German Shepherds are known to be loyal and very intelligent. They have the tendency to eagerly please their owners and will do almost anything just to keep them away from harm. They are independent, energetic, courageous, and confident. They are heralded for their willingness to learn and enthusiasm and desire to have a purpose. It is part of the Shepherd’s nature to be capable of bonding well with people. Nevertheless, they can become overly protective of their territory and the family that owns them, especially if they have not been socialized properly. Although this breed of dog is known to get along very well with children, it is recommended that owners stay nearby if their children are rather young. Shepherds can get well with other pets, however, it is necessary to have them on a leash for they tend to be occasionally aggressive with other dogs.
Members of the German Shepherd family shed heavily, and that make them unsuitable for owners with allergies. In order to properly preserve their double-layered coat, they need to be groomed at least every two days.
Like other breeds, Shepherds are also inclined to suffer from certain health problems. These diseases usually include flea allergies, hip dysplasia, bloating, eczema, blood disorders, and some digestive problems. Although they are prone to these ailments, German Shepherds can live for as long as 12 years or more as long as proper diet and exercise are given.
The German Shepherd Dog is a family-oriented breed. They do best when there is always interaction with the family members. They dislike being left alone for extended periods of time. Also, Shepherds make excellent Search and Rescue, Assistance, Guard and Police Dogs. They become very attached to and protective of their handlers.