German Shepherds are good first dogs as they are easy to train, obedient, intelligent, friendly, affectionate, loyal, and good with kids.
Are German Shepherds OK to be left alone?Image result for owning a German ShepherdGerman Shepherds should not be left alone for more than 8 hours a day.
They are easily bored so if they are left alone for that long, they may start engaging in destructive or problematic behavior such as digging, chewing and barking.
Yes, the German Shepherd can live in a small house. As noted above, the home's size can be small, and a German shepherd can live comfortably and behave well with their owner.
They thrive best by their owner's side with a close bond between them, and when they receive expert training and plenty of exercises.
German Shepherds are considered a vocal dog breed, and they can whine excessively to indicate they want something, because they are excited or scared, or because they are feeling unwell.
In most cases, the whining is just a normal and can be lessened with training
Apart from following you around, German Shepherds like to feel physically close to you.
Snuggling or cuddling is one of the best signs that your GSD is being affectionate because this is one way they treat you as part of their pack.
Your German Shepherd will need a minimum of two hours of exercise every day. This should include walks and off-lead exercise in a safe area, with extra playtime and training on top to give them a good variety.
It's not until German Shepherds reach adolescence that their guarding instincts come in full force.
You might start to notice some of these symptoms as early as 12 weeks, but they really come in around 6 months.
German Shepherds are generally low-maintenance dogs in terms of grooming, healthcare, and dietary needs. However, they do require careful attention when it comes to socialization, training, and mental stimulation, so they are higher maintenance in those areas.