It’s hard to miss a German Shepherd if you pass one on the street.
German Shepherds are longer than they are tall and their large, commanding frame is accentuated by a beautiful, double-thick coat. German Shepherds’ coats come in eleven different colors including fawn, sable, and black. Daily brushing is recommended to maintain a German Shepherd’s luscious coat and to prevent excessive shedding. Special shampoo and a de-shedding brush can also be used to keep shedding at a minimum, though periods of heavy shedding are inevitable given a German Shepherd’s double coat.
German Shepherds were bred to be highly intelligent, so they are easy to train and enjoy learning new skills. As a result they are used as police, military, and guard dogs, as well as scent-detecting dogs that identify narcotics, explosives, and cadavers. Over the years, multiple German Shepherds have been given awards to honor their bravery during military conflicts.
In order to keep these dogs both physically and mentally fit, it’s important for German Shepherds to get about 60 minutes of physical exercise a day. Though they can be trained to be aggressive, they make excellent family dogs and often get along with other furry family members if they are socialized as puppies. Training and socializing German Shepherds at a young age is especially important if they will be around small children and other animals.