A German Shepherd is an intelligent and loyal dog that becomes very attached to its human family and very protective. A well-trained and well-loved German Shepherd can be the best pet you will ever see and it can bring you a lifetime of love and joy. An improperly trained German Shepherd will have problems that can be both unpredictable and dangerous if not dealt with. If you do not have time to dedicate to a dog then do not get a German Shepherd.
The German Shepherd breed of dog was first domesticated in Europe over one hundred years ago and it was bred to help herd animals in Europe. That is where the German Shepherd gets its name. But this herding instinct can go horribly wrong if it is not first corrected by a responsible owner, who knows how to care for their dog. It is important to make sure your German Shepherd does not display its natural herding instincts at any time.
Contrary to popular belief it is not a natural instinct for a German Shepherd to hate all other animals and automatically attack any other animal it sees. A German Shepherd craves social structure and if you get it socializing with other animals, and with humans, at a young age then it will be more adaptable later in life and it will not attack other animals and it will also be well behaved with strangers as well.
Your German Shepherd will need a lot of exercise, it will want to constantly be in motion and it needs a job to do. That job can be as simple as to be in training to be the family dog but that requires hours of attention each day from everyone in the family and also a lot of empty outside space for your dog to run in. A bored German Shepherd will resort to its natural instinct to hunt and herd and that can lead to nothing but a lot of trouble.
One of the common German Shepherd problems that you cannot get away from is the fact that the German Shepherd breed sheds a lot. They shed in the winter and they shed in the summer and they require constant grooming to deal with the shedding.
It is not just a winter or summer coat they are shedding, they need year round grooming to help them deal with their shedding coat. If you hate vacuuming up pet fur then you may want to avoid getting a German Shepherd.
A properly trained German Shepherd makes a great pet but you will need to spend a lot of time with it. Their superior intelligence makes them very easy to train and it also makes them a great watchdog.
It may also help you to know that they want to be trained as much as you want to train them so don’t be afraid to try and teach your German Shepherd something new as it will probably love you for it.
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