Is the German Shepherd a Good Fit For Your Family
Being an active dog, the German Shepherd is strong and need attention, companionship, and firm guidance when growing. It is a very sociable dog and may not do well when left in isolation. It may accidentally knock over a small child or a weak elderly person and its aggression and biting can cause a mess on furniture.
Sometimes a Shepherd chooses one person as it’s special companion, but also relate quite well with the rest of the household. If brought up with a child, it develops a tolerance to the often grabbing and poking of their small fingers.
It is a natural breed, thus does not require clipping or unusual grooming. Only occasional baths are needed. They are heavy shedders, especially in spring, and require regular combing. This is definitely not a dog for those who cannot stand dog hair on the furniture, carpets or clothes.
Known Health Issues
The lifespan of a German Shepherd is on average between 10 to 12 years, which is totally normal for such a dog. However, it is prone common health conditions due to the inbreeding done early in its life. These ailments include elbow dysplasia and canine hip dysplasia (CHD). This causes the dog to experience pains in late age and can eventually cause arthritis. Other minor ailments include the Von Willebrand Disease, a hereditary bleeding disorder. Also, degenerative myelopathy which is a neurological disease. Because of these vulnerabilities German Shepherds, like most other dogs, need to be seen by a veterinarian for routine checkups.
The German Shepherd Dog has a distinguished legacy. Those who truly need serious protection, this is still the best breed of choice. It can be trained in formal personal protection by a competent instructor. Anyone planning to buy a personal protection dog should choose the dog and the trainer carefully, for a poor dog or a poor trainer can cause disaster.