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German Shepherd


German Shepherd profile

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Lifespan:   10-12 Years

Avg height:   55-66cm

Avg weight:   34-43kg

Coat type:  Straight, harsh and relatively short undercoat 

Coat colours: Black and tan, black

Originally bred for: Guarding

Breed traits: Highly intelligent, faithful, devoted, excellent watchdogs


A little about German Shepherds

The German Shephard is renowned for being one of the most intelligent dog breeds, and has become internationally recognised for its use in service jobs such as the police force. They are incredibly loyal and excellent companions.




The German Shepherd is a usually healthy breed with the main concerns including hip and elbow dysplasia, with other concerns consisting of degenerative myelopathy, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, haemophilia, renal cystadenocarcinoma, pannus, panosteitis and perianal fistula.


A day in the life of "Lucy" 

I look up and cock my head. Watching. My owners’ lips twitch, their hands move upwards over their head. Still not the signal. Must wait. Must be patient.

‘Fetch!’ And off I run, darting across the field in search of the ball. There it is! I zone in to scoop it up, all while still running and loop back to gallop towards my human.

‘Good girl Lucy,’ my owner yells, jumping up and down. I run faster to return to them. Dropping the ball at their feet, I immediately feel their hand ruffle my ears. I lean into the pat and rub my nose on their leg.

‘Now sit,’ they say. I sit, lay down and roll over, watching my humans hand signals intently. I sniff, could it be? It is! The treat balances on my nose and I wait… Wait... Wait... Go! I chew and wag my tail; my human is happy.

My human turns and starts to walk, slapping their leg twice and I trot to catch up and walk beside them towards the car. We get closer and what is this? A stranger and their dog a few metres away. I move closer to my owner, hugging their leg tightly as my hackles raise and my lip begins to curl. My human.

‘Stay Lucy,’ my owner says, and I sit, watching the strange dog closely. As soon as they pass I follow my owner again towards the car, then wait patiently as my human opens the door and I jump on in. Time for home.
Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.