In this article we attempt to answer some commonly and not so commonly asked questions about GSDs (German Shepherd Dogs).
It should give you a ‘German Shepherd Dogs 101’ type rundown of what to expect from this breed – but it’s purely for information purposes, as we alway recommend to see your vet before making decisions for your dog.
A great complement to this rundown is Information & Facts About German Shepherds: Ultimate Guide To GSD Dogs and Puppies. This is a 5000+ word guide we’ve written on every aspect of the GSD breed – so you can find many more answers you’re looking for inside that guide.
German Shepherd Dogs 101 – Commonly Asked Questions and Answers
Can German Shepherds…
Can German Shepherds be left alone?
Firstly, German Shepherds are extremely intelligent, so they need moderate to high amounts of both mental and physical stimulation.
In most cases, leaving your GSD alone for a few hours shouldn’t be a problem, but any longer than that and you want to make sure they don’t start getting lonely, and that they have tools to keep their minds occupied like toys and bones.
Can German Shepherds eat watermelon?
Can German Shepherds live outside?
German Shepherds are a very versatile and adaptable breed, and in most cases shouldn’t have any issues with living outside if they are given the correct obedience training.
Most vets recommend you don’t leave your GSD outside until at least 12 weeks or 3 months old.
You should also be careful of leaving your GSD outside in extremely hot or extremely cold conditions. Speak to your vet about what the best approach is to living conditions.
Can Shepherds eat bananas?
Feeding your German Shepherd bananas in moderation can be beneficial for him or her.
Will German Shepherds…
Will German Shepherd protect without training?
GSDs are naturally territorial, aloof around strangers and seek to protect their family from both animals and humans they identify to be a threat.
It’s best to socialise your puppy from a young age to help them determine what is and isn’t a danger to them and their family i.e. you.
Will German Shepherds run away?
German Shepherds were bred for their ‘loyal fidelity to their master’.
If you train your dog, and teach him/her obedience from a young age and enforce it in everyday life, the risk of your German Shepherd running away is quite low. You may want to read:
- German Shepherd Jumping: On Me, Other People and Over the Fence!
- How To Train A German Shepherd: 10 Expert Tips
Will German Shepherd ears stand up?
A German Shepherd puppy’s ears can stand up, droop down, and stand back up again while they are still teething.
It’s important not to get to concerned during this period which can last up until about 6 months of age.
A German Shepherd puppy’s ears that have been damaged in some way to effect the form may not stand back up.
Some owners choose to employ methods like ‘taping’ to attempt to get the ears to stand up again.
Will German Shepherd attack its owner?
It is rare to see a German Shepherd that has been taught obedience and has been socialised attack its owner.
German Shepherds are by nature extremely loving with their owner and good with kids, babies, older children and families.
You can read more about reasons for German Shepherd Aggression here.
How to train a German Shepherd?
There are several key elements to training a German Shepherd. You want to ensure you take your puppy to puppy school, and that you apply the principles of being a good trainer and maintain boundaries and limits in your household.
You can read How To Train A German Shepherd: 10 Expert Tips and Advice for more information.
We also have an archive of other training articles you might like to read:
How much are German Shepherd puppies?
German Shepherd puppies can range anywhere from $300-$2500 depending on a range of factors including but not limited to –
- experience and quality of the breeder
- purebred or mix breed
- Line and pedigree of GSD – competition and high quality working dogs can cost alot!
- Health checks, vaccinations, de-worming, microchip and other costs that have been passed on
How much are white German Shepherd puppies?
Some consider it bad ethics to breed German Shepherds or any dog for a specific color or size (this is a complicated issue and depends on a few factors).
As a good rule of thumb, always look to see that the dog’s welfare and health are put first in any breeding program.
Technically, you shouldn’t pay anymore for a White German Shepherd than a standard tan and black GSD.
You can read a guide here – White German Shepherds: 18 Easy Facts and Info.
How many puppies can a German Shepherd have at a time?
Some breeders report up to 15 puppies being born in any one litter.
How many puppies are in a German Shepherd litter?
On average, there are around 8 German Shepherds produced per litter. With around 60,000 German Shepherds registered yearly in the US with major associations, there’s around 7000 to 8000 registered GSD puppy litters produced each year.
What is the difference between a German Shepherd and an Alsatian?
There is no difference between a German Shepherd and an Alsatian. ‘Alsatian’ is another name for the German Shepherd.
What is a sable German Shepherd?
Sable is a color variation of the German Shepherd breed, which people often refer to as a Blue German Shepherd.
You can read more about the Sable/Blue German Shepherd here.
What is a German Shepherd?
A German Shepherd is a working breed of dog, specifically herding, originating from Germany. Read more about the history of the GSD here.
What is the price of a German Shepherd in the UK?
A standard purebred German Shepherd puppy in the UK will cost around £800-£1200.
What is the price of a German Shepherd in india?
A German Shepherd puppy in India can cost anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 Indian Rupees.
Who to train a German Shepherd?
The best person to train a German Shepherd is the person who will be spending the most time around them throughout their life – which is usually the owner.
Sometimes professional trainers are required for cases of protection training, aggression training, or combatting anxiety and other negative behaviors.
Who breeds the German Shepherd?
German Shepherds were orginally bred in Germany, but can now be found in most parts of the world.
If you live in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe, there is a high chance you can find a respected breeder in your local area or state.
Consider these questions when finding a breeder for your German Shepherd – Raising German Shepherd Puppies: Guide From Buying To Owning.
Who should get a German Shepherd?
German Shepherds require daily exercise, stimulation, room to move around, maintenance costs and generally those with a lifestyle that can devote time and care to them.
If you a someone who is time poor, impatient, or don’t have the finances to support a dog, a German Shepherd may not be for you.
Who are the best German Shepherd breeders?
We compiled a 14 point checklist for you to consider when picking a breeder to purchase your German Shepherd.
Read the checklist at Raising German Shepherd Puppies: Guide From Buying To Owning.
When is a German Shepherd full grown?
Read How Big Will My German Shepherd Get? for German Shepherd growth rates and sizes.
When does a German Shepherd stop growing?
After the first 6 months to 1 year old, a German Shepherd’s growth rate will slow noticeably.
When to train German Shepherd puppy?
German Shepherd Puppies can be taught potty training and basic commands from the age of about 4 weeks old inside the house.
It is generally safe to take your German Shepherd puppy outside the house and introduce him or her to puppy school after about 12-16 weeks old.
When to breed a German Shepherd?
Only professionals should breed a German Shepherd or any dog. It takes experience, health testing, hip checking, and those with knowledge of bloodlines and genetics to be a competent breeder.
Some professionals put the German Shepherd breeding age at around 2 years of age.
Where to buy a German Shepherd?
If you want to be ethical, you should seek a rescue shelter first before you consider a breeder.
There are many dogs out there who don’t have a home and would love your love and care in return for theirs.
If you insist on finding a breeder, read Raising German Shepherd Puppies: Guide From Buying To Owning and contact a German Shepherd club in your area or country to locate reputable breeders.
Where to adopt a German Shepherd puppy?
You can adopt or rescue a German Shepherd from rescue shelters. Search for a local rescue organisation in your area and consider this article before you adopt a dog – Raising German Shepherd Puppies: Guide From Buying To Owning.
Where is a German Shepherd from?
German Shepherds were originally bred in Germany in 1899.
Where should I get a German Shepherd?
You should first look to get a German Shepherd from a rescue shelter as their is millions of homeless dogs out there.
If you choose this option, you might like to read German Shepherd Rescue and Adoption List (US): Find A Rescue Near Me
Your second option is to go to a breeder – German Shepherd Breeders: Find Best US Breeders Near Me.
Why should I get a German Shepherd?
To determine if a German Shepherd is right for you, consider some of the following questions:
- Are you looking for a working dog, or do you enter your dogs in showing competitions (working or show lines)?
- Are you in a flat or property with a big backyard? (German Shepherds are big and require exercise – high energy)
- Do you have children? (German Shepherds make great dogs for anyone)
- What’s your lifestyle like (busy or time to walk the dog)?
- Are you financially stable?
Why buy a German Shepherds?
Only buy a German Shepherd is you have the lifestyle to accommodate one. If you think you do, you might like to read 16 Amazing Pros and Cons of Owning a German Shepherd.
Why German Shepherds are the best?
German Shepherds are the second most popular dog breed in the US. But, you don’t just want to look at the positives, you also want to know what isn’t so great about owning a GSD.
Why are German Shepherds puppies black?
Not all German Shepherd puppies are born black. The standard black and tan GSDs are born darker, and tend to lighten as they mature. Other bi-color GSDs tend to do the same with their dominant color.
Single color GSDs vary in their color maturation process.
It is best to look at the parents of a GSD to get a better idea of what color they might develop by 6-12 months of age.
Why does my German Shepherd shake in his or her sleep?
Animal experts theorise that during deep sleep (REM sleep), dogs and German Shepherds might shake or sleep in response to the dream that they are experiencing – like running or walking.
So, some twitching is considered normal.
Why are German Shepherds so loyal?
German Shepherds owe their loyalty to their breeding origins.
The man credited with creating the breed, Max von Stephanitz, wanted to create the ideal working dog. The dog he used (Horand von Grafrath) as the original stud and first registered German Shepherd, possessed this loyalty trait as part of what von Stephanitz saw as one of the many traits the ideal working dog should possess.
Do German Shepherds smell?
German Shepherds don’t smell any more or less than most other breeds of dog.
A bath every 6-8 weeks is a good balance between keeping your GSD smelling nice, and making sure to maintain the natural oils in its coat.
Do German Shepherds howl?
German Shepherds tend to bark or howl either when left alone for too long and they lack stimulation or are scared, or if what they perceive to be a threat is approaching them or their family.
Proper exercise and socialisations and training can help limit barking and howling.
Do German Shepherds shed alot?
In short, yes. German Shepherds have a double coat of medium to long haired (depending on the type) fur which they shed all year.
They also shed very heavily twice a year between the hotter and cooler seasons – to help with insulation.
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