German Shepherd

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Breed Group: Herding
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
75-95 lbs
Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches
most colors, other than white, are permissible.
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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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 $1,000.00. 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 $2,700 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: $1,000.00
Average Price: $800.00
Top Quality: $2,700.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 56787 German Shepherd puppies across the United States on

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.

Most Popular German Shepherd Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 56787 German Shepherd dogs.
  • 1. Max
  • 2. Bella
  • 3. Daisy
  • 4. Duke
  • 5. Ace
  • 6. Puppy
  • 7. Sarge
  • 8. Heidi
  • 9. Rosie
  • 10. Harley
  • 11. Rex
  • 12. Bear
  • 13. Sasha
  • 14. Ranger
  • 15. Lucy
  • 16. Abby
  • 17. Holly
  • 18. Willow
  • 19. Toby
  • 20. Rocky

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Anonymous asked:
Why does my nine week old German Shepherd eat his feces?



Yeah younger dogs tend to eat their own feces.


There could be a number of different reasons. He could simply be bored and under stimulated. He could also have been raised in a less than ideal environment and maybe his enclosure wasn't always cleaned. Or, there could also be health implications as to why he is eating his feces. I would always suggest having a thorough vet exam, starting with a fecal test to determine if there are any health reasons behind this behavior and go from there.


Most of the time it is a learned behavior. While they are in the whelping box with their mother, she eats their feces to keep the box clean. So it is a learned behavior most of the time. You will just need to pick up the feces immediately so your puppy doesn't have time to eat it. Eventually, they will stop the habit.

Anonymous asked:
Is it better to own a female shepherd or a male shepherd?



There is no better or worse when it comes to the gender of a dog. The only difference is going to be personal preference of the owner, and whether or not they want to pay for a spay or a neuter. Some people prefer one gender to another, while other people look at the personality of the dog / puppy instead of the gender.


What is important is that you and any family member are open to the puppy choosing you. Male or female has made no difference as far as which is better for me. I have both and each have their own unique personality. Female and males can be equal protective as well as caring and nurturing. Males can tend to spray in the house to mark territory, but females will mark their area as well. bI think it is mainly a preference that you and your family will have.

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Regardless of gender, are German Shepherds protective of there owners?



In short, yes. However, the level of protection a dog will give to its owners is based on a few deciding factors. This includes but is not limited too the linage of the dog, the socialization of the dog as a puppy, and the training the dog has gone through. This breed is naturally protective of its owners, but some linage's are more protective than others. Breeders whom specialize in German Shepherds for protection will have puppies that are well suited to protection work. While a family pet breeder is going to focus on calm, even puppies whom don't show as much protective instincts. Be wary when choosing a breeder, do your research, ask questions and above all else, meet the dam and sire of the puppy. Also meet other pups from previous litters, so you can talk to their owners and get an idea on the levels of protection that linage is throwing.


Yes, but the level of protection is based on the dog's temperament, drive, and training.


Unless you chose a very timid dog and there are some out there. Check out linage, you can research on line also see if the dogs have been used in Schutzhund training and showing, these dogs are bred for protection and are very athletic as well. Play with the puppy yourself and see how it interacts with its littermates


Some dogs do have the innate genetic drives to be able to be properly trained for personal protection work. The vast majority of dogs would rather flee a situation than to stand and fight an attacker. Most will only put on a big show in hopes that the attacker will back away. And most times, that is enough for the average owner. It takes a lot of time, money and dedication paired with just the right dog to have a reliably trained personal protection dog that you can depend on in any type of situation.

Anonymous asked:
Our dog resembles an English Shepherd but has a flat short fluffy tail and is small, around 25 pounds. How do I find out her exact breed?



The best thing to do to find out the true breed or mix of dog you have is to have your dog DNA tested. You can purchase dog DNA tests from either your vet or online. Depending on the one you will purchase will depend on how far back the linage will go. Some only do parents, while others will go back 5 + generations.


I would get your dog DNA tested. There are some websites where you can see back generations upon generations.


I would suggest getting an Embark test done to determine the exact breed of your dog.

Anonymous asked:
Are German Shepherds good with kids but still protect from strangers?



The German Shepherd is a naturally friendly, but loyal dog. What this mixture needs is a TON of socialization as a young dog (a year and under) to learn the difference between friend and foe. A well bred, well trained and well socialized German Shepherd that is raised around children will be loyal, loving, sweet and affectionate with his/her family; but will also be protective if a stranger shows foe behavior.


Typically yes, but they need to be socialized to kids at a young age. As well, the level of protection depends on the dog's temperament, drive, and training.


Mine are all great with kids, doesn't matter if they live with them or not. And all of my dogs would rather defend a kid than to defend an adult. These are super great dogs that are generally good with kids, but as always, you should thoroughly vet any breeder that you are considering getting a dog from.

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Updated: 8/14/2022