If you are planning to get a dog and have considered a German Shepherd puppy, this would be a good choice for many people. It does depend on your family and lifestyle, however. Keep reading to learn more about this dog so you can find one from a breeder. If you do purchase a puppy from a breeder, make sure it is an AKC-registered German Shepperd puppy.
If you have children and/or other pets, German shepherd dogs generally get along well with each of these but best if they are raised with the children and pets. They are very guarded dogs and have instincts to guard everyone in the family. They may not be well around strangers, however. If not raised well, a German shepherd can be very hyper and high-strung.
These dogs do get large and very powerful, so this is something to consider. This is one of the main reasons it is important that you find your puppy from a reputable breeder that has AKC-registered dogs. This will ensure it comes from a good line of German shepherds and will be less likely of being a nervous dog.
Exercise is very important for this breed as they will not do well if not given enough. They will become unruly and overly hyper in your home. To help with this you should start training as soon as you can. You will quickly find this breed is very smart, which is why they are often used as police dogs.
Take your dog on walks every day or run with them. Take them to a dog park or if you have a large backyard play with them each day. Purchase toys, such as balls, frisbees, etc. that they can chase and bring back to you.
A German shepherd should be inside with you and your family. They would not do well being left outside all the time or left in a kennel all day. They should be socialized at a young age. Take your dog with you everywhere you can and let them be around other people and dogs. If you are gone for long periods of time every day due to work or other reasons, your dog will not be happy being left alone all the time.
You do have to consider that these dogs shed heavily twice per year. You can help with this by combing your dog daily with a brush, or at least combing them a few times per week. Your dog will likely enjoy spending this time with you.
Talk with several breeders until you find one you feel comfortable with. Make sure you visit the breeder and see the mother. Ask the breeder to show you the papers, as well as the papers they have for the mother.
A few months back, I realized that our kids were really lonely. We knew that we wouldn't be able to have any other children, so we started focusing on what we could do to make a difference. We started exploring the possibility of adopting an animal, and before we knew it, we were bringing home a pet that we knew our kids would love. They were incredibly receptive to the idea of having the little puppy, and after a few days together, I knew that he would become a treasured member of our family. Read more about pet ownership on this blog.