Another popular working dog is none other than the very large German shepherd dog. This one is a herding dog which is in their blood. The smart and hard working fellow is very versatile. More of them will be provided in the following article. Keep reading.
German Shepherd Physical Characteristics
The German Shepherd dog features a double coat. The undercoat is denser and thicker while the outer one is a tad bit wavy or straight. They commonly come in colors such as tan and black, or red and black. Their medium length hair does shed all year. Their body is longer than they are taller and they normally reach a height of between 22 and 26 inches.
German Shepherd Personality and Temperament
This dog is bloody loyal and protective. They make great guard also since they have alertness, agility, and quickness that recommend them. When they are with other dogs they tend to dominate though in general, they are quite friendly.
German Shepherd Care
They are very versatile dogs that can adapt to every situation and condition. German Shepherd dog can survive living outdoors or in their kennels yet will prefer to join the family indoors. This energetic dog needs a lot of exercises and training daily. You have to brush their coat once or maybe twice a week since they shed a lot.
German Shepherd Health Issues
As far as their health is concerned, they are susceptible to some serious health problem which you should be aware of like elbow dysplasia and canine hip dysplasia (CHD). There are also some minor problems like cardiomyopathy, hemangiosarcoma, panosteitis, von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD), degenerative myelopathy, cauda equina, malignant neoplasms, pannus, hot spots, skin allergies, gastric torsion, cataract, and perianal fistulas. Moreover, they are also prone to some skin problem like fatal fungal infection due to the Aspergillus mold. This breed’s lifespan is between 10 to 2 years.
German Shepherd History and Background
This dog was developed mainly for working and guarding purposes. Known to be the official police dog, you can expect them to be super fast, agile, alert and smart. The first breeder of this dog is Max von Stephanitz. He was the one that wanted to standardized shepherd. He brought his ideal shepherd dog in 1889 and named it Horand von Grafrath (a nearby town of Grafrath). This dog was actually the genetic basis he used to create the standard focusing on strength, intelligence and ability to work. It was the American Kennel Club (AKC) chose changed its name from German Sheepdog to Shepherd Dog.
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