German Shepherd Puppies For sale In Pa
4 month old German Shepherd

German shepherd
Introduction
The German shepherd is also known as the ‘Alsatian’ in United Kingdom and few other countries of Europe. The country of their origin is Germany and they were first recognized in 1899.

These dogs are used for herding sheep and also tend to have hunting instincts. German Shepherds are known for their intelligence, strength, obedience, bravery and their friendly nature. Their large size gives them a very distinctive musculature and a barbaric look .They are also employed in military, police operations and search &rescue operations.
According to American Kennel Club, about 4 % of German Shepherds are registered with them.
German shepherd – At a Glance
The following list of general and physical characteristics will help you to get familiarized with your German shepherds:
• Breed type: – Pure breed (belong to the herding/ guarding dog breed category). They are recognized by the American Kennel Club, New Zealand Kennel Club, FCI, Kennel Club (UK), Dog Registry of America, Inc. and many others.

• Height: – Male 60-65 centimetres and Female 53-60 centimetres.

• Weight-Weight can range from 75 to 90 pounds at an average.

• Life Span: – German Shepherds have an average life expectancy of 9 to 13 years.

• Coat colour: – They have a double coat. Recommended coat colours are black, tan and saddle.

• Their ears are erect and their neck is long, tail is bushy and they have a dome forehead and a long square cut muzzle with scissor like jaw. The nose has a black spot on it.

Temperament and Personality traits:-

German shepherds are self-assured and are highly active dogs. These dogs are very obedient and are always willing to learn. This trait is used for several search operations. They are very alert and hence can be kept as watch dogs.
They have a very protective nature towards their masters and can even happily risk their lives to save their master, in an alarming situation.
German shepherds usually have reserved nature and do not make friends easily. It needs early socialization and puppy obedient classes so that they can get themselves well accustomed in the society they have to live in. However, once they consider someone as their friend, they can do anything for that person or animal.
German Shepherds are not suited as backyard dogs and will require love, care and attention from their owners. They will require daily physical and mental stimulation to prevent several diseases.
Overall, German shepherd proves to be a great pet and a great companion and if these dogs are brought up correctly and given the proper training they can be your best friend. Lame and incompetent masters are not a good choice for these dogs. His master should be tough and be able to control him.
German Shepherds are very active dogs but tends to bark a lot. So teaching and training him is a foremost step to control his barking. Use training methods such as positive reinforcement techniques.
Feeding Habits
Feed your German Shepherds with 3 to 4 cups of premium quality dry dog food divided into two equal parts daily. Brands that can be always trusted include Acana, Pedigree, and Taste of the Wild and Purina dry dog food.
You can occasionally feed your German shepherd with canned dog foods and light snacks such as chews, kibbles and sticks. You can even feed them with home cooked dog food that is prepared using special ingredients containing exclusive dog food ingredients in a recommended amount.
Never feed your dog with stuffs such as cheese, alcohol, apple core, resins, cashews, chocolates, sweets and others.
Health and Immunization:-
Generally, German Shepherds are healthy but they can acquire various diseases such as elbow or hip dysplasia which causes pain in dogs and which can also develop further and lead to arthritis.
These dogs are also prone to allergic reactions. If you see that your dog is licking his paws or rubbing his face repeatedly, then a good vet should be immediately consulted.
Degenerative Myelopathy is another disease which makes their back legs weak and your German shepherd cannot walk properly. Vitamin and mineral supplements can help resolve this problem.
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is another problem in which digestive cells produced by the pancreas are destroyed and German shepherd cannot absorb or intake food. This makes your dog thin and this condition drastically weakens their immune system. The disease is diagnosed with blood test and pancreatic enzymes are added in their daily.
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or bloating is another problem with these dogs and it is a condition in which there is lowering of blood pressure and extreme conditions can even lead to death.
German shepherds should be immunized at regular intervals so that they are protected from various diseases caused by dangerous viruses. Some mandatory vaccines for this breed includes: – Parvovirus, Rabies, Distemper, Coronavirus, Hepatitis A and B, Influenza and Parainfluenza vaccines. Inject annual booster shots from experienced vets.

Care and Grooming
The coat of German shepherd should be brushed 2-3 times a week and these dogs should be bathed at least once a month.
Brush his teeth at least three times a week and trim his nails at least once a month. Check for any signs of infections such as allergies, rashes, redness, erythema or discharge during the grooming sessions as this can be a sign of onset of certain diseases. A good vet should be consulted immediately if this problem persists.
Clean his ears at least once a week using a cotton ball soaked in pH balanced ear cleansing solution. Make sure you do not poke the cotton balls deep into his ear drums as this could lead to permanent hearing impairment.
Always keep the pet away from toxic and flammable substances. You should take your dog to a trustworthy vet on a monthly basis.
You can adopt or rescue a German shepherd according to the guidelines given by various organizations that give them name and recognition. Never take a puppy that is fighting with his litter mates or the one whose parents are suffering from acute or chronic illnesses.

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