German Shepard Dog
Physical description: German Shepard dogs are built to be very strong and well proportioned. The GSD has a sturdy, muscular, slightly elongated body with a solid bone structure. The head is in proportion with the body and the forehead is a little rounded. The nose is usually black, but blue or silver do sometimes occur. Their teeth are strong. Their eyes are dark and almond shaped. Their ears are wide at the base, pointed, stand upright, and are turned forward. The ears tend to droop when the puppies are 6 months or younger, but that is normal. The ears will stand with age. The front legs and shoulders of the GSD are muscular and the thighs are thick and sturdy.
Breed group: The AKC breeding group for the German Shepard is herding.
Activity level: GSD love strenuous activity, and they prefer to have some kind of training mixed in with their exercise because they are very smart dogs and they enjoy a nice challenge. They should be taken out on daily walks or jogs.
Kids/Pets? If they are introduced to kids and other pets while they are young then they usually are pretty good with kids and pets. However, they do tend to try and herd other animals.
Space: German Shepard’s could live in a small space such as an apartment if they were getting out for their daily exercise, but a house with a big yard would be better. This dog would not be happy just laying around in the living room or locked up in the backyard all the time.
Temperament: German Shepard’s are courageous, keen, alert, and fearless. They are also cheerful, obedient and eager to learn. German Shepards are extremely clever, confident and brave. They are smart and have a high learning ability. They only bark when they feel that it is necessary. The German Shepard has a very strong, protective instinct and is extremely loyal to their handler, which is why they are used as police dogs.
Grooming and Physical Needs: German Shepards are constantly shedding hair...