Dog Profiles - Description of German Shepherd

German Shepherd

Description: The German Shepherd Dog is a strong, agile, well muscled dog, alert and full of life. He is extremely intelligent and makes a wonderful companion, show or obedience dog. The German Shepherd is exceptionally trainable and works well as a police, guide, search, rescue dog. He is one breed that becomes truly bonded to his family and may suffer from separation anxiety when apart from his people.

Height: Males are 24-26 inches; Females are 22-24 inches

Weight: 75-95 lbs.

Colors: Solid black, gray, tan, gold. White is recognized by the CKC.

Coat: Length is medium, straight and hard and close lying with a dense undercoat

Temperament: Intelligent, responsive, solid temperament, consistent behavior. Good with children and loves his own children, but may be suspicious of other children. Good with pets if trained from puppyhood to accept other pets. Very good watch-dog. Very good guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Daily brushing, bathing occasionally. Long, daily walks. Needs a large open yard. Obedience training will help improve his social skills.

Training: Learning Rate: Very High. Obedience: High. Problem Solving: High. Training is not easy as he is intelligent and will try to think of ways to avoid doing what you are asking.

Activity: Indoor - High, Outdoor - High

Living Environment: Country or city living as long as adequate attention and exercise is given. Fenced yard is essential. The owner of a German Shepherd should be strong and confident.

Health Issues: Usually hardy. Has potential to have hip dysplasia (abnormal development of hip joints), skin disease, bloat, congenital heart disease, Von Willebrand's disease, nervous condition and panosteitis (an inflammation of long bones in the legs.)

Life Span: 12-13 Years

Litter Size: 5-10

Country of Origin: Germany

History: Dates back to as early as the 7th Century A.D. The German Shepherds roots are in the mountain sheepdog of Germany. About 1880 the German army modified this breed for work as a military dog. The first German Shepherd exhibit was in 1882 in Hanover. Credit for the formation of the modern breed is given to German fancier Rittmeister von Stephanitz.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 1), KC(GB), UKC