The German shepherd is known for his power, stamina and sportsmanship. His body is well balanced and very well proportioned. It is now more than a decade since the German Shepherd is considered the privileged companion of the French people.
As its name suggests, the German Shepherd finds its origin in Germany. Indeed, this breed was defined by Captain Max Frederick Emile Von Stephanitz at the end of the 19th century with the aim of creating a strong and intelligent dog for the care of herds. Very quickly and by its impressive character, this dog will become a police dog, war or blind.
As far as the characteristics of the German Shepherd are concerned, it belongs to the big dogs category. His hair is short but well supplied. It also has under bristles that have the distinction of being very condensed.
His head is quite long but harmonious, with a snout well emphasized and very strong. Concerning the ears, they are very uniform and regular with a rather wide base, but which ends in the form of tip. The eyes of the German Shepherd are usually in the form of an almond.
His body is well stretched and slender, which is characterized by a very muscular back but which ends with a rather oblique posterior. His tail usually protrudes his calf and falling nature except when the German shepherd is in full excitement. However, the latter is never raised above the horizontal.
As for its weight and size, in adulthood, the female weighs between 22 kg and 32 kg and reaches a size between 55 cm and 60 cm; and the male weighs between 30 kg and 40 kg and reaches a size between 60 cm and 65 cm.
The German Shepherd lives on average between 10 years and 12 years.
Behavior and character
The German Shepherd is a very affectionate and protective dog, who is very attached and faithful to his owner as well as his family. He also has an impeccable character with children. He is a very intelligent dog, who likes to play well and has a rather impressive joy of life. With his compatriots, he tends to be rather dominant.
However, because of its power and toughness, He needs to move, play and spend his energy overflowing every day.
Education and socialization
By his very remarkable intelligence, the German shepherd can be trained as a police dog, herd or even as a blind guide. He is therefore characterized by incredible versatility.
However, the German shepherd obeys only one master. It is therefore essential to socialize him with foreigners to his host family and public places from an early age. Indeed, this dog is, by nature, very suspicious of what he does not know (place or person).
Moreover, it is a dog who lives very badly loneliness. Indeed, if he feels lonely and helpless, he will be very frustrated, noisy and sometimes violent.
In general, the German Shepherd is a very strong and powerful dog. However, as with all dogs, this breed is likely to experience dysplasia of the hip or elbow, hypothyroidism or von Willebrand disease.
Maintenance and hygiene
Naturally, the German Shepherd is a dog who likes to live outside. However, he can live inside the house or apartment as long as he comes out every day.
With regard to the hygiene of a dog of this breed, it is sufficient to take care of the following points:
- Cut his nails regularly;
- Check his ears often to rule out the risk of infection;
- Brush his teeth all the time;
- Brush his hair twice a week at least in normal times and daily when moulting (Indeed, the German shepherd loses his hair twice a year: in autumn and spring);
- Wash it once in a while (every two months, for example).
To acquire a purebred German Shepherd puppy, it usually takes between 600 and 1200 euros. It all depends on the breeding and the quality of the puppy and its antecedents.
For example, a puppy with a pedigree or a puppy from a champion offspring will be priced higher than another puppy that does not have these characteristics.
To conclude, the German Shepherd is an excellent dog for an active and dedicated master. It is suitable for a family with children. He is a dog very faithful to his master. However, it is important to socialize him at an early age, to take it out every day and take care of it regularly. Although it is a dog with a very powerful jig, it can never be dangerous for the man.