Things to Know Before Owning a German Shepherd
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German Shepherds are typically medium to large dogs though their size is in musculature and stockiness, not height. This breed has a thick double coat and a calm but intelligent expression, erect ears and a long tail. Some German Shepherd mixes may retain these characteristics while others may have a very different appearance. Size, color, coat and even the shape of the head, ears and eyes will vary dependent on the mix.
Dog breeds that have the thick double coat such as German Shepherds will shed heavily at certain times of the year due to changing weather. This normally occurs in the spring and fall. German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes that that have inherited this coat require frequent brushing to minimize shedding.
The German Shepherd has long been considered one the smartest and most highly trainable breeds of dog. They are frequently used as police dogs, military dogs, service dogs and search and rescue dogs. That is because they truly excel at activities such as obedience, tracking and agility. These dogs often have a strong willingness to learn , a drive to have a job to do and a desire to perform it's tasks to conclusion. Scent work and searching activities can be used as part of your dog's daily activity to satisfy their need for both physical and mental stimulation.
Those who share their home with German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes frequently describe them as loving and loyal family companions. These dogs can be energetic and tranquil, playful and serious, courageous and protective. It is important that your German Shepherd is socialized with people and other animals at a young age and that he understands that the human is the pack leader.
The Top 5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a German Shepherd from a Pet Store or German Shepherd Breeder:
Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a German Shepherd dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable German Shepherd breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including German Shepherds. There are also German Shepherd rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only German Shepherds. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Be a Hero - Selecting a German Shepherd rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual German Shepherd dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult German Shepherd dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
German Shepherd Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many German Shepherd focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a German Shepherd focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!