German Shepherd Breeders

Written by Courtney Salinas
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The German Shepherd is a noble and intelligent breed that was derived from a variety of shepherding dogs. Their rugged nature allowed them to work in difficult conditions while their intelligence allowed them to work efficiently. They were bred to be large enough to protect, but not to be so large that they were unwieldy.

German Shepherds are now very popular for use in police work. Their extreme intelligence and willingness to work hard make them perfect for service work. Since they were bred to protect their flock from attack and to not be gun shy or excitable, they work well in the high stress situations of police dogs.

Finding a German Shepherd Breeder

When looking for a German Shepherd from a breeder, you should look for various temperament clues. You should not pick the most gregarious member of the litter, nor the most shy. Look for the dog that is in the middle, which seems to be equally energetic and calm. An excitable German Shepherd could lead to aggression problems later in life and a shy German Shepherd will be unable to appropriately take commands.

German Shepherds are known to suffer from hip dysplasia. When visiting a breeder, you should ask about health guarantees. A responsible breeder will have bred their dogs so that hip dysplasia is no longer a problem and will offer a lifetime health guarantee for their dogs. If a breeder only offers a limited guarantee, don’t get a dog from that breeder.

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