German Shepherds are easy to please and train, and they are one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs out there. German Shepherds are also one of the best looking, thus a good German Shepherd should be strong, agile, well-muscled, alert, and full of life. Here are some things you should know when caring for German Shepherds.

Health

German Shepherds are prone to elbow and hip dysplasia and are also known to be prone to bloating. Some of them develop Von Willebrand’s disease and skin allergies. Learn what health problems your dog is prone to so you can try to avoid them. It is best to maintain the weight of your German Shepherd as being overweight can cause heart trouble and arthritis. Make regular visits to the veterinary and only feed your dog with the food recommended by the vet. It is also highly recommended to exercise and play with your dog for 30 to 60 minutes a day. The average life span of a German Shepherd is from 10 to13 years

Grooming

German Shepherds do not really need special grooming, but it is recommended to brush your dog daily. German Shepherds shed heavily all year-round. It is also advisable to bathe the dog fairly regularly. To prevent foot problems, trim the dog’s nails as needed.

Training

German Shepherds are very intelligent and obedient so they can be trained easily. From the time that it is still a pup until it grows bigger, you must train it consistently and firmly. You can keep them indoors or outdoors but they will be much happier indoors especially since German Shepherds are known to be very attached to their owner. Be sure to keep a vacuum in hand as the German Shepherd sheds a lot. When keeping them outdoors, make sure your gate is secured and your fence is high enough to prevent your dog from jumping over it.