German Shepherd Dog

Temperament

German Shepherd Dogs are confident, courageous and smart.

Characteristics

The German Shepherd Dog is a loving, loyal and even-tempered family companion who is fond of children. They are eager to please and easy to train, which is why they are often utilized as police dogs, service dogs, agility dogs, conformation animals, obedience dogs and sentinels.

Though the German Shepherd Dog is a lovable breed, they do not give affection lightly. As a “one-man” breed, however, they display serious loyalty to their owner or primary caretaker. As a strong, powerful breed, it’s important to socialize puppies with children (during the critical socialization window) to ensure they grow up to become a good family member.

As an active breed, German Shepherd Dogs require both mental and physical exercise. Many do well with activities like agility, herding, tracking and dock diving.

Lifespan

7 to 10 years

Colors

The German Shepherd Dog’s color can vary between black, tan, solid black and solid sable.

Shedding

German Shepherds have a medium-length, double coat consisting of a dense, harsh and close-lying outer coat with a softer undercoat. Their coat is easy to maintain with a quick brushing every few days to remove loose hair.

They shed more profusely once or twice a year. To control the shedding, brush them more frequently during these seasons.