Focus On German Shepherds

Few breeds are as devoted to their owners as German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) and if you look at our ‘Tales with Tails’ archives, you will see that many of the featured dogs come from this breed. Their combination of loyalty, intelligence, and tracking skills have made them the ideal working dog for service, police, and military duties. German Shepherds can be divided into two groups: show lines bred for appearance at dog shows, and working lines which are bred for various tasks, like police or military work, search and rescue, protection, etc. Show line dogs have a sloped back and are generally more sedentary, whereas working lines are very-high energy and need plenty of mental stimulation and exercise to keep from being destructive. General characteristics of GSDs include:

• They are among the best family dogs and get along well with children.
• Due to their devotion to their families, GSDs tend to be protective of their families and wary around outsiders, so socializing GSDs with strangers is a must.
• They shed lots of hair.
• They are highly intelligent and fast learners.
• Their typical lifespan is 10-13 years.
• Common breed-related disorders include hip dysplasia, spinal stenosis, and canine degenerative myelopathy.
Owing to their loyalty, rescued GSDs may take a little longer to bond with their new families. However, even older GSDs will adapt to a new environment and once they have opened their hearts to you, you will be rewarded with a devoted and unforgettable family member.


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