German Shepherd Breed Profile


Among the qualities of the German Shepherd is that they are direct, fearless, bold, eager, alert, cheerful, obedient, eager to learn, loyal, courageous, and happy.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is great with children, provided the children do not tease the dog. They are good with family and extremely protective.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 13 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 77 to 85 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with German Shepherds are hip and elbow dysplasia, blood disorders, digestive problems, epilepsy, eczema, keratitis, dwarfism and flea allergies.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be done with patience. Shedding is average, brush every other day.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. This breed of dog cannot be left alone for extended periods of time, they need their families.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost of this breed of dog ranges around $2,900+. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog is very protective. Socialize early to prevent over protectiveness.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog make excellent guard dogs.

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