Last Updated on August 9, 2022 by Alis Lee
Things About The German Shepherd GSD
GSD are known for their excellent work ethics, and they have also become excellent family dogs.
The Main Characteristics Of German Shepherd
The German Shepherd (GSD) is one of the most popular breeds in the United States.
Moreover, this medium-sized dog is strong and muscular, with deep almond eyes and a bushy tail.
The variable coat can be double-layered, velvet or long-haired, in black, brown, sable, black, blue, moss, and white.
Where Does The German Shepherd Come From?
In Germany in the 19th century, the shepherd breed and the farm dog crossed, creating a new breed with good professional ethics and ideal companion characteristics.
After the breed was introduced in Hanover in 1882, the Parents Club was established in 1899. The first German Shepherd named Horan was registered in April 1889. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed in 1908.
Furthermore, no matter how cute German Shepherds are, they often suffer from separation anxiety.
How friendly is the German Shepherd?
GSD is known for its ability to learn and retain training.
However, his unified temperament is a mixture of loyalty, courage, wisdom, fearlessness and protection, and consists of a series of ideal qualities in different fields.
Additionally, German Shepherds have an excellent sense of smell, can be patient, observant and decisive-these qualities make them excellent service dogs.
As active breeds, they need an outlet to release energy, and consistent, continuous positive reinforcement can help them stay focused. Furthermore, they may be wary and fearful of strangers, but once a friendship is obtained, it will last a lifetime.
Moreover, these dogs may suffer from separation anxiety, so never leave the GSD alone or in the crate for long periods of time. If they socialize properly, they can get along well with other pets and children.
Is this the right dog for you?
This active breed is looking for work or a way to expel energy. Try walking, jogging and/or playing every day to keep GSD healthy and happy.
As long as they meet their exercise needs, these dogs can do well in the apartment, which is a constant commitment every day.
Medium: In addition to trimming nails, cleaning ears, and brushing teeth, GSD should be brushed once a day; these dogs are medium-haired dogs that fall off seasonally.
Plus, skin is easily irritated, so don’t bathe often.
The most popular varieties
- Labrador Retriever
- Golden Retriever
- French bulldog
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Despite being an active and popular breed, the German Shepherd has many potential health problems, including:
- Hip deformity
- Elbow dysplasia
- Blood disease
- Von Willebrand disease
- Anal fistula
- Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)
- Flea allergy
- Tumour (common spleen)
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Endocrine disorders
- Digestive problems caused by myasthenia gravis (and esophagus)
Additionally, to better understand myasthenia gravis and esophagus, please read this article from someone who has managed the condition in their GSD.
More statistics about the GSD
- Easy to train ★★★★★
- Shedding ★★★★★
- Endure loneliness★★☆☆☆
- Very suitable for bringing children ★★★★☆
How to adopt a German Shepherd
However, you can often find German Shepherds in shelters and rescues. Start with our free search for dogs that can adapt.
Lastly, if you end up looking for a breeder, please ask your parents for their health records and pay attention to the red flags of the large puppy factory.