We had a look around the internet searching terms like ‘German Shepherd Facts’, ‘German Shepherd Information’ and ‘What To Know About German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies’, and found some great information and facts about German Shepherds – both adult dogs and puppies.
However, we couldn’t find an easy and simple article outlining everything about German Shepherds we wanted or needed to know.
We decided something needed to be done about that and created this German Shepherd Dogs 101 Guide with all the essential information and facts about German Shepherds for someone looking to buy a puppy, a new owner, or if you just want to know more about this great breed!
Information & Facts About German Shepherds: Ultimate Guide To GSD Dogs and Puppies
If you reading this, you are probably thinking at this stage ‘Tell Me About German Shepherds!’.
Well, welcome to the Biggest and Most Comprehensive Guide on the Internet for the Alsatian, Alsatian Wolf Dog, Berger Allemand, Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund, DSH, GSD… or, what you probably know as the German Shepherd.
All of these names describe a medium to large breed of dog that has quickly become the second most popular breed of dog, despite only being in existence for just over the last hundred years.
Facts About German Shepherd Origin and History
The German Shepherd originated (surprise, surprise) from Germany in 1899.
They are a part of the herding group of dogs, and in particular sheep tending dogs, that were originally bred to both guide and protect flocks of sheep, and prevent them from damaging crops.
If we want to get technical, Captain Max von Stephanitz is the man credited with being the Godfather/Creator of what we now know as the breed called the German Shepherd.
While at a dog show in 1899, a dog named Hektor Linksrhein caught von Stephanitz’s attention. Von Stephanitz was allegedly in awe of the dog’s intelligence, strength and obedience to it’s master – all qualities he valued for the ideal working dog.
After purchasing the dog, von Stephanitz changed its name to Horand von Grafath, made him the center of his breeding program, and registered him under the new breed registry.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is how the modern day German Shepherd breed came to be.
Horand and his many sons and daughters are where all current day Alsatians get their DNA/ genetic material.
What does a German Shepherd Look Like And How Do They Act? German Shepherd Physical Traits and Facts
a) German Shepherd Physical Traits
As a former captain with the German cavalry, von Stephanitz bred the German Shepherd to be the ultimate working and herding dog.
Their physical traits are highlighted by their medium to large body size, long limbs, blend of strength and agility, long elegant movements, and large ears that stand erect. Daily exercise is a must.
Their coat is a double coat – which means they have an undercoat for insulation and a top coat to repel water and dirt.
There are officially 11 colors registered, but the most common and popular color of their coats are tan with a black saddle.
Other colour variations can include black and red/brown, pure white/albino, pure black, sable (wolf grey), liver and tan (browny/tinge of pink), and blue (off/dusty black or silver looking – Google it…they look like a werewolf…how cool is that!!).
I’m going to save you the trouble…here’s your werewolf…I mean Blue German Shepherd.
At TheDailyShep.com, we have written about many of these different colored Alsatians. Read more at:
- The Black German Shepherd Mystery: 5 Mindblowing Answers
- Blue German Shepherd: 7 Secrets, Facts and Information Revealed
- Liver German Shepherd: 7 Answers, Facts and Information Uncovered
- Brindle German Shepherd: 8 Rare Facts and Info
- White German Shepherds: 18 Easy Facts and Info
b) How Old/Long Do German Shepherds Live?
German Shepherds have a lifespan on average up to 13 years old.
c) How Much Do German Shepherds Weigh?
Males average 60-65 cms (24-26 in), and 30-40 kg (66-88 lb). Females average 55-60 cms (22-24 in), and 22-32 kg (49-71 lb). Read more about growth of Alsatian Dogs and Puppies in How Big Will My German Shepherd Get?
King German Shepherds get much bigger than this. You can read more in King German Shepherd: Colossal Guide – 15 Things You Want To Know
d) How Fast Can A German Shepherd Run?
Much has been made of the athleticism of the German Shepherd.
One of the cooler facts about German Shepherds is that they have a running speed that is comparable to the Belgian Malinois dog breed, topping at an impressive speed at around 30mph/40kph.
Both of these breeds are used in the police and military forces because of this speed and athleticism, aswell their work ethic and intelligence.
e) Can German Shepherds Swim, and Do They Like Swimming?
Read about this topic in Do German Shepherds Like To Swim? Like, Or Hate Water?
Do you go boating often, or spend alot of time around the water and are thinking of getting a German Shepherd? You may want to read German Shepherds and Dogs On Boats: 7 Safety Tips + Checklist, and Best German Shepherd Life Jacket.
f) How Long Do German Shepherds Sleep?
One of the interesting facts about German Shepherds and large dogs is that they don’t spend alot of time in deep sleep.
Because of this lack of quality sleep, they have irregular sleeping patterns and can sleep up to 18 hours a day to recharge.
It really does depend on the dog though. Picking a good bed is important so both you and your GSD get good sleep, and especially for large dogs to both prevent and manage joint problems (hard surfaces are bad for joints). Read about the best beds for Alsatians at The Daily Shep:
Different Types of German Shepherd and Lines
Over time, the German Shepherd has been bred specifically to produce a type of German Shepherd.
Types and lines can be divided into geographic location, and further into whether it’s being bred for Show Lines or Working Lines.
American Show lines focus on appearance, whilst European Show lines focus on health and temperament, in addition to appearance. West German show lines must also exhibit working abilities.
Working lines generally focus less on appearance and more on physical and working ability, character traits, and health.
Courage, drive, endurance, obedience, intelligence and strength are some of the qualities working line German Shepherds are bred to exhibit.
For purebred German Shepherds, the interpretation or conformance to the breed standard differs between geographic locations.
American conformance is based more around appearance, whilst European interpretation also takes into account physical abilities and health.
Based on the above criteria, there are 5 lines (6 including mixes) of German Shepherds:
1) North American and Canadian Show Line German SHepherds
American and Canadian GSD’s are primarily bred for their appearance.
Their bodies are tall, narrow and long, and they possess a sloped back with an acute angle at the rear/hip.
These dogs generally have a softer temperament than working dogs, less intensity and are great family dogs.
2) West German Show Line German Shepherds
In addition to its parents being purebred and passing appearance standards, this line of GSD must meet health and temperament standards.
Although the West German show lines are bred for showing at competitions, they must exhibit working ability to compete.
Body proportions of this dog generally include a stocky/bulky build, a thick head and bone structure, curved back rather than one that angles straight down and a redder tinge in the color of their coat.
They possess few health problems. They make a good family dog, but they do have high energy and a high mental drive.
Even though they are show dogs, these dogs are generally good working dogs, but are not suitable for protection or military work.
3) East German/DDR Working Line German Shepherds
These dogs were originally bred in East Germany, when the area was separated from West Germany by the Berlin Wall, after World War II.
The line was bred specifically for protection and military services – guarding, patrol, tracking and attack. Because breeding was so well isolated, the standards of these dogs were kept extremely high.
Only dogs free of hip dysplasia were bred together, so they had very few health issues.
Physical appearance and makeup is that of a strong boned and muscled dog, broad shoulders, angled back, powerful legs and jaws, and large heads.
These dogs had to possess many of the qualities human soldiers do – endurance, iron will and focus, supreme athleticism (they are the special forces equivalent of the dog world!), courage and intelligence.
They display high intensity, high energy and can make good family dogs, but show line GSDs are more popular amongst families. They can come across as on-edge andhave demanding exercise and training requirements.
Read more in East German/DDR German Shepherd: 8 Most Important Facts.
4) West German Working Line German Shepherds
This line was bred in West Germany on the other side of the Berlin wall.
It was not bred for military purposes, but rather it’s working ability and sometimes its appearance.
Their physical profile is more sloped than Eastern lines which have an angle to their back and a drop at the hips. This line displays a variance in body profile form dog to dog.
They have high energy and drive and therefore have high exercise and training requirements.
Their calm and relaxed demeanour around people means they can be a good family dog.
5) Czech Working Line German Shepherds
Very similar and sometimes even referred to as the DDR/Czech German Shepherd.
After WWII, Czechoslovakia shared a border with East Germany. Like the East Germany German Shepherd, Czech German Shepherds experienced isolated breeding restricted to the border stations on the Czech/German border.
Czech German Shepherds were bred to pass health standards and display working ability, specifically, patrolling the the Czech border on Germany and Austria and protecting their military owners.
Their physical profile is very similar to DDR German Shepherds with the angled back (as opposed to a rounded slope), and dropped hips.
They display all the same energy, drive, endurance, athleticism, and exercise/training requirements of DDR German Shepherds. They are similarly not recommended as family dogs.
Read more in Czech German Shepherd: 9 Facts You Must Know
6) Various Mixes of Lines
Mix breeding between the lines is said to produce dogs that combine the features of each line.
For example, breeding a East German and West German working line German Shepherd together might produce a dog with wide ranging working ability, but also a calm demeanor around people – and hence, be suitable as a family dog.
There are also mix breed Alsatians that are crossed with other breeds of dogs. Read more about mix breed and hybrid Alsatians in 15 Most Popular German Shepherd Mix and Hybrid Dogs
German Shepherd Puppies Information
The best GSD puppies come from breeders, animal shelters and German Shepherd rescuers. You should steer clear of buying from a pet store, backyard type breeders, or unregistered/poor quality internet based breeders.
In particular with a German Shepherd puppy, you’ll want medical vet-check papers with evidence of Hip and elbow evaluations, in addition to the basic dog registration, worming and vaccinations.
The OFA (Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals) offers ratings for dogs’ hips and elbows as Excellent, Good and Fail. It’s good to ask for ratings of the dog’s parents too.
The last specific piece of information about german shepherd puppies is knowing what sort of GSD you want.
You may have a preference for a color, but different lines of GSD’s also have different temperaments, physical qualities and suitability for different lifestyles of their owners.
Pick the right GSD for your needs and lifestyle. Fortunately we have you covered – read more information about German Shepherd Puppies at The Daily Shep:
We recommend looking at rescue shelters before going to a breeder.
a) How Much Is a German Shepherd?
You will be looking at paying around $300-$2500 USD or more for an average GSD puppy from a respected breeder, depending on a number of factors (show dogs can cost a lot!), and if it’s a true pure breed.
A puppy from an animal shelter or rescue organization can be purchased for $50-$200 USD. Some organisations will rehome a dog free of charge.
Facts About German Shepherd Temperament, Personality Traits, Characteristics and Behavior
You can read all about Alsatian Temperament in German Shepherd Temperament: 7 Important Things To Know.
But, do German Shepherds make good pets? In short, yes they do.
There is a reason the GSD is the second most popular breed among dog owners.
The first registered German Shepherd, Horand von Grafath, was chosen for his intelligence, strength and ‘obedient fidelity to his master’ – the ideal working dog.
Traditionally, a GSD is characterized by this intelligence, confidence, focus and obedience that is required for working roles.
A GSD ranges from moderate energy levels to extremely energetic. All GSDs require daily exercise of no less than 20-30 minutes.
As discussed in this guide, different lines of GSDs will have their own qualities and temperaments.
In reality, there has been a lot of breeding between the GSD lines, and even cross breeding (with other breeds) of the modern day GSD.
Depending on the genetics, lineage and the way the puppy is raised, modern GSDs may suffer from health and temperament problems – such as hip dysplasia and an unstable temperament.
The best way to ensure you get what you are looking for in a puppy or new GSD is to stick to registered breeders, shelters and rescues, in addition to doing your own research.
Read more about managing certain German Shepherd mental or behavioral issues at TheDailyShep.com:
- Why Is My German Shepherd So Scared? And How To Fix It
- Why Does My German Shepherd Eat His or Her Poop? 7 Reasons, 5 Solutions
- German Shepherd Aggression, Attacking and Biting: What To Do?
- German Shepherd Dog Anxiety and Separation Anxiety: What Is It, And How To Treat It?
a) Are German Shepherds Good Family Dogs?
GSDs by nature are protective of their territory and very loyal to their owner and immediate family (who they consider as part of their pack). They will by instinct be alert around strangers. This makes them an excellent family dog, and they can become your child’s best friend.
Read more about this topic in Are German Shepherds Good With Kids/Babies, Families and Other Pets?
b) Are German Shepherds Good With Other Dogs?
German Shepherds are fantastic with other dogs as long as you teach them to be that way.
It’s very important to socialize a GSD from a young age (with humans and other dogs), and train a GSD puppy not to be aggressive or defensive in response to everyday or common events.
A German Shepherd’s watchful personality will mean they are naturally cautious around new dogs, and they will usually bark around unfamiliar animals they perceive to be in their territory.
German Shepherd Health Problems
German Shepherds along with other breeds of larger dogs experience a higher rate of suffering from hip and elbow dysplasia which may cause arthritis later in the dog’s life (caused mainly by genetics and poor breeding practices).
Hip Dysplasia mainly affects the rear leg joints in middle to older aged dogs, where the joint and surrounding tissue loosens, and the bones in the joint move further apart (the technical term being ‘sublaxation’).
Irregular walking or running action (moving with a ‘gait’ or limp), stiffness in movement, or not being able to move at all, are all symptoms of various progressions of hip dysplasia.
If the dog does not experience pain or discomfort initially, it is likely it will as it ages as arthritis sets in.
Apart from picking your dog from a breeder that certifies the hip history of the puppy’s family tree, hip dysplasia can not be prevented, only managed.
Good nutrition, adequate and proper exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight is a German Shepherd’s best shot at managing hip dysplasia and it’s effects.
Once joint deterioration reaches more significant levels, medical and/or surgical treatment is available to treat the progression of hip dysplasia. Surgery is often too expensive for most pet owners, so treatments like supplements and pain relief are a viable option.
Dogbiz list some of the other more minor health issues you may encounter with your German Shepherd puppy or adult dog, along with suggested remedies.
Being a large dog, German Shepherds can be prone to obesity. Make sure not to overfeed your GSD in terms of amount of food, as well as watching the calorie information of the food you are feeding them.
In the realm of fleas and ticks, GSDs have thick coats which can hide these critters. You should know there is flea prevention which is mandatory, and flea treatment and control for when your GSD actually has a case of fleas.
Doctors Foster and Smith at Pet Education offer qualified advice on most other major and minor dog conditions at Pet Education.
We would like to stress that our content is for informational purposes only at The Daily Shep. Always consult a qualified vet concerning the health and well-being of your GSD. This goes for any advice you read on the internet.
Read more about German Shepherd Health and Care in:
- Best Flea Treatment For German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies
- 20 Best Natural and Home Remedies For Fleas On Dogs and German Shepherds
- Best Supplements and Vitamins For German Shepherds With joint Problems
- Why Is My German Shepherd So Itchy?
Facts About German Shepherd Water and Food
1) Best German Shepherd Water Facts
All dogs need ample clean water to drink. Refill and clean your dog’s water bowl daily, or invest in a water auto filling, or filtering device. Knowing how much water to give your GSD is one of the basic but very important facts about German Shepherd to know.
A GSD puppy needs 4oz/115ml every 2 hours.
A full grown GSD male needs approximately 2000 ml/67 oz per day, whilst females will take around 1600 ml/54 oz.
Other factors that can affect how much water your dog drinks include size, food (wet or dry), age, exercise, weather and medication taken.
We wrote a more comprehensive article on the best water and fountain advice for German Shepherds.
2) Best German Shepherd Food Facts
You can read the complete guide on the Best Food For Your German Shepherd Dog and Puppy at The Daily Shep.
But, if you are buying commercial food for your German Shepherd, it is a good idea to make sure the product has been approved by your country’s animal food regulation board (the AAFCO in the US).
Custom food plans should ideally be vet approved – especially if your GSD suffers from diabetes, epilepsy, food allergies or hyperactivity.
Generally, you want to feed your GSD high digestibility foods. What this means is it is based around good sources of human grade meat/protein like beef, lamb, chicken (look for meats to be listed first instead of ingredients like corn), has little filler and plenty of minerals and vitamins.
Overall, Dogster.com recommends to look for foods with few to no fillers or animal-by-products, all-natural and/or organic, no preservatives or artificial additives and high in Omega-3 which is good for your dog’s coat.
You should note that your GSD will require different levels of minerals and vitamins depending on it’s stage of life or health status:
- GSD Puppies –less nutrient rich to prevent large dogs from growing too quick and developing dysplasia
- Adult GSDs – food containing natural joint supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate
- Senior GSDs – require more digestible food richer in nutrients
- Overweight GSDs – food with more fill and less calories
- Pregnant GSDs – balanced high quality diet of proteins, carbs and fats. Premium dog food can work well
German Shepherd food types range from wet or canned, to dry foods and kibble. There are also premium, grain free, raw meat and natural/homemade variations. Each of these food and diet types contains different benefits and drawbacks.
Dry food benefits are longer shelf life, naturally cleans your GSD’s teeth, and less expensive. Drawbacks are that it sometimes contains higher levels of animal fat, gluten and less high quality meat sources.
Wet and canned food benefits are that it’s easier for puppies to consume and contains higher levels of protein and moisture. Disadvantages are that it can be more expensive, spoils quickly once opened, and is generally higher in calories than dry food.
You don’t have to choose one or the other. In fact, feeding your GSD a mix of both can be ideal!
Foods you generally want to avoid feeding to your GSD include:
- Grapes and Raisins – Reports have implicated large amounts of grapes and raisins in acute kidney failure in dogs. The kidney shutdown is so dramatic that aggressive treatment may be necessary to save your dog’s life.
- Chocolate – Chocolate, especially baker’s chocolate, can cause a range of problems, including cardiovascular difficulties and even seizures.
- Onions – A quarter cup of onions can induce hemolytic anemia, a severe but usually temporary condition. Serious cases can even require a blood transfusion.
- Corncobs – Some people think it is interesting to watch their dogs deal with corncobs but they can mortally impact the intestines.
If your German Shepherd isn’t touching its food, read more about this in Why Is My German Shepherd So Skinny and Won’t Eat?
German Shepherd Grooming and Appearance
At times you’ll wonder whether you own a German Shepherd or a German Shedder.
German shepherds shed their medium to long haired coats all year round, but also more heavily twice a year.
Brushing your GSD regularly and having a strong vacuum handy is a good idea if you want to minimize hair all over the house and on your clothes.
It is important only to bathe your GSD when it really needs it. Bathing him or her too regularly can strip their coat of natural and healthy oils.
Dry food, Chew toys or bones are the best way to keep your GSD’s teeth clean.
a) Do German Shepherds Smell?
German Shepherds are quite clean dogs for among all the dog breeds.
They are not smelly, but like all dog breeds, they do have a ‘doggy smell’ after going a while without a bath – especially if you exercise them regularly like you should be. One bath every 6-8 weeks should do the trick!
German Shepherd Mental Health, Stimulation and Exercise
One of the cool facts about German Sheherd is they are one of the top three most intelligent dog breeds.
The best way to stimulate your German Shepherd from a young age is to exercise it regularly with a brisk walk, trip to the dog park or run, and of course keep him or her mentally stimulated throughout the day with socialisation, toys and bones.
They require a consistent and dominant owner/leader, and because of their strong sense of loyalty, can suffer anxiety if you leave them alone too long.
GSDs generally have high levels of energy and are quite powerful physically. To satisfy their physical requirements, exercise them at least half hour a day to an hour a day.
Working lines like the East German/DDR Alsatian, and Czech German Shepherd tend to need very high levels of both mental and physical stimulation. These lines love being involved in working roles and German Shepherd sports like Schutzhund (tracking, protection and obedience based), agility, dock diving and more.
Read more about German Shepherd Exercise on The Daily Shep in:
- Exercise For German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies: 20 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Exercises
- Camping and Hiking With Your German Shepherd Dog: Top 11 Tips + Checklist
- German Shepherd Schutzhund: Complete Guide
German Shepherd Behavior and Obedience Training
If you haven’t read it already, have a read of How To Train A German Shepherd: 10 Expert Tips and Advice.
GSD’s should be trained sufficiently and taken to puppy school like any other dog breed.
There are probably three things in particular to be aware of with GSDs from a young age – teach them obedience, socialise them and give them mental stimulation.
If not given proper obedience training, in rare cases GSDs can behave aggressively towards strangers (to protect their owner), and assert territory dominance over other people and dogs.
From a young age, GSD’s should be taught the difference between non-threatening dogs, animals and people by exposure to them and socialization. This is simply letting your Alsatian know acceptable behavior.
It is important as the owner that you assert yourself as the leader of your GSD (be gentle and positive, but firm). As an alpha breed, your GSD will look to become the alpha of your house if it does not have strong and positive leadership from you.
Furthermore, because GSD’s are so intelligent, they need interesting ways to stay stimulated, especially when left alone – otherwise they can get destructive. Regular exercise, toys, bones and getting them out of the house will help with this.
GSDs are not naturally dogs with negative behavior traits. Apart from a genetic pre-disposition for aggressive behavior (which can occur in any dog), these traits are brought on mainly by bad breeding, or mistreatment/neglect as a puppy.
Lastly, different lines of GSD’s have different personalities and temperaments. You probably don’t want a working line GSD as a family dog, and you wouldn’t get a show line GSD if you are looking for a working dog.
Read more at The Daily Shep about German Shepherd Obedience and Training in:
- How To Potty Train A German Shepherd Dog Or Puppy
- German Shepherd On Leash Training
- German Shepherd Off Leash Training
- German Shepherd Heeling Training
- German Shepherd In Car Training
- German Shepherd Swimming Training
- Stop Your German Shepherd Jumping On You and Other People + Over The Fence
- Crate Training For German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies
- Train German Shepherd Puppy To Stop Biting
You can also read about the best training equipment for your German Shepherd Dog or Puppy here at TheDailyShep.com:
- Best Collar For German Shepherd Dog Or Puppy
- Best Harness For German Shepherd Dog or Puppy
- Best Lead or Leash For German Shepherd Dog or Puppy
- Best Crate For German Shepherd Dog or Puppy: Buyer’s Guide
a) Are German Shepherds Easy To Train
Yes. GSDs are eager to please their owners and trainers, and have the capacity to do so because of their high intelligence.
They were bred to be extremely versatile from picking up basic household obedience, all the way up to complicated protection and military based work and specialised training.
Facts About German Shepherds in Modern Society and Roles
Apart from being the second most popular domestic dog breed, German Shepherds play other very important roles in modern society.
GSDs have led the blind, worked with the police (criminal pursuit and drug sniffing) and military, visited the hospitalised/sick as therapy dogs, and of course been used in a herding and working capacity.
German Shepherds have also gained fame and country wide prominence having featured in movie staring roles –Rin Tin Tin, and to search the ruins of the World Trade Centre after the 9/11 Terror Attacks.
Pure Bred German Shepherds, German Shepherd Mix and Short Haired vs. Long Haired
1) Miniature German Shepherds
I’m going to break your heart just a little (we’ve actually broken this secret before on The Daily Shep)….
The Miniature German Shepherd isn’t technically a German Shepherd. It’s simply a cross-breed between a German Shepherd and a smaller dog breed – such as a Poodle or Terrier.
That, or the GSD has dwarfism.
Dwarfism does exist in the German Shepherd, but it’s very rare. German shepherd dwarfism is interesting in that the limbs of these dogs are not out of proportion, they are just considerably smaller than a normal sized German Shepherd, and are in fact really cute.
Read more about Miniature German Shepherds at The Daily Shep – Are You Ready For It? That ONE Secret About Miniature German Shepherds.
2) Short Haired vs Long Haired German Shepherds
In some circles online, there seems to be a debate about Long Haired vs. Short Haired German Shepherds. This debate is in fact incorrect from the outset.
German Shepherds have in medium (not short) or long hair coats. Both coats shed regularly.
The medium haired German Shepherds are considered standard, whilst the long haired German Shepherds are rarer and further from the pure breed due to their recessive genes (less likely for long haired genes to get passed on to new litters) and the simple fact there are less breeders.
You can usually tell a long haired German Shepherd apart from a medium or short haired German Shepherd obviously by coat length (long haired GSDs look a lot more fluffy), but long haired GSDs also have sprouts of hair around the insides of their ears and around their toes.
Read more about Long Haired German Shepherds at The Daily Shep in Long Haired German Shepherds: 11 Fast Facts and Info.
3) German Shepherd Mix and Hybrid Dogs
We wrote about German Shepherd Mix and Hybrid Dogs at length at TheDailyShep.com in our article “15 Most Popular German Shepherd Mix and Hybrid Dogs“.
Is a German Shepherd Right for Me?
Below are some questions that you may consider when determining if a German Shepherd Dog is right for you:
- 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?
You can find out more information about upfront costs and yearly owner costs over at German Shepherd Training Info.
Pros and Cons of Owning a German Shepherd
To be honest, the GSD is the second most popular dog for a reason.
We wrote a list of pros and cons of German Shepherds already on TheDailyShep.com, if you want to read further.
Buying a German Shepherd
Once you have made the decision that a GSD is the right dog for, consider these questions in the buying process:
- What line of GSD do you want – working or show line?
- Are you going to buy from a breeder, rescue or adopt a GSD?
- Have you got a health check – in particular for Hip and Elbow Dysplasia?
- Can you afford the vet bills, registration, food and other yearly costs?
For more considerations, read Raising German Shepherd Puppies: Guide From Buying To Owning.
As mentioned above, if you are looking for a German Shepherd, consider going to a rescue shelter before buying from a breeder.
Popular German Shepherd Male and Female Puppy Dog Names
We looked at alot of name lists for dogs and German Shepherds on the internet, and they all seemed to regurgitate the same alphabetical lists without giving much guidance on picking a name. Well, we tried to fix that with the following article on The Daily Shep:
You can go through the name lists and ideas by gender, cool, top, touch, cute and more. Happy hunting!
Finding German Shepherd Breeders and German Shepherd Puppies for Sale
We believe in adopting a German Shepherd first, before considering buying from a breeder.
TheDailyShep.com has compiled a comprehensive guide where you can find out all about German Shepherd puppies and breeders you are looking for in the US state by state, and even down to a local level!
If you want to do it yourself or you want some safety and quality guidelines, we also give you information about German Shepherd puppies in Raising German Shepherd Puppies: Guide From Buying To Owning.
Adopting A German Shepherd, Rescue Centres, Kennels and Rehoming
If you want to look into adopting a German Shepherd, rescue centres, kennels and re-homing, we suggest you read the following The Daily Shepherd adoption guide:
You can search for adoption and rescue centres by US state.
German Shepherd Clubs and Associations
A major club which is often referred to as the parent German Shepherd club in America is The German Shepherd Dog Club of America.
The American Kennel Club also has a club directory you can search for other major clubs along with specific types of clubs ranging from obedience, to tracking and show clubs.
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