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Pet Hangout proudly starts a new series today dedicated to Dog Breeds.
Our goal is to help you understand your breed of choice and give you food for thought before taking the plunge on adopting any type of dog. There are always pros and cons to any breed of dog - knowledge is power and we want to help!
Name: Deutshe Schaferhund
The Shepherd is considered a “workhorse” breed that is absolutely gorgeous in my opinion. He is a large dog that carries himself with confidence and strength. Being an all purpose worker, this breed is very strong and muscular and of the utmost intelligence!
The male ranges from 24-26 inches tall and 65-90 pounds. The female ranges from 22-24 inches tall and 50-70 pounds. Their life expectancy is anywhere from 7 - 10 years. Their colors range from Black, Black & Tan, Sable, Black & Red, Grey, and Black & Silver.
These beauties are some of the noblest and loyal of all dogs and ranked # 2 in popularity by registrations with the AKC. A regal body and stance marked by large, alert ears and a lowered hindquarters make these dogs look very unique and beautiful.
A shepherd puppy is going to need lots and lots of stimulation. They are curious, strong, and have the need to discover always. Make sure you have challenging puzzles and toys to keep them occupied. Otherwise, they may use your home decor for entertainment!
They are the ultimate herding dog. Can be aloof at times and independent. Loyalty and character are their strengths - they are even willing to put their life on the line for a loved one.
Profile of the perfect German Shepherd dog parent:
Questions to ponder before taking the leap with this dog:
Check out this intro video on the German Shepherd...
Shepherd at a glance (score 1 - 10 1 = low/small; 10 = high/large)
Care Demand: 9
Good with children/elderly: 3 (this could vary based on their environment as a pup)
Needs to be around humans: 5
Can be independent: 8
Likes to be around other animals: 6
Loud - barks often: 7
Destructive as a puppy: 8
Destructive as an adult: 4
Health issues: 10
Life Expectancy: 6
Needs lots of exercise: 8
Whiney grade: 7
Needs lots of grooming: 9
Amount of Food/Day: 7
Puppy Troubles: 8
More about the Shepherd:
Notable Cool Facts: Loyal, Strong, Courageous, Regal, Fierce, 3rd in line of intelligence out of 100 top breeds. Can learn simple tasks after only 5 repetitions.
History: Originated from Germany in the mid-1800’s; Worked as herders of sheep and protected them from harm.
Common Health Issues: dysplasia (both hip and elbow), bloat, diabetes, degenerative disc disorder, cataracts, hemophilia, epilepsy
There are a lot of things to think about when searching for a reputable Shepherd breeder. Please check out German Shepherd Corner’s post on how to find a reputable breeder. It is very important to do your homework so you will understand the potential issues with breeders.
It’s full of a wealth of information on questions to ask, things to look for, the different types of breeders, and all the good, bad, and ugly of the breeding world. Educate yourself with the facts first before talking to a breeder for the love of the German Shepherd Breed!
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