All About German Shepherds

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Learn the basics of the German shepherd dog breed and find out if it’s the right pet for your family.

    Female Speaker: The German Shepherd is one of the most widely recognized of all dog breeds. A member of the AKC herding group, these dogs were originally used to herd sheep and gained world renowned for excelling as guide dogs, search and rescue dogs and police K-9 dogs.

    German Shepherds need plenty of room to move and require regular daily exercise. Active families with large yards are the ideal living space for this breed. They are extremely intelligent animals who enjoy having a job to do.

    For this reason, they thrive an advanced obedience and agility courses. German Shepherds should be socialized and trained from a young age, so they do not become dominant or overly protective.

    German Shepherds have a regal air about them, with wedge shaped muzzles and black noses, their eyes are dark and expressive and their bushy saber tails are distinctive and powerful.

    They stand 22 to 26 inches tall and can weigh up to 90 pounds. Their double coat is medium to long in length and sheds heavily year-round. German Shepherds come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Those who are willing to devote their time and energy to a German Shepherd will be rewarded with a loyal and loving family companion.