What You Need To Know Before You Get A German Shepherd

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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.

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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.
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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.

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue

German Shepherd Rescue New York