German Shepherd Chows are not only one of the most popular breeds in Germany, but they are also known worldwide. They have been bred since ancient times and were used as guard dogs, shepherds, hunting dogs, police dogs and even military animals. Today there are many different types of German Shepherds available. Some of them are:
The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is a large breed with a short coat which makes it ideal for cold climates. It was originally developed from the Doberman Pinscher dog, but they differ greatly in appearance and temperament. They are very loyal and protective, but their size means that they require a lot of exercise.
The GSD is usually medium sized or larger at 80-100 pounds and stands between 8 ½” tall to 9″. They weigh approximately 50-60 lbs. when fully grown.
They are a cross between the Golden Retriever and the German Shepherd Dog. These dogs share similar characteristics such as being strong, intelligent, loyal and affectionate. However, these two breeds do not always get along so it is best if you choose your own mix carefully!
They have a low to medium exercise requirement, and are good with children and other dogs. They are very loyal to their owners and need plenty of attention. They love to play catch and Frisbee, and they are also fairly easy to train.
The GSD is a large breed that comes in three different coat types (and a mix of those types), including long, medium and short. They all have a similar personality, but the long-haired GSD will need frequent grooming. German Shepherds are intelligent, alert and eager to please, making them one of the most popular breeds in the U.S.
They are natural herders and quite capable of weighing out who is in charge! They need lots of exercise and training, and owners need to display leadership.
They shed a moderate amount. The GSD is one of the most recognizable breeds thanks to their starring role in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and radio broadcasts during World War II. These dogs have an excellent sense of smell and were bred to track escaped prisoners or animals.
Today, they still make wonderful scouts for the blind and deaf.
These dogs have an appearance similar to the Border Collie, but are larger in size. They have a smooth and dense coat which comes in black and/or tan markings on their face and ears. Their faces are typically tri-colored with a black face, ears, and muzzle, with tan stripes above the eyes and another one mid-face.
They have a solid black back with tan coloring on their chest and legs that is similar to the markings of a Great Dane. They will also have white markings on their toes and a white blaze on their chest. The body is long and lean with a broad skull and their ears are typically pricked up.
These dogs have a medium exercise requirement and are good with children when they are raised with them. They can be wary of strangers, so proper socialization is important. They need lots of mental stimulation or they will get bored and find trouble to amuse themselves!
The PSA is an intelligent dog that is also a working breed. They are alert and vigilant making them good guard dogs, but they do need extensive exercise and a job to do.
The Bloodhound is often called the scent hound because it has an unbelievable sense of smell. They are large and have a short and smooth coat that comes in black, brown, or a combination of the two colors. The Bloodhound has a distinct, but friendly look with an under bite, drooping lips, and hanging ears.
New research has found that mixed breeds live on average about two years longer than purebreds. Whether this is due to the out-crossing or simply being lucky enough to be born free of hereditary conditions that affect purebred dogs is unknown at this time.
There are many advantages to adopting a mixed breed dog.
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