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German Shepherd

(The Popular Choice)

Physical Characteristics

The German shepherd is a relatively large dog with much fur which makes grooming very essential.
- Average height: 22in to 26in
- Average weight: Females: 50 lbs to 70 lbs Males: 65 lbs to 90 lbs
- Average life span: 9 to 13 years
- Energy level: High

Personality Traits

The German shepherd is a very active dog with very strong traits. Some of the qualities of The German shepherd include being very playful, highly intelligent, protective, helpful, easily trained, loyal, and aggressive. Some concerns with this breed of dog is that it might not be the best choice for a family pet. This breed of dog likes to include themselves with their owner's daily activities and, combined with their high activity level, can become difficult to handle when dealing with small children as well. This breed of dog does not do well chained or locked up and can become very destructive if so. The German shepherd is known as the "working dog" and the reason being for the tasks this breed of dog achieves at doing. Since the German shepherd is easily trained, they are very useful in special situations such as: a guide-dog, personal-protection, search-and-rescue, police, and military activities. German shepherds look for things to do which are why they are such helpful dogs.

Grooming and Diet

The German shepherd, along with all breeds of dogs, need to properly be groomed and cared for to ensure a longer and healthier life.
- Brushing: Most German shepherds have two coats of fur which means they shed a lot. To allow for a nice shiny coat and less shedding, it is best to brush your German shepherd once or twice weekly.
- Bathing: German shepherds should be bathed at least 2 or 3 times a year.
- Food: To ensure a healthy dog, you should feed your German shepherd 3 scheduled times throughout the day. You should schedule your feedings to avoid your dog to overeat and become over weight.

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