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German Shepherd Dog Breed Information | Kellyville Pets

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Thinking of getting a German Shepherd Puppy? Get all the information you need in our dog breed guide to see if a German Shepherd is the right dog for you.

Fast Facts:

How long will my German Shepherd live? 10-12 years

What will my dogs energy levels be like? Moderate - high

How big will my German Shepherd grow? 35-50kg 

Will a German Shepherd be suitable for my family? German Shepherds are suitable for most families

What size housing is recommended for my German Shepherd? Large backyard required

German Shepherd Temperament

German Shepherds are known to be a brave, loyal and friendly breed. The German Shepherd is an intelligent dog and will be incredibly loyal and devoted to their family. German Shepherds are great with children and they generally get along well with other dogs and household pets, given they have been socialised well as a puppy.

As German Shepherds are a very intelligent and strong willed breed it is essential to be firm and consistent with their training. They thrive from being an active part of the family, so it is good to include them in all family activities.

German Shepherd Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia: A common disease where a malformation in the hip joint results in the joint rubbing and grinding. This can lead to irritation, pain and impaired walking ability.

Dry/Itchy Skin: Some dogs, especially those with a shorter coat, can be prone to dry, flaky and itchy skin. This can be helped by using an oatmeal based shampoo and conditioner. If this continues to occur it could be related to a food allergy or parasite, and should be seen by a vet.

Bloat: When a dogs stomach fills with food, fluid or gas, making it expand and put pressure against other organs, as well as compromising blood flow. Large breed dogs
with narrow, deep chests are the highest at risk. This is increased when dogs eat very quickly as they can swallow air that they may be unable to release later.


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CARE GUIDE © Copyright 2016 Kellyville Pets - All information found in this care guide is based upon our own experience. The information provided is not the only information available. In any medical situations,  you should always consult your vet, including questions regarding your pet's diet.