German Shepherd

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Size: Large
Group: Herding
Hypo-allergenic: No

German shepherd a strong, agile, well muscled, alert and energetic breed, with a smooth, harmonious front and rear hindquarters. As versatile as they are intelligent, the German shepherds body is deep and formed of smooth curves rather than sharper angles. German Shepherds bodies tend to be more sturdy than they are slender, as well as muscular (regardless of whether they are resting or moving) giving off an agile look.

German Shepherds were originally bred in Germany for herding purposes, as well as to help guard shepherds flocks. As a result, they are very active dogs, but also loyal and good for companionship, known for being very protective of family and those at home, and wary of strangers. They have a double coat, consisting of a thick luscious undercoat as well as a dense, straight/slightly wavy undercoat, typically with medium length black and tan or red and black coloured hair.

Max von Stephanitz (the very first official breeder of German Shepherds), was intrigued by shepherding dogs and noted that there were many different types of them, and believed that a breed standard needed to be introduced. He had a preference for shepherd dogs that had a more wolf-like appearance, with strong upper bodies and pricked up ears, that were also sharp mentally and hard workers. It has been suggested throughout the years, that Stephanitz did cross-bred a shepherd dog with a wolf to create the first German Shepherd, but these accounts are unsubstantiated

FAQ

How big are German Shepherds?
On average, they tend to be 60-66cm tall and a healthy German shepherd would usually weigh between 77-95 pounds

What grooming requirements do German Shepherds have/how much hair do they shed?
German Shepherds tend to shed a lot of hair, with their outer coat shedding all year round and their undercoat shedding twice a year. They should be brushed using a slick brush, ideally on a daily basis to avoid their undercoat becoming matted.

How long do German Shepherds live?
Between 9-13 years typically.

Are German Shepherds susceptible to any particular illnesses or diseases?
German Shepherds, whilst being a strong breed, are susceptible to certain serious health conditions, 2 of the most common being elbow dysplasia and canine hip dysplasia (CHD). They are also known for being prone to particularly nasty fungal infections due to Aspergillus mould.

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