|Group:||Working Dogs (Group 5)|
|Club:||German Shepherd Dog Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Phone:||0413 278 042|
PUPPY OFFICER | Shirley Taylor | 0438 487 632
Background The German Shepherd Dog did not exist prior to 1899. The founder of the breed, Captain Max von Stephanitz, aspired to breed dogs which were truly utilitarian in their ability to work. This is still a priority with many breeders today, coupled with the need for a sound body and along with the trusted and loyal temperament that makes the German Shepherd Dog such an ideal companion. The dog exists today in two coat varieties – Stock Coat and Long Stock Coat, both having an outer weather resistant coat with undercoat.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. German Shepherds live (up to 10 years of age) on average between 10 and 13 years.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The German Shepherd Dog is known throughout the world for its loyalty, trustworthiness and versatility. Bred originally as a shepherding dog, it is able to act as a guardian, herder, tracker, guide and, most importantly, as a trusted companion. It is in every sense a most capable working dog and loyal companion. The German Shepherd Dog’s temperament should be confident and outgoing. It should never be nervous, overly aggressive or shy.
Compatibility with other pets With proper introduction and discipline, German Shepherd Dogs do get on with other pets. The secret is early socialisation. It is most important that puppies be exposed to new experiences from as early as eight weeks of age.
Care Requirements The breed is active and needs some mental stimulation, so a daily walk coupled with some thinking exercise, be it obedience training or a simple "fetch the ball" routine, will greatly enhance your dog’s quality of life. Grooming on a weekly basis will suffice, although the Long Stock Coat variety may need more frequent attention.
Please Take Note The Australian National Kennel Council recognises breed improvement schemes as initiated by the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia and the Australian Veterinary Association. Potential purchasers of the German Shepherd Dog should ensure that both sire and dam of their puppy have been screened for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Displaysia, and comply with requirements for registration of offspring with ANKC. The German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia has in place breed improvement schemes that also screen the breed for haemophilia in male dogs.
Ideal Owner/s The ideal owners of German Shepherd Dogs are people who are able to be assertive and command respect from their dog while respecting the dog back in return. These people are usually very active and enjoy the company of their dog without making a fuss or expecting lap dog behaviour. The ideal owner will treat this breed firstly as a dog; any elevation to human-like status can and invariably will cause behavioural problems. It is important to keep the human-dog relationship in balance. The beauty of the breed is its ability to initially greet you with gusto on your return home, and then act with independence around you until summoned. The ideal owner will also join the German Shepherd Dog Club in their State or an obedience training club, where weekly lessons coupled with daily exercise will greatly enhance the owner’s ability to understand and train their dog to a level of acceptable behaviour. Potential owners should be prepared to seek advice and view more than one litter before purchasing, plus ensure a pup is properly socialised especially from the age of 8 to 16 weeks of age.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the German Shepherd Dog and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs www.gsdcv.org.au. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.