The German Shepherd is the second most popular in the United States, and it is easy to see why. These pups are incredibly intelligent and capable canines ready to work. Fortunately, if you have been eying a German Shepherd pup, they are also ready to play, snuggle, and make you laugh uncontrollably at their unintentionally goofy demeanor. If you are thinking about a German Shepherd puppy, there are a few things you should know going in.
1. They can be a bit protective of their family
German Shepherds are described as a breed that has an “eagerness to have a purpose.” This is why German Shepherds make such amazing working dogs such as police aids, disability assistance, search-and-rescue work, and military roles. Part of your German Shepherd puppy’s purpose will be to please you and and make sure your are safe. German Shepherds tend to be “one family” pets, as in they can be suspicious of strangers. They will want to please you 24/7!
2. They will help you redecorate your floors
Do you have a hardwood floor? That will change into a nice carpet with the German Shepherd’s notorious shedding coat. Although absolutely gorgeous, Shepherds are shedders to the max. Prepare for a snow-globe of hair to poof off your Shepherd any time you give them a big snuggle, which will be more often than not.
3. Playing around is no game
German Shepherds are a very active breed that need lots of physical stimulation and playtime. When you first get your German Shepherd puppy, playing may consist of nipping due to their herding background. When your German Shepherd is full grown, they may love to wrestle around and forget how big they are. If you are an active person with thick skin, A German Shepherd Puppy may be right for you.
4. But they are still softies
Despite their intimidating looks, German Shepherds can be total softies, especially if socialized early on. These pups are always up for snuggling with others, including kids and other pets.
5. Softies that are also busy bodies
If you want a German Shepherd puppy in your life, you have to really want your dog to be a part of every little bit of your daily routine. Morning showers? Your pup will want to sit right outside to make sure you rinse off the soap. Your bed? That’s for both of you, right? Highly intelligent and curious, Shepherds want to know what is going on all of the time. German Shepherds will attach at the hip and make the right person the happiest dog owner on the planet.
Remember, you can find just about any breed of dog you are looking for at a shelter or rescue. Look on Facebook for a German Shepherd Rescue in your area.