German Shepherd is energetic, loyal and devoted companion. German Shepherd isn't a breed but a lifestyle. The abilities of this breed go far beyond its origin as a herding dog. He has excelled in every canine sport, including agility, obedience, rally, tracking and, of course, herding. This breed is a great companion for children. In fact, some say he's a cross between a babysitter and a cop, both gentle with, and protective of, the children in his family. German Shepherds are suited to many types of homes because they are so intelligent and adaptable.
Size: The modern German Shepherd is a medium to large-sized breed that is athletic, strong, well-muscled and has an overall proportionate and balanced appearance. This is one breed that should definitively look masculine or feminine. Males stand 24 to 26 inches; females stand 22 to 24 inches. Weight ranges from 75 to 95 pounds.
Personality: The German Shepherd personality is aloof but not usually aggressive. He's a reserved dog; he doesn't make friends immediately, but once he does, he's extremely loyal. With his family he's easy-going and approachable, but when threatened he can be strong and protective, making him an excellent watchdog.
Activity Requirements: this is a high-energy dog who needs a lot of activity and exercise. Without it, he's likely to express his boredom and frustration in ways you don't like, such as barking and chewing.
Behavioral Traits: The German Shepherd may embody some of the best traits of dogs, but he's not for everyone. The breed also has an aloof and sometimes suspicious nature — great for a watchdog but not the sort of family dog who'll make guests feel welcome.if not exercised and the chance to put his intelligence to work he becomes bored and frustrated.
Diet: 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. They do well on a high-quality, low-calorie diet (22 to 24 percent protein and 12 to 15 percent fat) that keeps them from growing too fast. How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level.
Keeping this all in mind, general guidelines are as follows:
2 to 4 lbs. 1/3 to 1/2 cups per day.
5 to 8 lbs. 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
8 to 10 lb. adult = 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
10 to 12 lb. adult = 3/4 to 1 cup per day.
13 to 16 lb. adult = 1 to 1 and 1/4 cups per day.
Trainability: This highly intelligent and trainable breed thrives on having a job to do. The German Shepherd can be trained to do almost anything, from alerting a deaf person to a doorbell ring to sniffing out an avalanche victim.
Colors: The outer coat is dense with straight hair that lies close to the body, and is sometimes wavy and wiry. The coat comes in variety of colors and patterns including black; black and cream; black and red; black and silver; black and tan; blue; gray; liver; sable; and white. The American Kennel Club doesn't recognize white as a color for this breed, however, and won't let white German Shepherds compete in conformation shows, although they're allowed in other competitions.
History: The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed, dating back to 1899, and he owes his existence to one man: Captain Max von Stephanitz, a career captain in the German cavalry with a goal of creating a German breed that would be unmatched as a herding dog.
Life span: 9 – 13 years
Temperament: Curious, Loyal, Alert, Obedient, Confident, Intelligent, Watchful, Courageous
Weight: 75 to 95 pounds
Height: 1 foot, 10 inches to 2 feet, 2 inches tall
Colors: Black, Black and cream, Black and Red, Black and Silver, Black and Tan, Blue, Gray, Liver, Sable and White.
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