German Shepherd (Alsatian)

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Quick Facts

AVERAGE SIZE OF ADULT: Large

SOCIABILITY: Medium

EXERCISE REQUIREMENT: High

GROOMING REQUIREMENT: Medium

AVERAGE LIFESPAN: 10-12 years

German Shepherd (Alsatian) Puppies For Sale

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Why German Shepherds are great

The German Shepherd Dog is arguably the most popular breed in the world.

Some highlights:

 

Things to consider when looking at German Shepherd Puppies for Sale

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:

 

History of German Shepherd

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.

 

Appearance

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.

 

How big is the German Shepherd?

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.

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How heavy is a German Shepherd?

German Shepherds can weigh up to 40KG.

 

What Colour is the German Shepherd?

The GSD has a double coat which is long and can have various colours such as black, cream, white or black and tan.

 

Temperament

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.

 

Do German Shepherds make good guard dogs?

GSDs are very good guard dogs as they are intelligent and very protective.

 

Do German Shepherds bark a lot?

Their tendency to bark is low, which makes German Shepherds quiet dogs.

 

Are German Shepherds good with children?

The GSD is suitable for many families with children, he will be the treasured pet and a protective with his owner.

 

Are German Shepherds good with other pets?

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

Can I leave a German Shepherd alone?

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.

 

Health

How much exercise does a German Shepherd need?

The breed is very prone to hip dysplasia and care should be taken when choosing a puppy that parents have been hip scored.

 

Care

How much space do I need for a German Shepherd?

GSDs requires daily exercise, according to Kennel Club, at least 2 hours of exercise per is ideal so they aren’t bored.

 

How much grooming do German Shepherds need?

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.

Do German Shepherd shed?

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.

 

Average costs

 

How much does it cost to keep a German Shepherd?

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As a rough guide in pricing:

Cost to buy: roughly £500-1200  for a well-bred German Shepherd puppy
Food: £40 per month

Vet Costs: £  per year

 

Specific Buying Guide

You can read our general buying guide here (https://www.puppies.co.uk/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.

 

Other reading and Organisations

A big thank you to the following sources who helped to shape this article:

https://www.playbarkrun.com/german-shepherd-shedding/#tab-con-10

https://www.borrowmydoggy.com/doggypedia/guide-to-dog-breeds/german-shepherd-information-guide