Are you looking to add a German Shepherd to your family? Well, this unique and loyal breed has several nuances that may be the deciding factor in whether one is suitable for you and your family.
There’s a reason German Shepherds have been awarded the long standing moniker “land shark.” German Shepherds, especially puppies, are notorious for being very mouthy. Paired with extremely sharp teeth, this can lead to some unwanted pain. This can also make this breed challenging to raise alongside small children, as they often become targets for playful bites. Make sure you teach your dog that biting is inappropriate, and that they should only use their teeth on toys specifically made for chewing.
German Shepherds tend to be “one person” dogs. Once they make a connection and bond with their “favorite” handler or family, they tend to stay extremely loyal to them. This can translate into shyness around or suspicion of strangers. Therefore, German Shepherds tend to be extremely protective of their home and the family they share it with.
There’s a reason this unique breed is often referred to as “German shedders.” Due to their thick double coat, you can expect to see tons of hair covering your clothes, your furniture, and sometimes, in your food! Due to the varying colors in a standard German Shepherd’s coat, no color of furniture or clothing is safe.
German Shepherds like to play rough and do not exhibit the “gentle mouth” of some other breeds, like Golden Retrievers. It is important to note that German Shepherds will often play roughly with their canine friends and get into some heavy duty wrestling. This is nothing to worry about, but it should be monitored so play does not escalate.
German Shepherds were bred to work, and are herding dogs by nature. They are extremely intelligent animals, so it is important to keep their minds engaged with “work” in order for them to be satisfied. If you do not give your dog opportunities to exercise their mind, such as through training or quality time, then you will end up with a mischief making monster.
German Shepherds are not as different from other puppies as you may think, but they require considerably more hard work, devotion, and patience. However, this pays off with unlimited joy and loyalty.