The well-bred German Shepherd Dog is stable, sensible, intelligent, quick to learn, loyal and protective of his home and property. Unfortunately, because of the breed’s popularity, the German Shepherd Dog has been exploited by some unscrupulous and irresponsible breeders. It’s a good idea to be extremely selective when choosing a puppy.

Activity Level

A breed of exceptional stamina, the German Shepherd Dog was initially bred to trot all day long. Though relatively calm and quiet indoors, this breed needs lots of outdoor exercise to maintain condition.


The ideal height for adult males is 25 in (64 cm) at the shoulder and weight ranges from 75-80 lb (34-36 kg). Females will be somewhat smaller.


The breed’s outer coat is dense, straight, short and close. There is a soft undercoat.


German Shepherd Dogs may be black-and-tan, varying shades of sable or all black.


Regular, thorough brushing is necessary.

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