Short Haired German Shepherd: 7 Things You Want To Know



In this guide about the short haired German Shepherd, we answered 7 of the most commonly asked questions about this type of GSD.

Technically, a short haired German Shepherd is not really a type of GSD, but rather just an available coat length.

Coat length is more of a variable, just like coat color and coat pattern.

You can read about the German Shepherd types within the the breed in this guide where we discuss the 5 different bloodlines of German Shepherds if you are interested.

Let’s look into the short haired German Shepherd a bit deeper…


Short Haired German Shepherd: 7 Things You Want To Know


What Is A Short Haired German Shepherd?

A short haired German Shepherd is a term used to describe a German Shepherd with a short coat length compared to the medium and long haired German Shepherds – short hair could unofficially  be classified as around 1 inch in length.

To put that in perspective, there are 4 unofficial types of German Shepherd coats:

  • Short length coat with an undercoat (around 1 inch in length)
  • Medium length coat with undercoat, often referred to as a plush coat. This is the most common coat and is the desired type of coat for dog shows (around 1 to 2 inches in length)
  • Long length coat with undercoat (around 2 inches or longer, and thick)
  • Long length coat without an undercoat (around 2 inches or longer, and thick – missing an undercoat for insulation/weather protection)

If you speak to a knowledgeable German Shepherd breed expert though, they might tell you that only medium/plush and long haired coat designations are the only stock coats – both with an undercoat.


Short Haired German Shepherd and Breed Conformance

Short haired German Shepherds are not disqualified from show rings, but they don’t seem to be favored as much by the medium length, plush, dense outer coat type German Shepherds.

The American AKC states (US German Shepherd Breed Standard) “The ideal dog has a double coat of medium length.”

The SV standard (European GSD breed standard) favors a “Long, soft, dense guard coat [outer coat], with undercoat”. Long straight top coats, and long coats without undercoats are disqualifying faults.


What Is The Temperament Of A Short Haired German Shepherd?

There is no scientific evidence that coat length influences temperament of a German Shepherd.

The best indicator of a German Shepherd’s temperament is the genetic material available to them.

In simpler terms, a German Shepherd puppy has the best chance of having a stable temperament if both his or her parents have stable temperaments (and their family tree shows a history of stable temperament dogs).

Similarly, if you get a backyard type breeder who has little knowledge of the German Shepherd breed or dog breeding in general, there’s a higher chance they breed dog’s together who have temperament issues.


What Color Are Short Haired German Shepherds?

There are three main types of genes that determine how a German Shepherd’s coat looks:

  • Coat length genes
  • Coat color genes
  • Coat pattern genes

So, a short haired German Shepherd can be any of the available common colors in the German Shepherd breed.

Different German Shepherd lines might have a predisposition to certain coat colors, so look at the parents of the dog to get an idea of what color a short haired GSD might be.

What line are the parents, and what colors are they?


Do Short Haired German Shepherds Shed Much?

Compared to other breeds, German Shepherds shed a lot – especially when they blow their coat between certain seasons.

Short haired GSD’s also might seem like they shed a lot more than longer coat GSD’s because loose hairs aren’t as likely to get caught in a thick outer coat.

Then again, it can depend on the dog – some owners will tell you their short haired GSD drops as much hair as long haired GSDs they’ve had, whilst others will tell you the opposite.

Regular brushing (3 to 4 times a week) with a good deShedding tool and slicker brush can drastically reduce the amount of hair that is dropped inside the house, and consequently the amount of vacuuming.


How Much Does A Short Haired German Shepherd Puppy Cost?

On average, you might pay anywhere from $500 to $1500 for a pet, or family dog type short haired German Shepherd from a breeder.

For short haired German Shepherds with pedigrees, papers, working titles, specific lines, and puppies who have a proven regulated breeding history – you can pay thousands of dollars.

Medium/plush coat GSDs tend to be more popular though, so you might not pay as much for a short hair GSD.

Don’t get ripped off or buy from shady or unethical breeders – read this guide carefully.

When adopting a short haired German Shepherd, you might pay anywhere from $50 to $500 – which covers adoption fees.


Where Can I Buy A Short Haired German Shepherd For Sale, or Adopt A Short Haired German Shepherd?

You can adopt from a short haired German Shepherd from shelter or rescue centre, or buy from a breeder.

It is encouraged to adopt as a first priority because there are so many loving and sociable dogs that are looking for a caring owner and loving home.

Good breeders that care about their dogs can be hard to find, but they are out there.

Breeders that have short or medium length coat studs and dams are more likely to have short haired German Shepherds available. But, shorter haired GSD parents can produce long haired offspring and vice versa.

When looking at buying or adopting a GSD, have a read of these guides first:


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