Selecting your German Shepherd puppy from a litter
- Choose a puppy that is sociable around you and other puppies.
- Pick a puppy that walks confidently with its head high and tail up and wagging.
- Choose a puppy that has clear eyes, ears, and teeth, walks evenly, and appears clean.
- Look at the personalities of the puppies.
What should I look for in a German Shepherd puppy?
- In the search for your puppy, you want to observe the puppies together at first. A German Shepherd puppy should have, first and foremost, a good temperament. They should be inquisitive, outgoing, and unafraid in his advances towards everything and everybody. They will also demand and exhibit affection without inhibition.
- 1 What should I look for in a German Shepherd breeder?
- 2 How can I tell if my German Shepherd puppy is purebred?
- 3 What to Know Before owning a German Shepherd?
- 4 What is the price for a German Shepherd puppy?
- 5 Are German Shepherd double coat?
- 6 What is the most rare German Shepherd?
- 7 At what age do German Shepherd puppies ears stand up?
- 8 Which is better German Shepherd male or female?
- 9 Do German Shepherds attach to one person?
- 10 Do German Shepherds bark a lot?
- 11 What is Sable GSD?
- 12 How do you discipline a German Shepherd?
- 13 What is a blue German Shepherd?
What should I look for in a German Shepherd breeder?
The best German Shepherd breeders will have their dogs OFA certified, which is a test that measures of the health of the dog’s hip joints. Ultimately, choose a breeder that you can trust, that has references and a clean facility, and that has years of experiencing breeding German shepherds.
How can I tell if my German Shepherd puppy is purebred?
Without papers, the only surefire way to know if your pet is indeed a purebred German shepherd is via DNA testing. As Vetstreet explains it, the entire process is fairly simple. Order a DNA kit from a reputable company and use the swab provided to obtain a sample of your dog’s cheek cells.
What to Know Before owning a German Shepherd?
So here are the 10 things you really need to know before adopting a German shepherd.
- They are smart.
- They can have high-energy needs.
- They require mental stimulation.
- They’re cuddle bugs at home but aloof in public.
- German shepherds are natural guard dogs.
- They are excellent listeners.
What is the price for a German Shepherd puppy?
If you are buying a puppy from a breeder you can expect to pay anywhere from $600-$1500. The average price of a German Shepherd puppy is $1000. As a general rule reputable breeders tend to charge higher prices because they put more time, effort, and money into caring for their breeding dogs and puppies.
Are German Shepherd double coat?
German Shepherds have a double coat which is close and dense with a thick undercoat. The coat is accepted in two variants: medium and long. The gene for long hair is recessive, and therefore the long-haired variety is rarer. Most commonly, German Shepherds are either tan/black or red/black.
What is the most rare German Shepherd?
The rarest color of German Shepherd is the isabella due to the recessive combination of liver and blue. You will have to search for a long time to get such a puppy – and his price will likely be high as well!
At what age do German Shepherd puppies ears stand up?
German Shepherd puppy ears can come up between 8 weeks and 6 months. If they are not up when the dog is through teething (this varies from dog to dog but in general between 16 weeks and 20 weeks of age) I tell my puppy customers to get very interested in their ears.
Which is better German Shepherd male or female?
Research shows that males German Shepherds are more aggressive than female German Shepherds. This means that a family should consider choosing a female for a companion over a male. Males tend to perform better for roles in protection and guarding and could do well in a home without children and the proper training.
Do German Shepherds attach to one person?
German Shepherds will generally attach themselves to one person in the family, but they can still be a good family dog. Although they have their fair share of behavioral issues, these generally stem from a lack of leadership on the part of their pet parents.
Do German Shepherds bark a lot?
German Shepherds have one of the loudest barks and they may bark so loudly that they don’t even hear you. You cannot out yell or scream your German Shepherd while they’re barking at strangers, plus this doesn’t teach them anything except that you also have a strong reaction to the stranger.
What is Sable GSD?
The Sable German Shepherd is, technically, just a color variant of the regular German Shepherd. Most conformation show breeders and pet breeders focus on producing red or tan dogs with a black saddle and muzzle. The sable German Shepherd genetically comes from working line dogs.
How do you discipline a German Shepherd?
To discipline a German Shepherd, redirect unwanted behavior, such as destructive chewing, by distracting your dog and offer an interesting chew toy instead. Use positive reinforcement by rewarding good behavior with treats or toys. Don’t use physical punishment, yell, or encourage bad behavior.
What is a blue German Shepherd?
The Blue German Shepherd is not a mixed breed and is simply a variation of the standard GSD. Therefore, these dogs carry the same characteristics and temperament. However, they are much more rare and are therefore a lot more expensive. For a standard GSD you can expect to pay anywhere between $300 and $700 for a puppy.