IS A GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG RIGHT FOR YOU?
You need to spend a lot of time to educate yourself about what to expect from the German Shepherd Dog before you get one, and what you should do once you own one. This is NOT the only thing to read on German Shepherds, search the internet, go to your library, talk to Shepherd owners. . . but do GET TO KNOW THE BREED Before you adopt!
German Shepherds shed a lot. If having dog hair flying around your house bothers you, then you definitely should not consider getting a German Shepherd. They shed continuously, as well as blow all their undercoat at least twice a year, spring and fall. If you have an intact female (meaning one that has not been spayed), then she will also shed prior to her heat cycles twice a year, which is in addition to the spring/fall shed. To help with this, they should be brushed regularly. But this will not stop the fur balls from collecting everywhere.
German Shepherds are a large breed, and a very energetic one. They require daily exercise to keep them healthy and happy. They do not do well confined to a dog run or yard on their own all day, every day. They are very devoted to their family members, and much prefer to be with them every waking moment, rather than shut away in a garage, barn, shed, or even the utility room on their own.
If you are going to be gone for long periods of time, and do not have the time for training and playing that the GSD needs, then please consider another breed of dog. German Shepherd Dogs do NOT do well as outside dogs left in kennels with little or no attention, nor do they do well sitting out on a chain all day, just being fed twice a day, with little human contact. They love people, and they want to be with people. The more time you spend with your GSD, the better he will get. A GSD left for long periods of a time will quickly become a nuisance barker, digger, and chewer.
The German Shepherd Dog is probably the most popular breed of dog in the world. But that does not mean that it is the right breed for everyone. Animal shelters euthanize hundreds of German Shepherd Dogs, as well as other breeds, every day because people have gotten the dog, and then realized that it was not suited to them and their lifestyle. Some of the excuses we hear are:
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