First of all, the German shepherd is noble, beautiful, and a natural athlete. The headpiece is chiseled and strong and the body is functional and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The eyes are dark and almond shaped and express the dog's mood and thoughts.
In addition, the breed has many qualities that humans admire: loyalty, bravery, independence, intelligence, and a sense of humor. But the breed is most famous for its character and temperament. The breed is poised, confident, and a faithful companion to man. The breed's intelligence and aptitude for training are well known and this amazing versatility makes this breed suitable for many specialized services.
The breed has a natural protective instinct that makes the dog a great guardian of home, property, or livestock. The dog is indifferent to strangers and does not give affection lightly but when its devotion is given, it is given for life. This breed delights in serving as a companion, a friend for children, a partner of police and narcotics officers, and as a canine team member of our men and women in the armed services.
The breed has so much to offer, whether your personal interest is having a great pet, working with a therapy or service dog, or challenging yourself and your dog in one of the many competitive sporting events available.
The breed is a widely loved and cherished breed and has many wonderful traits that draw you in, but if you don't know much about this breed, you may be in for a surprise.
WARNING: The German shepherd is definitely not the dog for everyone. This breed requires a lot of time and effort, particularly during the first three years of life. Daily training, handling, and extensive socialization with all kinds of people, dogs, and stimuli are not optional. These are mandatory if you are to succeed with this breed.
If a person purchases this type of dog without knowing the ins and outs of the breed, the dog is not given an outlet for their energy, or the owner is unwilling to work on socializing the dog, the experience is often an unpleasant one and the dog can become destructive. Most shepherds are not "bad" dogs; they can be perfectly delightful companions. However, unless you know what makes a shepherd a shepherd, you may mistake certain behaviors for flaws or problems.
So join me as I take you on a journey through the process of choosing a dog, activities and advanced training, feeding and nutrition, grooming and health, preventive care and diseases, and many other topics and resources for the German shepherd.