German Shepherd Dog - Alsatian
Colour: Black or black saddle with tan or gold to light grey markings. All black, all grey, with lighter or brown markings
Lifespan: 12 to 13 years
German Shepherd Dog is an attentive, alert, steady, loyal, self-assured, sensitive and responsive dog breed.
The ubiquitous German Shepherd Dog is a versatile breed, chosen to be police dogs, guide dogs and guard dogs around the world. Loyal and protective, these dogs are alert, reactive and have abundant energy, but need early socialization to prevent them being wary of strangers and other dogs.
Originally bred to herd sheep.
This active and powerful dog has a strong desire to chase.
High. Needs long walks and enjoys playing games.
Owners: loyal, affectionate
Children: good, may chase in play
Other Pets: good, may chase
Strangers: wary unless well socialised, territorial
Unfamiliar Dogs: good if well socialised
Experienced, considerate owner who has plenty of energy for long walks, training and chase games, and who will enjoy the close bond.
May display aggression to strangers and other dogs. This is particularly a problem with white-coated German Shepherds. May chase things it should not.
Considerable brushing is needed to remove dead hair. An owner should be prepared for loose hair around the house.More...
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