per is ideal so they aren't bored.
The German Shepherd does not need a high-level of grooming. He has a long coat that is relatively easy to maintain with regular grooming.
Contrarily to what you can read online, the GSD sheds in a heavy way and lose his fur under the top coat twice a year. You will consequently need to vacuum a couple of times per week and remove lint from your clothes every day.
As a rough guide in pricing: Cost to buy: roughly £500-1200 for a well-bred German Shepherd puppy Other costs ( Vet, food etc): £100 to £150 per month
You can read our general buying guide here (/advice-on-buying-a-puppy/), with the most important thing being going to view your German Shepherd Puppy, seeing it with its mother, and checking the quality of the breeder.
Stud dogs (the father) must be hip scored before used for breeding. Make sure you get this information from the breeder, because the German Shepherd can suffer with hereditary hip issues.
Being one of the most popular breeds in the UK, make sure your breeder isn't compromising the health of the litter. According the Kennel Club, a bitch should only produce 4 litters and be a certain age.
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