German Shepherd

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Common Name: 
German Shepherd
Scientific Name: 
Canis familiaris
Genus: 

Canis

Species: 

Familiaris

Size: 

Large

Height: 

24 - 26” (55 - 65cm)

Weight: 

77 – 85 pounds (35 - 39kg)

Coat Type: 

German Shepherds only need to be bathed when necessary. German Shepherds have an undercoat and a longer haired outercoat. The outercoat sheds year round and the inner coat sheds about twice a year. They need regular grooming, otherwise there is a high chance that the undercoat will mat. The FURminator is a highly recommended dog brush that does a great job of removing excess pet hair.

Temperament / Behavior: 

German Shepherds won't think twice about giving their life for their owners. They bond well with people they know. They are intelligent and obedient. The best way to train them is to give them positive reinforcement. They are used often as working dogs because of how inteligent they are. German Shepherds are one of the smartest and most trainable breeds.

Activity: 

German Shepherds need some type of exercise everyday whether it is playing fetch with a ball or Frisbee or taking them on a walk or a jog. German Shepherds like a challenge so it would be a good idea to add some training into their exercise. When taking a German Shepherd on a walk make sure that he is beside or behind you so he knows that you are of higher authority than him.