Dog Breeds

  • German Shepherd Dog

    German Shepherds are balanced and muscular dogs. They appear poised, confident, and always ready to work. This breed has a large, deep-chested, slightly elongated body with smooth curves (rather than an angular outline), and a firm overall structure.

  • Group: Herding
    Lifespan: 7–13 yr
    Height: 22–26 in
    Weight: 48–97 lb

  • Care

    German Shepherds should be brushed every few days to keep their coat clean and free of loose hair. During periods of seasonal shedding—which typically occur once or twice a year—you will likely need to brush more frequently to keep the abundance of hair from overtaking your home. Trimming nails, cleaning ears, and brushing teeth should also be part of every dog's grooming routine, regardless of breed.

    The German Shepherd has erect, medium-size ears that are carried upright. Their eyes are almond-shaped, medium in size, and very dark in color. This breed has a strong upper and lower jaw and a scissor bite—where the incisors of the upper jaw overlap those of the lower jaw.

  • Disorders

    Always visit a professional veterinarian if you believe your dog may have health issues.