AKC PuppyFinder: German Shepherd Dog Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Smart, confident, courageous, and steady; a true dog lover's dog
- Energy Level: Very Active; These big guys were born to work; they require regular mental and physical exercise
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Frequent
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
- Weight: 65-90 pounds (male), 50-70 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 7-10 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Few dogs have such ardent fans as the German Shepherd, one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. These fearless working dogs are beloved for their loyalty, courage and intelligence. They make not only excellent police and guard dogs, but can be affectionate playful family companions. German Shepherd puppies take well to early socialization and training. They're smart dogs who can learn dozens of commands and take on numerous canine jobs. They also have a protective nature, ready to defend their family, so training is very important. This muscular, agile dog thrives on lots of exercise for both mind and body and will reward you with love and devotion.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1908
Breed History & Job Description: German Shepherd Dogs were developed in the waning years of the 19th century by Captain Max von Stephanitz, a German cavalry officer, through judicious crosses of older farming and herding breeds of Continental Europe. GSDs became popular in the United States in the early 1900s, thanks in part to the adventures of canine movie stars Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart. Since then, the GSD’s versatility, brains, and steady temperament have made it the preferred breed for police and military K-9 units the world over.
German Shepherd Dogs are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of German Shepherd Dogs are healthy dogs.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Elbow Evaluation
- Breed Club