The German Shepherd is a beloved dog breed known for its loyal, confident, courageous, intelligent temperament and double, dense coat. Classified as a herding breed, the German Shepherd is a large dog with an average weight of 50-90 pounds and a height of 22-26 inches.
This breed typically has a 9-13 year life span and requires high amount of exercise per day. As for grooming needs, the German Shepherd has high grooming requirements.
In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at the German Shepherd’s personality traits, exercise and grooming needs, as well as common health issues associated with the breed.
German Shepherd Breed Information
Breed Group: herding
Average Weight (lbs): 50-90
Average Height (in): 22-26
Life Expectancy (years): 9-13
Daily Sleep: 12-14 hours
German Shepherd Appearance
Coat Type: double, dense
Coat Colors: black, tan, sable
German Shepherd Temperament and Personality
Temperament: loyal, confident, courageous, intelligent
Trainability: highly trainable, eager to learn
Exercise Needs: high
Grooming Needs: high
German Shepherd Health
Common Health Issues: hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat, degenerative myelopathy
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