German Shepherd Mixes

German Shepherd Puppy Information

The German shepherd dog breed originated from the ancient Germanic tribes. They were known for their loyalty, courage, and loyalty to family members. These traits are still present in today’s German shepherd dogs. The original German shepherd was bred to hunt wild boar and other game animals such as deer or hare.

After the war, they were used as guard dogs. They have been used for police work and search and rescue missions. Today, they are used for protection at homes and businesses.

There are many different types of German shepherds. Some of them include:

• Standard German Shepherds – These are the most common type of German shepherd found in the United States today. They come in various colors including black, brown, chocolate, gray, white and tan. Their coat color varies depending on the breed. They are usually between 3 and 5 years old when they are sold.

• Working German Shepherds – These are the smallest of all the breeds and weigh less than 20 pounds. They tend to be smaller than standard German shepherds because they do not need as much exercise. These dogs tend to be medium-sized with a length between 30 inches (standard) and 45 inches (working). They are typically black and tan in color with a solid black nose.

• Giant German Shepherds – These dogs are the biggest of all the German shepherds. They also have thicker coats and weigh more than 90 pounds. Their height is between 28 and 32 inches. They tend to have light brown eyes and come in a variety of colors such as black, tan or gray with dark brown markings on their ears and muzzle.

The most important part of training a German shepherd is early socialization. This will ensure that your pet grows up to be well-rounded and display the proper behavior around other people, pets and children. It is best to enroll your dog in puppy kindergarten classes when they are between 6 and 8 weeks old. During this time they are also inoculated, which protects them from several serious diseases.

Later on, they can participate in other training classes such as agility and tracking.

The German shepherd is a large dog that requires a lot of exercise. If you do not have time to walk it every day, it may behave aggressively or become destructive. They also require a lot of attention and affection from their owners. The best owner for this breed is one that is active and enjoys outdoor activities.

General Care

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The German shepherd is a medium to large sized dog that can live in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is not suited for living outdoors. This dog breed requires a lot of grooming and should be brushed once or twice a week. They should only be bathed when necessary as all during which time their ears and eyes should be checked and cleaned.

The average lifespan of the German shepherd is between 10 and 13 years. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, obesity, ear infections and von Willebrands disease.

Ideal Environment

The German shepherd can adapt to most environments. It does best with at least an average sized yard. This breed likes to have a place it can retreat to if needed.

Exercise Requirements

This dog is highly active both physically and mentally. Failure to provide sufficient exercise will result in behavioral issues. This breed should be taken on a long daily walk or jog. They can also be entertained with a sturdy fet ball, Frisbee or even a rigorous game of catch.

If you do not have the time to exercise this dog during the day, it is best if you do not own this breed.

Trainability

The German shepherd is one of the easiest dogs to train. They are eager to please, very intelligent and they love to work. Training this dog requires a firm but positive approach. They respond best to reward based training, however, sometimes a little negative reinforcement is needed.

Harsh or heavy-handed approaches do not work well with this dog.

Behavioral Traits

Most German shepherds are highly intelligent and curious. This can lead them to be a bit destructive when left alone and unable to concentrate their energy. They can also be a bit dominant and are natural guardians. These dogs are very loyal to their owners, but may be a bit reserved with strangers.

The German shepherd should always be well socialized when they are young. They make excellent guard dogs, which can be helpful to some owners, but they can also easily cause damage if not trained properly.

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