Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
Height Range: 22-27 inches
Weight Range: 75-100 Ibs
Colors: Black and Gray. Varying shades of tan and black.
Temperament: The German Shepard is often used as a working dog making it both energetic, fearless, eager, and alert. These obediant and eager to learn dogs are well known for their loyalty and courage. This breed is serious and almost human in his intelligence level. Their learning ability has been ranked very high among other breeds. German Shepards need to be around their people and should not be left along for a long period of time.
This breed has a strong protective instinct, so they should be socialized at an early age. Well trained German Shepards are is for the most part good with other pets and excellent around children. It is very important to purchase this breed from a reputable German Shepherd breeder. Research their lineage carefully.
To be truly happy, this dog needs to have a task in life. German Shepards are highly intelligent animals and have been used as police dogs, sheep dogs, guard dogs, blind eye dogs, search and rescue, and military work. The dogs nose can sniff out drugs and intruders and can alert handlers of underground mines in time to avoid detonation. This dog is also known to be a very good show dog and companion to the average family.
Trainability: Very good with patient trainer. Will try to outsmart you. Should start training immediately for best results. Exremely high intelligence.
Health: Bood disorders, digestive problems (probably due to nerves), epilepsy, chronic eczema, keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), dwarfism and flea allergies. Make sure that their hips are certified and in good condition. German Shepard indiscrimate breeding has lead to these genetic diseases.
With Other Animals: German Shepards are good with other animals if they are raised with them or trained to accept them.
Children: Loving and protective of children and family. Suspicious of other people.
Climate: Tolerates cold climates well.
Indoor/Outdoor: Can be fully left outside. If let inside, needs plenty of outdoor time. Will do okay in apartment setting as long as they are walked regularly. Needs alot of exercise and fenced in backyard is best.
Grooming: Average, every other day brushing. Sheds bits of hair constantly.
Recognition: CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR