German Shepherd

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Breed Group: Herding
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Overview
This breed was developed in the 19th century by Max Von Stephanitz who is considered to be the father of the German Shepherd. Revered for their versatility as companion and for their dedication to work, this breed has the distinction of being the first dog ever used as a guide for the blind. Today the German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds in the world.
Character
The German Shepherd is a breed of classic beauty and possesses superior intelligence. They are highly adaptable, energetic, curious, strong, and dependable. This breed displays a magnificent appearance and is extremely agile with great stamina and endurance.
Temperament
A member of the herding group, the German Shepherd is fearless, bold, hard working, and alert. They are esteemed for their loyalty, deep devotion, and courage. This breed thrives on human interaction from their family and does not like to be left alone for extended periods of time. German Shepherds are exceptionally wary of strangers. They will most generally get along with other household pets they have been raised with. This breed will attempt to perform the task of herding on anything and everything that moves. The German Shepherd is not recommended for the novice, apathetic, or sedentary owner.
Care
This breed requires daily brushing to minimize loose hair. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo to preserve the integrity of the coat. German Shepherds are prone to such health issues as blood disorders, elbow and hip dysplasia, epilepsy, flea allergies, digestive problems, and chronic eczema.
Coat
The German Shepherd is a double coat breed. The outer coat is harsh, straight, and thick. The under coat is dense and soft. The coat comes in a variety of colors such as black and tan, black and cream, black and silver, solid black, and sable. The German Shepherd comes in three varieties: rough coat, long hair, and long rough coat. This breed is a continuous shedder with seasonal heavy shedding.
Training
The German Shepherd requires early intensive and extensive socialization and obedience training. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. This breed is obedient and quick to learn. Training must be done with respect, firmness, fairness, reward, and consistency. They are exceptionally talented in tracking, schutzhund, agility, obedience, fly-ball, and ring sport. The German Shepherd is often used in police work, search and rescue, as a guide for the blind, and military work.
Activity
This breed is happiest when given a job to do. They require strenuous exercise and enjoy securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and a large safely fenced area to romp and run freely in. The German Shepherd will do okay in an apartment or condominium dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise, stimulation, and attention.
Weight
75-95 lbs
Height
Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches
Color(s)
most colors, other than white, are permissible.
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2017

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How much do German Shepherd puppies cost?

The cost to buy a German Shepherd varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much German Shepherd puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all German Shepherds sold is $750.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a German Shepherd with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,300 upwards to $10,000 or even more for a German Shepherd with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all German Shepherds sold is $800.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $750.00
Average Price: $800.00
Top Quality: $2,300.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 44547 German Shepherd puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a German Shepherd puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a German Shepherds true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular German Shepherd Names for 2017

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 44547 German Shepherd dogs.
  • 1. Max
  • 2. Bella
  • 3. Daisy
  • 4. Duke
  • 5. Puppy
  • 6. Ace
  • 7. Rosie
  • 8. Sarge
  • 9. Harley
  • 10. Heidi
  • 11. Rex
  • 12. Toby
  • 13. Jenny
  • 14. Willow
  • 15. Abby
  • 16. Bear
  • 17. Ranger
  • 18. Princess
  • 19. Maggie
  • 20. Hailey

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Location: Oneonta, New York
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Anonymous asked:
Are German Shepherd dogs good with small dogs?

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Anonymous

The German Shepherd breed has a very high prey drive and all owners should be aware of it. If raised from a puppy with small dogs and trained properly, with socialization then a German Shepherd can do well with small dogs. However, naturally they will want to chase after anything that is smaller than them. Socialize, socialize, socialize. Then train, train, train. That is how you make a German Shepherd dog alright with small dogs.

Anonymous

Absolutely! Dogs generally will establish their own pack order - regardless of size. And to add - training is required for any breed. If you are established as the Alpha, they will fall into their respective places.

Anonymous

If you raise a German Shepherd puppy around other pets they can get along very well. My German Shepherd loved all our cats. She would herd them as was her instinct, trying to make them go where she wanted them to be, but she never harmed them and when they saw her they would run to her and rub all over her. She has passed on now after 12 wonderful years. I am in search of another GS they are great pets. GS are head strong and you need to train them properly. Next to a Rottweiler they have the strongest bites of any breed so socializing your dog and making certain it knows you are the pack leader is needed so you will have the best temperament dog possible. The great thing is they are super intelligent, learn quickly, will obey voice commands and signals and are very sweet and loving to their family members.

Anonymous

It all depends on how well they are socialized and obedience trained, they will run over a weak owner quickly and take the leadership of the pack if they have determined this to be true! They will not be bullied by other dogs if they don't want this. As small dogs are sometime yappy this annoys them, but it depends on the particular dog how it will react to this; These dogs have mostly a high prey drive and small dogs when they run look like prey to them triggering this reaction but are generally good as long as they are raised with these dogs from puppies.

Anonymous

In my experience, GSD are good with small dogs that have a strong temperament.

Anonymous asked:
Presently most breeders ďemand that buyers spay or neuter their pups and I understand their reasoning however lately I have read several articles that are strongly against spay/neutering due to severe adverse health issues related to these procedures. The articles were supported by veterinary hospitals, veterinary schools, and organizations collecting data on the subject. There is certainly logical reasons to want to neuter your pet, bleeding, aggressiveness, the primary argument, unwanted pups, etc. Are you aware of these recent movements and do you have any thoughts on the opposing views?

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Anonymous

Actually, female dogs can develop uterine infections that can be life threatening if they are not spade. Our friends lost their beautiful St Bernard to this which could have been prevented had she been spade.

Anonymous

A dog's immune sysyem and growth development, especially bone development, is directly tied to sex organs, altering your puppy under 2yrs is subjecting them to life-long irreversible health issues.

Anonymous

As a breeder, my warranty clearly states that my warranty is void if a dog is spayed or neutered prior to 24 months of age. Spaying and neutering, while it does prevent unwanted pregnancies, can effect the health and growth of the dog. Neutering does not change 'aggression' that so many people believe. Making the decision to take on the responsibility of being a pet owner should never be taken lightly. We should be willing to make accommodations for our pets during all seasons of their life - before, during, and after the heat cycle of a bitch, during the challenging puppy and 'teenage' stages, and into geriatrics. I prefer that my dogs remain unaltered. The primary reason that any vet or rescue would recommend is to eliminate unwanted litters - not all dogs should be bred/reproduce. By spaying or neutering, it helps reduce the number of pups produced by back yard breeders or those with questionable or unethical breeding programs/practices.

Anonymous

I believe this too be very true I also know if you allow your female to have one litter,she becomes more family oriented. My last shepherd was 17 years old when she passed. My current shepherd is 13.

Anonymous asked:
Would Adult German Shepards ever hurt a child or anybody?

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Anonymous

Any dog, purebred or mixed can hurt a person. However, there are breeds that have a higher risk of injuring a child or adult because of their breed. The German Shepherd, when bred, raised and trained properly is a loving, gentle family companion that is loyal and good natured. But a German Shepherd who is not bred well, not raised correctly and not trained properly is a breed of dog that is naturally wary of strangers, is very protective of it's owners/family and has a high prey drive. So the dog as a pup or young adult could easily knock over a child by accident, or become fearful when pushed into a new situation and may snap. Doing research on a breed of dog, contacting a reputable, responsible and qualified breeder and spending time with the breeder's dogs is very, very important before choosing a dog for your family.

Anonymous

Training is certainly a big part of the dog's behavior as is the sex of the dog. Males tend to be territorial and will protect and area while a female is more familial and will watchful of her family. I have seen some female shepherds take better care and be more watchful of children in the family than the child's human parents.

Anonymous

Raise your German shepherd Puppy with your children and no one will harm them!!

Anonymous

Doesn't matter what breed it is, it's all on how you raise it.

Anonymous

I had German Shepherds all my life, and I love them.

Anonymous

I've had German Shepherds all my life also and I feel there is no better breed. I feel incomplete without one. I love them all.

Anonymous

I've had four wonderful German Shepherds and I love training them. The rewards are great. Arlene

Anonymous

Puppy German Shepherd dogs are great, they grow to be part of you truly!

Anonymous asked:
Why do German Shepherds seem to like drinking any water available as opposed to the fresh water I put out every day in a bowl? They also don't mind getting muddy although they have houses to stay in outside, they'd rather sleep outside their house?

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Anonymous

If you are worried about muddy or dirty water that your dog is drinking, then I would suggest making sure that they can not access it and/or get rid of those standing bodies of water. Some dogs don't like to drink water out of bowls, you may want to look into faucet drinkers that are for outside or a dog water fountain. As for sleeping outside the doghouse, it all depends on the dog. However, the German Shepherd breed is protective and loyal, and some could want to sleep outside so that they can better patrol the area and it's probably cooler outside. It can get hot and stuffy inside a dog house because dogs generate so much heat.

Anonymous

Make sure their house is as close as possible to your location where the can see well. It can stress them if their not near their owners.

Anonymous asked:
Can German Shepherd's like young kids? Does their temperament towards children differ when raised from a puppy versus adopting an adult Shepherd dog?

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Anonymous

The German Shepherd dog can be great with kids if socialized to them as puppies. If there are young kids in the home, ie: under ten years old then adopting a young dog, under a year old or a puppy would be best. So that the dog can grow up with children and be socialized to them. But if the children are older and have dog-smarts, then adopting an adult German Shepherd is perfectly fine as long as the dog shows no aggression or shyness towards children.

Anonymous

I believe it is best to adopt a puppy. The GSD is a herding animal. And then he will think of you and your family as his herd. Protecting and caring for all of you. But a puppy takes lots of attention and positive reinforcement. He loves to chew and you will have to be able to spend lots of time with him. He will bite you and your family. You will have to get him chew toys. And when he is biting give him something else to chew on. If properly brought up, and you have plenty of time to work with him the GSD is the best long term family dog. Extremely loyal and protective.

Anonymous

Before I adopted my 2-year-old GSD I would have agreed that it was best to adopt a puppy. However, my boy came to me badly abused and turned out to be a wonderful dog around children, adults, small and large dogs and cats. It is best to find out as much as possible about the dog you are adopting. If they are not sure then I would say it wasn't a good idea, they are big dogs that can knock a small child over not meaning any harm. GSD rescue tests their dogs with children of all ages, small and large dogs and cats.

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Updated: 8/21/2017