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Helping Guide to Buy German Shepherd

Harvie Dent Apr 14, 2016
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Kudos! So, You have decided to buy the German Shepherd puppy. But the task is not over yet, you might have spent hours deciding on your dog breed but the journey of finding the best German Shepherd puppy is still far away. As you are making a commitment of 10 or more years, It is so much more important to spend the time doing the research of choosing a pup that is suitable for you and your family. In this post, we will provide you a helping guideline to buy a German Shepherd puppy which is to be followed to ensure good health and happiness for all concerned.

Height (average)Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (50-60 cm)
Weight (average)Male: 30-40 kg (66-88 lb), Female: 22-32 kg (49-71 lb)
Life Expectancy11 to 13 years
Best EnviromentOutside. Can adept with enough exercise.
Temparmentcourageous, keen, alert, fearless, confident, clever

German Shepherd, a German dog breed, is an all time favorite amongst dog owners. Characterized by its great adaptability and physical prowess, the German Shepherd Dog is respected, admired, and utilized throughout the world. These dogs are praised for their versatility, intelligence and overwhelming devotion and loyalty for their owner. German Shepherds are widely used by police and military, search and rescue dogs, and also act as guide dogs for the blinds and needy people.

Here are some of the most important things to notice when you buy German Shepherd

Overview of the Breed

faceBefore you head towards buying a new member to your squad, it is very important to develop some background knowledge of the breed as it will help both the dog and owner to develop a bonding and understanding relationship.

Originally being used for herding sheep, German Shepherds are known for their strength, power, protective attitude, obedience, and loyalty. This breed is the second most trusted breed and the third most intelligent breed.

Dogs of this breed are quick and versatile enough to tackle any situation and are able to survive in almost all living conditions. So, perhaps this is the reason German Shepherd dogs are widely used by police and military as well as by many search and rescue organizations. The breed also comes up with a variety of coat colors like bicolor, black, black & cream, black & red, black & silver, black & tan, blue, liver, gray, sable and white. So, you have a wide range of colors in this breed. So, go and choose your lucky one!

(We will add a table with all German Shepherd Colors at the bottom of this post)

About the Expenditures

Can you afford to buy German Shepherd dog who can live up to 10-12 years along with proper care and health? This is the first question you should ask yourself before buying a German Shepherd dog. But don’t worry, this large and rough dog breed doesn’t demand a big share of your salary. They are not that much fragile like small toy breeds whose expenses are equivalent to humans (or sometimes even more).

You will have to pay between $500-$1200 to buy a purebred German Shepherd puppy from a reputable breeder.

According to ASPCA, an average amount of $1,843 is required for owning a large dog breed like German Shepherd for the first year. After that, you will have to spend approx. $875 every year including medical charges, dog food, personal care products, equipment (like crates,toys, leashes), training etc.

Choosing the age range

Another thing that you should note while buying a German Shepherd is whether you want a small puppy or an adult German Shepherd. If you want a strong bonding and relationship and to give personalized training, then you should go for a small pup. But make sure to examine the pup and its previous generation chart carefully. Other than that, the owners who want a well disciplined, rigid rather a guard dog, then they should go for well-trained adult German Shepherd. Adopting rescue dogs can also be a good option with some added value.

Male or Female

This point depends on your requirements. The owners who are buying German Shepherds for business purpose, then they should go for female. And for personal owners, male German Shepherds are more suitable because females will come in a season twice in a year. Females are also found more protective and concern towards their family. As female German Shepherds are lighter in weight than male and also less dominant, there are easier to handle, training wise.

Choosing the right breeder

Purebred German Shepherd dogs are very rare to find in shelters, but you should be able to find mixed German Shepherds easily. You can even get free or cheap German Shepherd puppies from Humane society or the animal shelter by adopting. But there will be no security of the fitness and the health of the puppy. If you are going to buy from a breeder, then it is must to find out the reputable breeders in your nearby area. You can also get recommendations from your veterinarians.

A certified breeder should have their dogs tested for the Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) gene ( used to determine the hereditary disease present in the litter’s bloodline). You should also ask whether the puppy’s parents are OFA or AKC certified. There is another option of getting a well-balanced and trained adult dog from a breed rescue in your area.

  • Never buy a dog from an online advertisement or website without first visiting the place and knowing the puppy’s condition. Always ask for sales contract or any other certified certification if you are buying through an online portal.
  • Never buy a dog from a pet store. They usually run dogs puppy mills who breed without considering the health or quality of the dogs.

In The End

Your work doesn’t end here. There are many other points which need to be considered when you buy German Shepherd. A proper vaccination card should be collected from the breeder to see the past record of your pup. You should also consult about the early training program for your dog. it’s large and full of energy and require a lot of exercise and training. Proper grooming should also be taken into consideration as these dogs offer hair over shedding throughout the year. Testing the temperament and basic behavior is also a must to check the mental condition and the lifestyle of the dog. People who adopt rescue dogs face the problem of bonding and communication as rescue dogs work in their daily routine as professionals. So, these are all the major points to consider!

For your convenient, here is a list of all the German Shepherd Colors :

Bi Colorbi_color
Black & Creamblack_cream
Black & Redblack_red
Black & Silverblack_silver
Black & Tanblack_tan

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