10 things to know before adopting a German Shepherd

Being an informed dog guardian is good. Here are 1O things you need to know before you get a German Shepherd

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One of the most gorgeous breeds

Everyone admires their silky coats and breathtaking poise and elegance.



German Shepherds are known for their charm and charismatic nature. There is hardly a dog lover who does not like or love this breed.

Bit handful for new guardians

If you are a first time dog guardian, this may not be the right breed for you.



German Shepherds are a working do breed. They need an active lifestyle. Unless, you lead a very active life or are ready to make your lifestyle much healthier, this breed may not be the right one for you

10 characteristics of GSD

You must know of these breed-specific characteristics before you adopt.



There are dog guardians and there are German Shepherd guardians. You will have a more active lifestyle, know a lot about dog training and have a house filled with dog toys or remains of them.

1. Smartest breed

They are one of the smartest dogs ever.



German Shepherds rank top ten in the most intelligent dog breeds. They not only know your schedule, they know you. Probably better than you know yourself.

2. High on energy

German Shepherds are almost always high on energy.



This is why you need a very active lifestyle. German Shepherds will not be content with half hour of exercise. They need at least 2 hours of exercise regularly.

3. Get easily bored

This is why you need a ton of toys



Your pup will either get bored of his current toys, or tear them apart quickly. You will have to occupy your pup physically and mentally to completely exhaust him out.

4. Enroll in obedience classes

Obedience classes are a must to keep your puppy in good behavior



Obedience is a must if you have a GSD. If not trained from early ages, your pup can easily become aggresive.

5. Aloof outside

You may notice your dog loves cuddling at home and is aloof in public locations.



This is a typical trait of GSDs. They are total cuddle bears at home. On the other hand, when outside they behave like aloof gentlemen.

6. Natural guards

German Shepherds have a natural guarding tendency.



German Shepherd are very protective of their territory. Once adopted, your home becomes their territory. Even though they may seem goofy, they will alert you at the first sign of danger.

7. Always follow you

Forget bathroom privacy



Wherever you go, your dog will follow. GSDs have a need to constantly protect their guardian and they will do anything for it.

8. Check with the landlord

Sometimes the landlord may not be okay with large breed dogs.



It is always a good idea to first check in with your landlord before getting a GSD. Some landlords may not be okay with a big dog. Thus, you may have to find a new house.

9. Big yard is crucial

A big yard is compulsory so that your pup can roam free.



GSDs need a lot of space to roam around. They are an independent breed. Thus, you must get a house with a big yard. An apartment will not work.

10. Health issues

You need to be aware of health issues of German Shepherds before adopting one.



German Shepherds are prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, allergies and a few other health issues.

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