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German Shepherd Dog traits

GSD, Alsatian
Herding
22-26 inches
65-90 pounds
9-13 years
German Shepherd Dog characteristics
Lifespan
5 yrs 20 yrs
Grooming needs
Occasionally Frequently
Good with kids
Needs lots of supervision Ready to play
Good with cats
Likely to chase Hey, new pal!
Training aptitude
Headstrong Eager to please
Full-grown size
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Sarah

German Shepherd Dog

Female, 4 yrs 5 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, Not good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Sarah just loves WATER! She jumps into the large 40 gallon water buckets we have and just lays in them lol She does not like being left outside during the day but enjoys playing with Bear when the temperatures cool down. She loves other dogs and it would be nice for her to have playmates. She learns quickly and kennels herself when it's time for the small dogs to come outside and play. She has not clue how big she is so we can't let her play with small dogs as she tackles even dogs her size. Sarah is an owner surrender :( She is young energetic and shy. She's had a hard week having to leave the only family she's known. She's already been to the vet and is currently recovering from being spayed. I'm sure we will see more of her personality as she starts to decompress. To apply go to rocknpawzrescue.com and Download the application and return it to rocknpawzrescue@gmail.com
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Samantha

German Shepherd Dog Doberman Pinscher

Female, 1 yr 10 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Shots are up-to-date,
Story
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Nala

German Shepherd Dog

Female, 6 yrs
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Meet Nala! A loving six-year-old German Shepherd from Los Gatos, CA, whose essence is a bundle of sweetness wrapped in a striking red and black coat. Rescued from a challenging situation, Nala’s story is one of resilience and triumph! Once facing a grim fate due to her eye injury, she was rescued and thanks to the dedication of her caretakers, Nala has made a full and healthy recovery from her surgery and is now in stable health, eagerly awaiting her forever home! Nala is a gentle giant, weighing in at a robust 95 pounds. Her heart is as large as her frame, filled with a boundless capacity for love and companionship. Nala is particularly fond of women and forms strong bonds with those who show her kindness and patience. She may start off a bit shy, but her sweet nature quickly shines through, especially when treats are involved! In terms of social dynamics, Nala is a harmonious pack member. She gets along well with dogs of all sizes and exhibits no resource guarding with her food, making her a great addition to a multi-dog household! While she hasn't had experience with cats or children yet, her mellow demeanor suggests she could adapt well with proper introductions and guidance. Nala is playful and enjoys activities that engage her physically and mentally. She loves squeaky balls and playing fetch, and she knows basic commands like sit, shake, and down. Despite her playful side, Nala has a calm and timid streak, preferring multiple short walks over one long walk and enjoying the comfort of her toys or a cozy nap when left alone. Nala's future family should be aware that she experiences motion sickness in cars and gets anxious during nail trims. Having a fenced yard would be ideal for her to play fetch and get exercise without the stress of car rides. This endearing girl is spayed, house-trained, and up to date on all vaccinations. She’s had a history of ear infections, so her new family should continue to monitor and care for her ears. Nala’s loving temperament makes her the perfect constant companion, always by your side and ready for cuddles and pets! Nala is ready for transport within California and surrounding states (OR, NV, AZ) and would thrive in a home where she is loved as a family member. Are you ready to give Nala her forever home? If so, reach out to adopt@joyfulpets.com! Could your home be the sanctuary this brave and beautiful soul has been waiting for?
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Strongheart

German Shepherd Dog

Male, 5 yrs 5 mos
los angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
FOSTER/ADOPT STRONGHEART *courtesy post for the amazing staff who saved his life This 5 year old baby is a victim of abuse He was dropped off at Ohana veterinary clinic to be euthanized by his “owners”.  It was all admitted to the vet that the husband of the household was an abusive alcoholic and would come home and act aggressive toward him and the wife. He would kick this sweet boy repeatedly. The wife said that when her husband would beat her, Strongheart would try to protect her…leading to him getting the brunt of the husband’s rage.  Anytime the husband would go near him, he would kick him. She admitted all of this at the vet.  The husband insisted on having her bring him in to be euthanized but the staff over at Ohana refused to do so and instead they had the owners sign over rights to them. There’s no way this boy’s story can end here.  Humans who were supposed to protect and love him did the opposite.  This is what the staff at Ohana say about him“He’s the best boy in the world! Super obedient, loves walks, and affection. However, he’s had so much built up anxiety being in the cage and isn’t doing well in there. He started chewing on himself, constant crying, and is losing weight from depression.But can you blame him? He’s wondering why he’s in a cage now.” Let’s please find this boy a home or a foster immediately   ##1616169##
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Tilly

German Shepherd Dog

Female, 1 yr 7 mos
los angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Tilly is the sweetest and silliest girl! She loves playing and loves everyone! Great with other dogs as well:) Fully potty trained and crate trained and knows all basic commands. Tilly has been staying with one of our trainers for board-and-train, where she has been training on obedience and socializing with dogs of all temperaments. Tilly was recently featured on the Dodo on their Dream Date series with Maggie Q! Tilly is an absolute love, she has a ton of energy, loves an active lifestyle and loves making friends with other dogs. Tilly is about 1 1/2 years old and 40 pounds, she is on the smaller side for a shepherd but displays a lot of shepherd behaviors- loves her people, has a lot of soul in her eyes and loves to work! She deserves the best home. ##1728852##
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Luna

German Shepherd Dog Akita

Female, 4 yrs 3 mos
los angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with kids, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
  Her name is Luna, she’s fixed, up to date with all of her shots, and is around 3-4 years old. Beginning of last year, some heartless person dumped her and her 9 newborn puppies in the freezing cold in Riverside. Thankfully, someone found her and I took her and her puppies in. After 3 months, I found all of the puppies amazing homes.  Luna is the most loving dog with people. She’s super independent when she’s home alone, she’s potty trained, very food motivated, loves giving kisses, and the majority of the time she’s keeping guard by the front door like the photo below. When Luna came to me, she was so skinny, her ribs were sticking out which is why I chose to foster her for a while to get her back to a healthy weight and to make sure she felt safe. I have fallen in love with her. It breaks my heart knowing I can’t keep her but unfortunately, she doesn’t get along with other dogs. I have a dog and cat that I’ve had to keep her separated from.  Please help me find the best home for her. I also Included some photos with her and her puppies because she was such a good Mama! ##1755241##
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Frequently asked questions

German Shepherd Dog Basics

Learn about about German Shepherd Dog basics like where German Shepherd Dog come from, how many different types of German Shepherd Dog you can find, and what other breeds mix with German Shepherd Dog.

German Shepherds typically live between 10 and 13 years, but factors such as genetics, diet, exercise, and healthcare play a crucial role in determining their lifespan. Regular veterinary check-ups, a balanced diet, and an active lifestyle can contribute to a longer and healthier life for your German Shepherd. Each dog is an individual, however, so there can be some variation in their lifespan.

German Shepherds, as their name suggests, are from Germany. All German Shepherds are descendants of a small group of shepherd dogs from northwest Germany. In 1900, retired cavalry officer Max von Stephanitz established the German Shepherd Club and registered the world’s first “German Shepherd.” 

German Shepherds were originally bred for herding and guarding livestock, as their intelligence, strength, and agility made them excellent working dogs in the fields. Their adaptability and keen sense of loyalty also contributed to the breed being hardworking and devoted partners for people in a variety of tasks.


For example, 48,000 German Shepherds served in the German armed forces as message carriers, telephone line layers, and scouts in World War I. The Allied forces noted what a great aid they were to the Germans and brought back many to America and Great Britain.


German Shepherds’ capabilities extend beyond their historical roles, and they continue to excel in many modern roles and are beloved family companions today.

German Shepherds usually stop growing between 18 to 24 months of age. However, they may continue to fill out and develop muscle tone after this point. During the first year, they experience rapid growth, and then their growth rate begins to slow down.

No, German Shepherds are not considered hypoallergenic. They are known to trigger allergies in some individuals who are sensitive to pet dander. Their double coat, consisting of a dense undercoat and a longer, coarser outer coat, can release allergenic proteins into the environment. 


Individual reactions to allergens can vary, so spending time with a German Shepherd before bringing one home can help assess any potential allergic reactions.

Breeds that are commonly mixed with German Shepherds include American Pit Bull Terriers, Huskies, and Spaniels. Characteristics of a German Shepherd mix can vary widely depending on the specific breeds involved, the individual dog's genetics, and its upbringing. A few common German Shepherd mixes include:


  • German Pit (Pit Bull + German Shepherd)

  • Shepsky (German Shepherd + Husky)

  • Weimshepherd (Weimaraner + GSD)

  • Shug (German Shepherd Dog + Pug)

  • Alaskan Shepherds (Alaskan Malamute + GSD

  • Spanierd (English Springer Spaniel + GSD)


There's one breed of German Shepherd, but two main types (or bloodlines) within the breed: the working line and the show line. There are five types of German Shepherds within these two types: the West German Working Line, East German Working Line, Czech Working Line, American Show Line, and European Show Line.

German Shepherd Dog Appearance

Learn about about the German Shepherd Dog general appearance like their size, colors, and grooming needs.

The most common color German Shepherds come in is the classic black and tan. Other variations include sable (with a mix of black and gray or tan hairs), solid black, black and red (with reddish tan markings), bi-color (mostly black with lighter tan markings), and white (with or without light tan or cream markings). There are also liver-colored German Shepherds, but they are less common. Color variations do not impact German Shepherds’ intelligence, temperament, or working abilities.

The rarest color for German Shepherds is the Isabella-colored German Shepherd, also known as the lilac German Shepherd. Other rare colors include Blue, Gray, Liver, and White. The rarity of these German Shepherds has made them somewhat sought after, but when choosing a German Shepherd, it’s wise to prioritize health, temperament, and suitability for your needs over uncommon coat colors.

German Shepherds are moderate to heavy shedders who shed their topcoats year-round but shed their undercoats twice a year during seasonal changes. During these seasons, which are commonly known as “blowing their coat,” there is a significant increase in the amount of hair they shed. But regular grooming, including brushing, can help manage the shedding to some extent by removing loose hair and preventing mats.

Female German Shepherds stand 22 to 24 inches high and weigh 65 to 70 pounds, while Male German Shepherds are 24 to 26 inches high and weigh 80 to 90 pounds.


German Shepherds’ size vary between types as well. Working-line German Shepherds, for instance, might be slightly smaller and more lean, as they are bred for agility and performance. Show line Shepherds, on the other hand, may be larger and more robust, meeting specific breed standards for appearance.

German Shepherd Dog Temperament

Learn about about the German Shepherd Dog temperament and how well they fit into your lifestyle, home environment, and family.

Yes, German Shepherds can be left alone during the day, but they should not be left alone more than eight hours a day. Because they are a high-energy breed, they also must have sufficient exercise and mental stimulation. A tired dog is less likely to engage in destructive behavior out of boredom.