What are the common health problems for German Shepherd dogs? German Shepherds are prone to elbow and hip dysplasia and are also prone to bloating. There is also a considerable number of them who develop Von Willebrand’s disease and skin allergies. The average life span for the German Shepherd dog is 12 years.
Is the German Shepherd a dangerous breed?
The perception that German Shepherds are a dangerous breed may come form the fact that they are largely used as police or military dogs, giving them a “bad” reputation. Their strong jaw and large teeth can also look scary. Although German Shepherd are largely loyal and obedient to their owners, they can be trained to attack upon command. When not trained properly, they can be aggressive. They also have short temperaments. They are also a target for Breed Specific Legislation in some countries and are perceived as inherently dangerous. Many people are working to outlaw BSL, as it unfairly targets larger dogs who are quite docile and well behaved when trained by responsible owners. So long as you are a responsible dog owner, a German Shepherd is not an inherently dangerous dog.
Who are some of the famous/infamous German Shepherds?
German Shepherds have become one of man’s most favorite dogs throughout history. Some of the more famous of them include movie and TV stars like Bullet, the Wonder Dog, Charlie from the movie All Dogs Go To Heaven, and Jerry-Lee a sidekick police dog for the films K-9 and K-911. Some are pets of famous people and have shared in the limelight of their owners. These include Clipper, JFK’s dog and Major, the pet of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
What are the disqualifying faults in German Shepherd dog shows?
Standards for shows vary widely in country and governing bodies. The most common disqualifying factors however include floppy ears that never stand up completely, also called the “friendly-tipped” dogs. This fault is caused by ear cartilage damage usually occurring in pups under 12 months, but is not genetic. Another disqualifying fault is when the tail stands vertically and exposes the anus. A German Shepherd is also disqualified when its muzzle is not predominantly black. In a lot of shows, white fur in German Shepherds is disqualified, but is admitted in some.