Things To Consider When Looking For German Shepherd Puppies For Sale
German Shepherds are one of the most popular choices when it comes to pets, and rightly so, because of their intelligence, versatility, and other amazing attributes. However, they are not for everyone. Before deciding to buy this breed and looking at German Shepherd puppies for sale, it is important to consider the following factors:
Pure-bred German Shepherds can grow up to be fairly large, with males generally standing from 24 to 26 inches and females standing 22 to 24 inches. Both can weigh anywhere from 75 to 95 pounds.
Some German Shepherds are long-haired while others are short-haired. Their coats are generally dense and can come in different patterns and colors. The most common colors are black and tan but some German Shepherds can also appear as black and cream, black and silver, and sometimes even white. Some kennel clubs, however, don’t recognize white German Shepherds.
One very important factor to consider when deciding to get German Shepherds is that they shed a lot. It is therefore important to brush them often and invest in a good vacuum.
German Shepherds are loyal, good-natured, and brave in nature, which is why many policemen and military units adore them. They are very intelligent and easy to train, especially when you start training while they are still puppies. In fact, they can be taught almost anything, from being a good companion dog to becoming a rescue dog. They are also very protective when it comes to their family, and may be on guard when there are guests or people they don’t know.
German Shepherds were originally meant to be herd dogs, so they naturally have a lot of energy. This means that they will need to have a lot of exercise and activity at home, both physically and mentally. Otherwise, they will resort to bad habits such as constant chewing, barking, and/or digging. For this reason, it would be best for German Shepherds to live in a house with a big, fenced backyard, with owners who can constantly play with them. They may not be the best pets for people who are constantly away from home.
3. Sociability With Kids and Other Animals
German Shepherds are quite reserved and tend to take a while to open up to new people and/or animals. However, once they do, they can be extremely loyal. They are actually great companions for children because they can be both gentle and protective at the same time. However, their size may be an issue for smaller children, as they can accidentally bump or run into them.
German Shepherds can also get along with other pets, as long as they were trained to early on. An adult German Shepherd may have difficulty making friends with other animals if he/she isn’t used to it. The good news is that they are very intelligent and can adapt to this environment with the help of a professional.
German Shepherds usually have good health but can also be prone to the following health conditions: hip and elbow dysplasia, spinal and pancreatic diseases, bloating, and/or allergies.
A German Shepherd in good condition can live up to as long as 14 years.