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German Shepherd Dog

One of the most easily recognised breeds in the world, the German Shepherd Dog is a muscular, alert dog with a noble, regal attitude. They will win you over for sure with their charm but one thing’s clear - you’ll have to put in the work and time to gain their love as they don’t befriend strangers that easily.  

Popular for their intelligence and athleticism, they enjoy playing games and spending time with their owners. If you want a German Shepherd as a companion, be prepared for abundant loyalty, fearlessness, intelligence, and definitely cuddles. 

9 – 13 years
22 – 40kg
58 – 63cm
Coats come in a range of colours including black, sable, black and tan, black and gold. See Kennel Club website for the full range
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Potential health risks
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
This breed has a higher risk of health issues

The German Shepherd dog is predisposed to a number of problems including:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia 
- Gastric dilatation volvulus 
- Degenerative myelopathy which is a condition which causes progressive paralysis in a dog's hindlimbs
- Anal furunculosis which is a painful problem that causes ulceration around a dog's anus
- Hereditary cataracts which is a condition where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and this can result in blindness 
- Epilepsy which is a condition where abnormal brain function can lead to seizures which damage the brain
- Pituitary dwarfism which is a serious hormonal problem that affects growth 
- Haemophilia, which is a condition which can prevent or impair clotting, a process which is needed to stop bleeding
- Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency which is a problem where a dog's body is not able to produce the normal amount of enzymes needed to digest their food properly. 

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme

German Shepherd Appearance 

Agile, well balanced and carrying themselves with pride, the ‘GSD’ is a big dog with a big presence. Coats may be short or long but should not be excessively fluffy. And, as for the German Shepherd colours, they can be black, sable, tan, gold, or any combination of them. 

German Shepherd Personality 

Renowned as a ‘one man (or woman) dog’, the GSD forms a strong, affectionate, and close bond with their handler and will want to be with them as much as possible. Their loyalty is undeniable, however unfortunately over the last few decades, many breeders seeking to promote their natural guarding tendencies have opted for nervous animals who alert faster out of a lack of confidence and who are willing to use aggression first rather than last. 

A well-bred, well-reared German Shepherd should be bold, confident, swift and intelligent, and always calm and steady enough to be able to listen to their owner or handler whatever the circumstances. They are eager to learn and easy to train with the right approach, using kindness, positive reinforcement, and patience. 

German Shepherd Fun Facts 

  • German Shepherd Dogs have had many jobs, one of the least well known however was as guide dogs for the blind, and the GSD was preferred as their height made them very suitable for blinded ex-military men, who would have found the Labradors and Golden Retrievers (and their mixes) too short! They are still used today for taller people but the amount of hair they shed makes them less popular. 
  • Long before Lassie, the first canine film star was a German Shepherd Dog known as Rin Tin Tin who was rescued as a puppy in 1918 from a World War I battlefield by Lee Duncan, an American soldier. He made 26 films, had his own radio show and even his own private chef! 
  • German Shepherds are super intelligent and can learn new tricks and behaviours in only a few repetitions. 
  • After the World Wars, Americans and Europeans were very concerned about anything German so their named was changed to Alsatian Wolf Dogs, some still refer to them by that name today. 
  • The German Shepherd is incredibly popular and are the second most registered breed by the American Kennel Club after the Labrador Retriever. 


Is a German Shepherd a good house pet? 

Yes, given their calm and caring nature, German Shepherds make great house pets. They also can easily adapt to a new environment and there’s nothing more they like than spending some quality time with their owners. 

Do German Shepherds have good temperaments? 

Yes, German Shepherds make great pets and are known for their calm attitudes, loyalty, love, and intelligence. 

How smart is a German Shepherd? 

German Shepherds are among the top 3 smartest dog breeds, so they are undoubtedly highly intelligent compared with other dogs. 

Can a German Shepherd be left alone for 5 hours? 

No, they should not be left by themselves for long periods of time as they can get bored pretty easily and might engage in disruptive behaviours like barking, digging, or chewing. 

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