German Shepherd

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.

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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.

Does your German Shepherd bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new German Shepherd puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
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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German Shepherd Questions

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?

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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.

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

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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.

Can you breed a German Shepherd and a Vizsla?

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The question is not if you can, but if you should. Should you? No. You shouldn't. There are over 400 different breeds of dogs in the world because we have specially bred each breed to look, act, and be able to do a different job with us or for us. The German Shepherd in itself is a beautiful, powerful breed of dog. While the Vizsla is very hard working and has stamina oozing out of every pour. Whenever you mix two or more breeds together, you are not going to know what the set-standard for each puppy is going to be. Some may take all the good qualities out of both breeds, while others might take the not-so-good ones. Responsible, knowledgeable and reputable breeders work tirelessly to continue the breed standard and improve the breed with each litter of puppies. There is nothing wrong with a mix-breed dog, but for breeders who work so hard, and put all their time, effort, and money into producing the best puppies they can from their lines; it is an insult to mix breeds together just for the sake of doing it.

Are German Shepherd dogs good with small dogs?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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My German Shepherds got along really well with our Cocker Spaniels.

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I've had two German Shepherd dogs. Both grew up with cats and got along well with them. Pack leader was a little four pound declawed cat. I brought in another cat that ran and was terrorized. I had to give that cat away.

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