Learn about the temperament and personality of the German Shepherd Dog. Discover what he's like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of German Shepherd Dog photos.
The German Shepherd Dog is loyal, bold and courageous. He's self confident and utterly fearless. He won't back down if challenged! He's highly intelligent and learns commands very quickly. Because of his high trainability and courage he's the world's number one police and military dog! He's protective of his home and family. You need to make sure he knows that you're the boss or he will appoint himself boss and can become overly protective and territorial. You need to lay down the rules from day one, and he needs to follow them! He's one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. He's aloof with strangers and does not make friends indiscriminately. He's very fond of the children he's raised with. He's incredibly strong and athletic. He's a highly active dog who needs exercise and mental stimulation almost every day or he will get bored, and if he does he can become destructive with your property. If you're looking for a couch-potato this isn't the dog for you! He's known as a "one man" dog because he bonds more closely with one family member who he respects and trusts. He makes an excellent guard dog.
German Shepherd Dog Training
The German Shepherd Dog is the most intelligent and easiest to train of all dog breeds! He learns new commands quicker than any other breed, which makes him very easy to train.
German Shepherd Dog Shedding
The German Shepherd Dog is a very heavy shedder. He sheds an awful lot of hair! You'll find hair all over your home, stuck to everything! You'll probably even find it in the butter!
German Shepherd Dog Grooming
The medium-length coat of the German Shepherd Dog only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds excessively you may find yourself brushing him daily to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)
Tells you how easy or difficult a breed is to train.
A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
Tells you how popular the breed is in terms of ownership. A higher rating means that more people own the breed. The more popular a breed is the easier it is to find and purchase one because there are more breeders breeding it.
Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.