We’ve gathered information from a number of German Shepherd owners to bring you 10
important things to know about owning GSDs.
Looking for a new pup for your family? German Shepherds just might be the breed for you!
1. German Shepherds are incredibly smart. They have a constant mental drive which
makes them a sought out breed for both police and military working dogs.
(Fun fact: A German Shepherd mix was the most decorated dog involved in WWII.)
2. This breed makes for an amazing family pet. Female German Shepherds are incredibly
caring, and males are very attentive.
3. German Shepherds are a large breed of dog. Typically, they stand about two feet in
height. Males weigh between 60 and 80 pounds while females come in between 50 and
(Fun fact: One of the largest GSDs on record was a male who weighed 130 pounds.)
4. To avoid behavioral problems, German Shepherds need training. Don’t worry, you don’t
have to shell out thousands of dollars for training. You can check out our article on some
of the easiest tricks to teach your pup!
5. GSDs are not hypoallergenic dogs. They shed whether they are long or short haired
versions of the breed.
(Fun fact: There are only two formally recognized variations of the German Shepherd
breed– medium and long coat shepherds.)
6. They don’t require regular grooming. However, German Shepherds have a straight-
haired coat, so they do need to be brushed regularly to maintain a shiny, healthy
appearance. They are not a breed that needs frequent haircuts unless there is matting of
7. German Shepherds are a cautious breed. Don’t be frightened if they aren’t immediately
overjoyed to meet new people and animals. They may take a little time to warm up to
new situations because they’re evaluating the circumstance. Their tendency to assess
situations before reacting does not make them a dangerous breed.
(Fun fact: German Shepherds are known to be great guard dogs, but they do not
8. To be such a large dog, they are not overeaters. Most adult German Shepherds eat
once or twice a day. They do need large breed dog food to ensure they are getting
enough protein in their diets.
9. Some Shepherds have hip problems. Most hip problems present themselves in mature
dogs. You can lessen the chances of early onset hip issues by regularly exercising your
dog as well as giving them joint supplements.
(Fun fact: Fish oil is an excellent, natural supplement that aids in coat and joint health in
10. Purchase your German Shepherd from a reputable breeder. Overbreeding results in
prominent hip and coat issues. Don’t support backyard breeders. Use DoggyCo to find a
breeder near you.
Are you considering getting a German Shepherd as your next family pet? They’re wonderful
We hope this article answered some of your inquiries as to what life is like as a German
For more breed specific inquiries, check out our breed comparison feature here at DoggyCo!