German Shepherd Facts
Before you buy a German Shepherd Dog first learn more about the German Shepherd facts.
The German Shepherd Dogs are working dogs. In the beginning
(1899) they were bred for herding and guarding sheep.
Nowadays these dogs are used for many types of work like
search-and-rescue, police and military, as a guide dog or for acting.
German Shepherd Dogs are intelligent, fast, strong, and have a
well developed sense of smell. Because of this they get trained for smelling bombs,
drugs and early-stage lung and breast cancer, diabetes and epilepsy.
German Shepherd Facts
Attentive, strong, intelligent, confident, reliable
One third of large dogs die on cancer.
Weight: 30-40kg (male), 22-35kg (female)
Color: black, yellow, brown, redbrown und grey
Needs time to run around freely
Use dogleash near streets or it gets runover by a car one day
Life expectancy is between 12 - 14 years
The Shepherd Dog is grown up after 12 months
The puppy should not grow up too fast as this can cause
problems in the bone structure. To avoid this, you should not feed
special puppy food for too long, but switch to adult dog food
on time as this has not so much calcium and proteins compared to puppy
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While still a puppy you should not change the dog food,
except when switching to adult dog food.
After 1.5 years the dog is fully grown up and the bone
Many people use dry food or cook for the dog "something
After 20 weeks (5 months) a male shepherd dog should weight
20 kilogram (a female dog 10% less) and not more. Just make sure it
adds 1 kg each week until
week 20. After this slow down in gaining weight until the dog is fully
up, this means until it is 18 month old. This is important because its
bone structure is still soft while it is young.
Don't feed your dog chocolate as it contains 'theobromine'
which is like caffeine and stimulates the central nervous system and
causes increases blood pressure. The effect depends on the size of the
dog and how much chocolate it has eaten.
Don't feed any food from your kitchentable as it contains
salt which is bad for your dog.
Don't feed too many bones
Most Food for People is no good for Dogs
No Fruits as they contain kernels, and these contain
hydrocyanic acid which leads to poisoning of the dog
No raw eggs as it contains Avidin, which binds Biotin
necessary for skin and hair. Cook the eggs instead and feed these
No butter, this leads to vomiting
No milk as it contains milksugar which is not suitable for
and leads to diarrhoea, better is cheese, curd or yoghurt
No icecream, leads to diarrhoea
No onions or garlic, can lead to anemia
No salt sticks
No chicken bones as these can split and get stuck in the dogs
No raw pork or chicken meat as this can transmit diseases
No chocolate, can be deadly because of theobromine which is
The saying: To feed raw meat makes the dog aggressive, is
nonsense. Dogs are related to wolves and are raw meat consuming
animals. A dog shows no different behaviour if he eats raw meat.
Dogs need Vitamin C. Nonsense. Vitamin C is not a necessary
vitamin for dogs. If a dog is healthy Vitamin C is produced in the
liver. Only if the dog has liver problems the animal doctor will
prescribe additional Vitamin C.
Some people believe "Dogs need additional Calcium" and many
give Calcium pills. Too much calcium leads to diseases of the bone
Normal dog food contains already sufficient calcium.
"One year are seven dog years." Meaning: If you live one year
the dog has lived seven years already.
Life expectancy, no matter if man or dog, depends on many factors like
genetics, sports and food, environment and social environment.
Both humans and dogs get older nowadays. The life span of a dog is
8 to 16 years old. Small dogs live longer than big dogs. Dogs in the
country side live longer than city dogs.
Dogs can hear much better than humans. A young man can hear
around 20000 Hz. A dog can hear much higher sounds, between 47000 to
65000 Hz. To hear whispering is no problem for a dog.
Dogs react to high frequencies. In daily life he is exposed to
a lot of noise created by humans. For example running engines in cars,
lawn mower or
vaccuum cleaner cause high frequencies that a human can't hear, but a
dog can. This is very unpleasant for a dogs ear.
If the puppy is seven months old the teeth are fully developed.
For Dogs with Weight 22-34 kg
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