An icon of loyalty and devotion, the German Shepherd (also
known in Europe as the Alsatian) was originally developed from
a mix of German farming and shepherding dogs in the late 19th
Today, German Shepherds are still hard at work as guides for the blind, or trained as police, rescue
and security dogs.
commonly bred in colors of black and tan, the breed comes in a
variety of colors ranging from black and silver, black and red,
to solid black, tan or white.
As a family pet, they are widely admired for their sleek physical beauty,
as well as their confident and courageous character. No truer canine
friends exists that equals the love and loyalty that a well-trained
German Shepherd shows for its adoptive family.
German Shepherd puppy ears begin to stand up as early as 7 weeks, but typically they
to about 6 months before reaching the familiar look of adult German Shepherds.
German Shepherd behavior
and easily trained, the German Shepherd is an affable and friendly
dog if socialized early enough in puppyhood.
tremendous self possession sometimes gives the impression that
it is unapproachable. However, the breed usually loves the company
of people, and is generally very gentle around small children.
They also make for excellent watchdogs, as German Shepherds will
instinctively guard their adopted "flock" against any
and all trespassers.
Care & Health
As with many other larger breeds, German Shepherds are susceptible
to canine hip
dysplasia, a malformation of the hip that leads to cartilage
damage and crippling arthritis. If caught in its very early stages,
hip dysplasia may be treated with surgery, although quite often
symptoms are not detected until too late, when treatment options
become frustratingly limited.
conditions associated with the breed include skin rashes or allergies.
The breed may also sometimes suffer from a more serious nerve
degenerative myelopathy, that may also weaken or cripple the
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