Adopting a German Shepherd? There’s no doubt that German Shepherds are one of the most beloved dog breeds in the world. They are fiercely loyal, intelligent, loving, and high-energy dogs.
But, if you are seriously contemplating bringing one into your household, there are a few things that you must know beforehand. Knowledge is key when selecting a dog breed. This is particularly true for German Shepherds.
GSDs come in various colors such as black, tan and red, and white German Shepherd. So, you should have no trouble taking your pick. But, before visiting a breeder, make sure to stock up on this knowledge about German Shepherds.
German Shepherds are High-Energy Dogs
GSDs were bred to be working dogs. They were often deployed in the police and military to be of service. Their favorite thing is to remain busy with some job or another. Because they carry so much energy, they need a way to vent it out.
Therefore, it is a must that you regularly take them out to a big park where they can run at full speed. If you don’t do that, they might turn aggressive and start damaging things around the house.
German Shepherds Need a TON of Exercise
GSDs are not the kind of dogs who like to slack off and lay on the couch all day long. Because of their big size and high energy, they tend to get bored easily if they don’t find some job to do.
That’s why regular training and exercise are going to have to be an indispensable part of their routine and lifestyle.
It not only keeps them in good health, but it also provides them with enough stimulation and entertainment. They become and stay agile through regular training and exercise.
You need that not just for their physical health but for their mental health too; just like humans.
They May Experience Separation Anxiety at Times
Remember that a puppy will have to spend the initial several months being around its siblings and mothers. It got used to nursing and being around its brothers and sisters.
Therefore, when you pick it up from the breeder and bring it home, it’s natural to expect sudden bursts of sadness, whimpering, and crying.
Many puppies would cry at night for the first few days after bringing them home. At that time, it is important that you remain present and give them company. Do not leave a GSD puppy alone during at least the first week.
It also pays to keep them occupied. The good thing is, separation anxiety tends to wear off generally after the first week.
German Shepherds tend to Shed a LOT
If this is your first time getting a German Shepherd, be prepared for a lot of hair shedding. GSDs are heavy shedders. No matter if you clean and vacuum every single day – you should expect hair coming out of unexpected places.
An astonishing amount of hair is going to be part of the package. Don’t be surprised when random people and strangers are picking off packs of hair off of your clothes.
Don’t even get us started about the actual shedding season. Because of so much shedding, you should expect hair in your office, house, vehicle, garden, and many other places too.
German Shepherds Need Socialization
It is imperative that you get your GSD socialized from an early stage. In the absence of regular socialization, your dog might start thinking of everyone and everything (including other dogs and people) as threats. The problem might get worse as they get older.
Take your puppy to as many places as you can so that it gets acquainted with multiple experiences. Get him to experience positive social interactions with people as well as other pets and dogs.
A well-socialized puppy doesn’t feel threatened in new situations, around other animals or people. Socialization is even more important when you have a large GSD who has the propensity to become aggressive. A poorly socialized German Shepherd could become a safety risk around others.
Imagine bringing a new baby home. A poorly socialized puppy could attack the toddler. If you want to avoid that, always ensure their socialization.
They Can Be Rough at Times
As we mentioned, German Shepherds were bred to be working dogs; mainly helping with police and military work. That is why roughness is in their temperament.
It’s true that GSDs can be a caring and loving breed for the ones they love; but in the lack of proper training or during provocation, they may become aggressive and start attacking people. Because of their strong jaws, their bite can be severe.
This is not to scare you. It’s only to educate you so that you can get them trained from an early age. Make sure that right from the beginning their bite is acceptable. Keep giving them breaks during training so they don’t get over-excited.
German Shepherds Need a Lot of Mental Stimulation
A GSD needs more than just long walks. They also need mental stimulation. Remember, they are extremely intelligent breeds. That is why you would do good with enrolling your dog in dog sports and obedience classes.
Training and obedience classes are also an excellent opportunity for you to bond with your puppy/dog. You also get a better understanding of their dog and if any problems set in, you can diagnose them early on.
German Shepherds are among the top 3 dog breeds. They are unequivocally one of the most family-oriented dog breeds to bring home. But, there are some conditions. Make sure to look after their care, grooming, and training sessions. Otherwise, they could become a potential risk.