German Shepherd

Behavioral Information

As German Shepherds were trained to be service dogs it is important to provide them with stimulation. Allowing them to help with household chores such as picking items up, or finding them a use in the community like therapy will ensure they are satisfied. German Shepherds are exceptionally loyal and focused. They do not respond well to anger, so it is better to train and nurture them through positivity and encouragement.

They are quite reserved and nervous naturally so it is important to acclimate them to your family (especially children) from an early age. Once you have bonded with your pooch they will view you as part of their pack and become extremely protective, barking if they sense danger.

  • Royal Canin Educ Training Reward Treats

    This dog snack is an ideal aid to help you train your German shepherd. It allows you to reward them for good behaviour, whilst maintaining their optimum weight. This is be

    Daily Care Information

    German Shepherds have a course outer coat and a soft undercoat. They also blow twice a year, generally in the spring and autumn. Given the thickness of their fur, they are prone to excessive moulting. They will need weekly brushing, although this will be more during shedding season.

    German Shepherds are relatively clean dogs and only need bathing around three or four times a year, any more will disturb the natural layers of oil. German Shepherds have thick, black nails making it difficult to see the vein. Whilst their nails must be cut every three-four weeks it is important to take care, ensuring not to cut through the tissue.

    • Pet Head Life’s An Itch Skin Soothing Shampoo

      This shampoo was created for German Shepherds susceptible to stings and bites. Containing Oatmeal and Aloe Vera as well as Tea Tree Oil, it works to fortify, moisturise and purify hair follicles. Not only that, but wheat protein

      General Breed Information

      German Shepherds are a relatively new pedigree bred in the late 1800s by a German captain, Max von Stephanitz whom wanted to breed a herding dog. However, as the industrial revolution advanced Western civilisation, the need for this sort of pet decreased massively. Instead, during the First World War Stepahnitz used his military connections to encourage the German army to enlist the help of this impressive canine. During the war 48,000 were recruited into the army, where they became known for their courage, fearlessness and loyalty.

      Their bravery is accompanied by a protective nature and a strong sense of loyalty to their owner, barking when they sense a threat. These qualities means they are now often used as service dogs. They are trained to work with the police and military as well as in search and rescue and as guide dogs. They are extremely trainable and need not only physical exercise, but also mental stimulation. They were bred to b

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