The weekly guide to all the dog breeds encountered on our planet starts today on Rapusia! And today we start with the German Shepherd. The German Shepherd is a dog that has great versatility. It is a medium-sized breed which, however, can reach a weight of up to 40 kg, strong and very muscular, with lean bones and a solid structure.
It has a very high emotional intelligence and gets along well with everyone when he is well socialized and educated. It is a good companion even for younger children. Its health is good and he doesn't have any particular deficiencies except those which he has in common with other breeds, such as dysplasias.
He is a very energetic and vigorous dog and must be treated appropriately. It has two varieties: longhaired and shorthaired. Coat colors are black with reddish-brown, brown, yellow to light gray tan markings. Solid black, gray with darker shades, black saddle and mask.
The German shepherd is a very faithful animal that tends to be separated from its owner very difficult. This characteristic develops in an animal raised in a safe environment and with a responsible owner who is able to grow and develop the main characteristics of this breed.
The German Shepherd is considered, among all breeds, the most suitable dog for family life, as it is able to interact with every component, from the child to the elderly, with the same effectiveness and affection. He will have an eye for his owner who he will consider to be his pack leader, who will have absolute responsibility for his education, training and socialization.
Despite its size, it is a dog that is very suitable for children due to its patient and playful character. It enjoys entertaining with the little ones and is able to entertain them. He is attentive to their every need. She is an irreplaceable nanny who knows how to be with children in a playful but also responsible way.
In any case, the presence of an adult to supervise the interaction between the child and the dog is absolutely essential. In terms of size, reactivity and inclination, the German Shepherd is a dog that prefers life outdoors and needs ample space to be able to maintain its high standards of activity.
The conditions for allowing this dog to share apartment life are those concerning the presence of an external space which could be a courtyard or a garden. The German Shepherd can only stay for a few hours: he has responsibility for his territory and this satisfies him since it is the task that gives him the sense of active belonging within the family.
The German Shepherd shows resistance to cold temperatures, both with long and short hair. As in winter, even in summer, the German Shepherd must have a place to shelter which, in this season, must be cool and shady. There are generally few pathologies that can affect the German Shepherd.
These are rather common problems for many other breeds as well. Indicatively, it is appropriate to pay attention to discomforts that can originate from the musculoskeletal system. In this case we refer to pathologies such as dysplasia of the hips and elbows.
The Breed Standard thus defines the character of the German Shepherd: "The German Shepherd must be well balanced, steady of nerves, self-confident, completely relaxed and absolutely good, as well as attentive and docile.
He must possess courage, combativeness and temperament to be suitable as companion, guard, protection, service and herding dog."