What You Need To Know About German Shepherds

German Shepherds, true to their name, were initially used to protect sheep. This easy-to-train breed is excellent as a guard, guide and tracking dog. These canines commonly used by police and armed forces around the globe.

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  1. Commitment

German Shepherds can live up to twelve years. Consider if you will be able to provide the care, training, love and attention required for the full length of the dog’s life.

  1. Time

Aside from daily exercise, it is crucial to devote an immense amount of time to early training. Requiring an abundance of hard work and patience this intense instruction is necessary. Difficult to control, an untrained shepherd can display aggressive behavior.

  1. Affordability

The initial cost of a purebred purchased from a reputable breeder can be substantial. Additionally, you will need to cover the cost of vaccinations, veterinary visits, training, housing, feeding and any other needs that arise for the duration of their life.

  1. Male Or Female

Although equally brave and loving, there are some differences between the two sexes. Males tend to be more territorial, dominant, bigger, more muscular and better with children. Whereas, females are commonly smaller, more protective of their owner and have two heat cycles a year causing her to be irritable to changes in her environment.

  1. Health

Shepherds are predisposed to several diseases, such as aortic stenosis, bloat and hip dysplasia. Before purchasing the puppy, ask the breeder about the health of the litter and parents, get checked by a veterinarian or request a Health Guarantee.

  1. Space and Training

Large and full of energy, these dogs demand plenty of room to exercise. Not suitable for apartments, those left in small or confining spaces are prone to develop dangerous and aggressive behavior.

If you are not an experienced trainer, it is extremely important to enroll yourself and the puppy in an obedience training program.

  1. Environment

Avoid damage by keeping valuables out of reach until your wild puppy is trained. Shepherds bark loudly, so train them to distinguish when and where it is acceptable and prepare for lots of shedding.

  1. Family

Although they bond with the family to an extent, shepherds will chose one person to devote themselves completely. Ensure that the dog does not display aggression towards others interacting with “their human.” As puppies, the excited and energetic playfulness of Shepherd’s may lead them to accidentally injure small children. Their hard mouth (different from other breeds) results in the occurrence of the playfully biting, hard.

  1. Lifestyle

Proper training involves frequent opportunities to potty, day and night. Shepherd’s don’t react well if confined for long stretches without human contact. Jobs or travel that require extended amounts of time of the owner away from the dog are discouraged.