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About the Breed

The German Shepherd may embody some of the best traits of dogs, but they’re not for everyone.

The German Shepherd or German Shepherd Dog, is a German breed of working dog, originally bred as a herding dog, for herding sheep. The breed also goes by the name Alsatian or Alsatian Wolf Dog in Great Britain and parts of Europe. Since then these types of dogs have been used and excelled in many other areas as well, including guide and assistance work for the handicapped, search-and-rescue, police and military work, drug detection and of course being a faithful companion.

They are loyal, confident, courageous, could be of medium to large size, agile, muscular dog of noble character and high intelligence. They’re amazingly versatile and probably one of the world’s most recognized breeds.

German Shepherds will be gentle family pets and true guardians with the ability to learn commands for many tasks, and the willingness to put their life on the line in defense of loved ones.

Despite their purebred status, you may find German Shepherds in shelters and breed specific rescues, like ours. So remember to adopt and don’t shop if this is the breed for you.

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed

24-26 inches (male)
22-24 inches (female)

65-95 pounds (male)
50-70 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy:
7-14 years

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