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Information

Name : German Shepherd

Other Names : Deutscher Schaferhund, GSD

Origin : Germany

Size Type : Large Dog Breed

Breed Group : Working dog breeds

Life span : 9-13 years

Litter Size : Average of 8 Puppies.

Temperament : loving, Fearless, Bold

Height : 24" - 26" for males. 22"-24" for females

Weight : 70-100lbs (30 - 45kgs) with females being smaller on average.

Colors : The German Shepherd comes in these following colors: Bicolor, Black, Black & Cream, Black & Red, Black & Silver, Black & Tan, Blue, Gray, Liver, Sable, White

Puppy Price : $500-$2500

Body type

The German Shepherd is one of the most recognizable breeds in the world. A true GSD should resemble srength, agile, pulled together by an amazing coat and well proportionate frame. This dog is longer than tall, and seems to resemble strength and elegance. The German Shepherd resembles their ancestors the wolf, in build and presence. The sex is really distinguished in this breed, as males resembles masculinity and females portray a more feminine.

Head- The head stands proud, clean cut, and is in proportion to the rest of the body. Medium sized eyes, of almond shape sit upon the head. Ears are pointed as adults, but lay flat as puppies much like the wolf.

Body- The GSD has a long body, that's typically lean and muscular. The neck is long and muscular, with no folds or bends. Topline. The whithers are higher and sloping into the back. Straight back, that is strong without any dips or high points. The whole body resembles strength and build, without being bulky.

Forequarters-Straight front legs, that connect to strong shoulders, the forequarters resembles strength and helps distinguish purpose in this breed.

Hindquarters- The hindquarters is made up of thick broad thighs. directed into a 90 degree angle connecting to the lower hindquarters.

Coat

Ideally there is a double coat of medium length. The outer coat is super dense and has a sense of harshness to it. The coat lies close to the body and should be straight with a slight wave. The neck and rear have the longest of the hair, while the rest of the body is covered in shorter hair. The German Shepherd sheds heavily throughout the year and will require a lot of grooming, be ready to get the brush out and do some work if you plan on owning this breed.

Characteristics

Good with Kids : 83 %
Cat Friendly : 50 %
Dog Friendly : 83 %
Trainability : 100 %
Shedding : 83 %
Watchdog : 100 %
Intelligence : 100 %
Grooming : 83 %
Popularity : 100 %
Adaptability : 16 %
Hypoallergenic : No
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Overview

The German Shepherd is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United states, and worldwide. They are extremely intelligent and make wonderful service dogs. Most known for their work in the police and military setting, this extremely smart, athletic and has an excellent nose makes for an excellent K9-unit specialist. What truly sets the German Shepherd apart is how diverse the breed is, they can work as full time police force detecting drugs and taking down criminals and at night be relaxing with your family and playing with your kids. It's even crazier in the amount of time this has all happened, this breed didn't start to really emerge until the early 1900's. It wasn't until post world war I that this breed made it's way to the United states. The GSD was brought from Germany, it's place of origin. In the United states many breeding programs advanced and helped form the modern German Shepherd. The German Shepherd loves to be outdoors, and be apart of the family. They tend to have a long healthy life sometimes reaching up to their late teen years. Their extreme versatility makes them able to live just about anywhere, from apartment life, to country side and any sorts of weather condition.

Color

Bicolor, Black, Black & Cream, Black & Red, Black & Silver, Black & Tan, Blue, Gray, Liver, Sable, White. These are the 11 different German Shepherd colors, the most common is the Black & Tan, or all black. White is a recently added color that is starting to gain a lot of popularity.

Health Problems

The German Shepherd is normally very healthy. The most common problem, as with many other big dog breeds is hip dysplasia and a few sorts of eye diseases. Researching your breeder can help minimize all health risks.

Exercises

They need adequate exercise. They can live just about anywhere as long as they are getting plenty of exercise. This working breed needs a job and a lot of training to be truly happy. Early socialization and training help manage this breed, and makes them the best companion.

Origin

The German shepherds origination is pretty obvious as it's in it's name. The Germans started breeding this dog in the late 1800's to make the perfect companion and service dog. which they fully succeeded in. The german shep was brought to the United states after soldiers from World war I & II brought this amazing breed home. This breed is one of the most popular dog breeds, and has really gained a lot of popularity in a short time.
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