September 10, 2012

German Shepherds, also known as Alsatian dogs, are considered one of the most loyal and protective of all dog breeds. These fearless creatures are used commonly around the world as police or military dogs for their dependability and obedience toward their masters. With their intelligence and strength, German Shepherds have an eagerness to learn new tricks and training techniques. Having an authoritative command over your German Shepherd is vital. With the proper training and maintenance, your German Shepherd will become your family’s most loyal and trustworthy companion.

German Shepherd

German Shepherd

German Shepherds take their exercise and play time very seriously, so supplying them with the right kind of toys is important in order to satisfy their needs. Most German Shepherds love the games of fetch and tug-of-war. Soft and plush toys do not work well with German Shepherds because of their strong and aggressive nature. Toys such as stuffed animals or anything made out of latex would not last in a game of fetch or tug and would most likely be destroyed within minutes.  Firm and durable toys, such as large plastic bones, knotted ropes, or rubber tug toys are the ones to stick with in order to keep your German Shepherd happy for more than a few minutes. German Shepherds need daily exercise, aside from fetch or tug of war. Walks and/or jogs should always be incorporated in your daily routine with your German Shepherd or the dog will become restless and possibly destructive.

Diet is extremely important in order to keep your German Shepherd as healthy as possible. Searching for dog foods with natural ingredients is important. Flavors like lamb, fish, and chicken are usually well-liked with all dogs, but the ingredients should not include several preservatives. The more natural, the healthier it is!

German Shepherds are not considered high maintenance, but grooming does require some effort in order to maintain a beautiful and shiny coat. German Shepherd’s have a double coat, with a course outer coat, and a thick and more soft undercoat. The double coat makes this breed able to function in just about any climate. You can expect an adult German Shepherd to shed heavily twice a year, in the spring and once again in the fall. This may vary depending on the climate that you live in as well as your dog’s living conditions. During the seasons when shedding is low, brushing Shepherds with a double coat is only necessary once a week, while long-haired Shepherds should be brushed on a daily basis. Matting is common in long-haired Shepherds, so brushing will help in keeping out any debris, twigs or mud.

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