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How to care for your German Shepherd. Honest advice on caring for German Shepherd puppies and adult dogs. Feeding, training, and health care.

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German Shepherd dog breed

German Shepherds...
Advice You Can Trust

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014


German Shepherd Dog Breed Review

Dog breed reviewWhat's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em.


The most honest dog breed review you'll ever find. Temperament, personality, behavior, traits, and characteristics. As an Obedience Instructor and Breed Selection Consultant for over 30 years, I give you my honest opinions about the breed – I hold nothing back.

German Shepherd FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the traits and characteristics of German Shepherds.


Training German Shepherds

I'll show you how to teach your German Shepherd puppy or adult dog to listen to you and do what you say. My training methods are based on respect and sensible leadership. No hitting, yelling, choke collars, shock collars, or clicker training.

German Shepherd Health & Feeding

Learn about the best dog foods, vaccinations and booster shots (needed or not?), natural treatments for German Shepherd health problems, spaying and neutering pros and cons, and more.

Buying or Adopting a German Shepherd

Good breeders versus bad breeders – how to tell the difference. Adopting your German Shepherd from a rescue group. Temperament tests for evaluating German Shepherd puppies and adult dogs for sale or adoption.

Quick Tips about German Shepherds

German Shepherd Size
Males stand about 24-26 inches at the shoulder and weigh 75-100 pounds. Females stand about 22-24 inches and weigh 60-80 pounds. Some breeders produce oversized "giant" German Shepherds that reach 28 or 30 inches at the shoulder and 140 pounds.
German Shepherd Coat
Shorthaired or longhaired. Both coats can appear in the same litter.
German Shepherd Colors
Black and tan, black and red, black and cream, black and silver, sable, blue, liver, solid black, and solid white (White German Shepherds have their own page).
Also known as
German Police Dogs, Alsatians
Misspellings:
shepard, shephard, sheperd