Considering a German Shepherd Dog? While every dog is an individual, it can’t hurt to know a few things about the breed’s reputation before deciding to make one part of your family. For the German Shepherd in a nutshell, check out our list of highlights below. And for an-depth look at the history and personality of this type of dog, take a look at our German Shepherd Dog breed profile.
German Shepherds… the good stuff
- These dogs are exceptionally affectionate and completely devoted to their human family.
- German Shepherds are highly intelligent and catch on quickly to training.
German Shepherds… don’t say we didn’t warn you
- Some German Shepherds don’t do well with long stretches by themselves and should not be left alone for hours on end.
- Many German Shepherds are highly energetic and quite playful. They require a lot of exercise to be kept happy (not to mention, manageable).
- German Shepherds can be mouthy. Start training bite inhibition early.
- Persistent barking and howling behaviors are quite common among German Shepherds.
- Like many purebred dogs, German Shepherds are extra susceptible to major health problems.
Thinking about adopting a German Shepherd? There are many rescues all over the country who would love to help you find the right one for you.