About German Shepherds

History behind the breed

German shepherds, also known as a Alsatian, originated in Germany around the late 1800's. The German shepherds were mainly bred as a working dog and a sheep herding dog. In the late 1800's there was a ex german military captain who had purchased the first known German Shepherd dog from a dog show, that matched all the traits that he was looking for in a dog Shortly after, he founded the society for german shepherd dogs, which was a society of sheep herding dogs in Germany. The owner of the first German Shepherd dog, Max von Stephanitz, had given this breed the name of German Shepherd dog as that was the main purpose for this breed.

Health Issues

One common health issue that German Shepherds have due to inbreeding is hip dysplasia Some other health issues that German Shepherds have

  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Ear infections
  • Bloat
  • Skin allergies
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Panosteitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Heart Disease
  • Perianal Fistulas

Family Dog?

German Shepherds do make good family dogs. They will guard and protect children and other members within the family. German Shepherds will tolerate small children and the poking and pushing that a small child will do to a dog. Sometimes a German Shepherd may knock down the child, due to the fact that the German Shepherd is unaware of it's strength compared to the childs. German Shepherds require space to run around and do require exercise, whether it be playing catch or walking on a daily basis. Mental exercises can be very good for the German Shepherds as well, as they are very smart dogs. Training at a young age works the best with German Shepherds. German Shepherds can do really well around small childre, if the German Shepherd is socialized around small children when they are still a puppy. Even as a adult, German Shepherds can still be good around small children, even if they were not socialized as puppies, with training.

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