German Shepherds are a relatively new dog breed with origins that can be traced back to 1899. Although it is a new breed, German Shepherds are now one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide. In the United states, German shepherds ranks as the second most popular dog breeds of 2016. In fact, German Shepherds have many talents and desirable traits which make them the best dogs that every household should own.
#1 German Shepherds are highly intelligent
It is a well-known fact that German Shepherds are highly intelligent. They can learn and do almost every task you give them. Perhaps this is why the largest percentage of police dogs all over the world is German Shepherd. Due to their high intelligence and versatility, German Shepherds are also widely trained as service dogs to aid people with disabilities. Some German Shepherds are trained to compete in dog sporting events.
#2 German Shepherds are healthy
German Shepherd are one of the healthiest dog breed. They can live to up to 13 years if they are properly cared for. German Shepherds love to exercise, thus they are free from weight problems. German Shepherds are prone to several health risks such as hip and elbow dysplasia which later lead to arthritis, degenerative myelopathy and others diseases, but the risk of suffering from these diseases is greatly reduced if proper nutrition and veterinary care are given.
#3 German Shepherds are highly adaptable
Part of the reasons why German Shepherds are popular is because they are adaptable to any kind of lifestyle and living situation. Homes with a large yard is ideal for German Shepherds, but they can easily adapt to apartment living as long as they get enough exercise. If you are planning to get a German Shepherd, you don’t have to adjust your current lifestyle, it can easily adjust itself and suit your lifestyle.
#4 German Shepherds are active
German Shepherds have high energy levels. They can spend their whole days outdoor. If you love jogging, hiking and hunting, German Shepherds are one of the best companions you can have. If you have children at home, they can play with German Shepherds as long as they can because these dogs don't get tired easily.
#5 German Shepherds are devoted to their families
German Shepherds are well known for their devotion to their families. They can become very affectionate towards their owners and in turn become protective of their owners. You never know how much they love you.
#6 German Shepherds are loyal and protective
Loyalty is a great personality that can be found in dogs. German Shepherds have a particularly strong sense of loyalty. They would protect not only their owners, but also all their family members in the household. The strong sense of loyalty and protective instinct make German Shepherds a good guard dog. However, proper socialisation and training is required so that they won’t become overprotective.
#7 German Shepherds are obedient and easy to train
German Shepherds have high intelligence, thus they can be trained for various purposes. German Shepherds are obedient, making them easier to train compared to other dog breeds. Not only do German Shepherd perform well in task training, obedience training wouldn't be any problem for them as well. They will listen and obey to your commands.
#8 German Shepherd are all weather dogs
German Shepherds have a double coat which enables them to tolerate both cold and hot weather. If the weather is too hot, they might dig a hole and lay in the cool dirt.
#9 German Shepherds are friendly to other pets
Most German Shepherds are fine with other pets as long as they have been socialized properly. They can get along well with cats and other dogs. Some German Shepherds can even become gentle and caring towards other pets.
#10 German Shepherds love children
If given proper socialization training from an early age – German Shepherds love to play with children if they are trained well to do so when they are young. Proper puppy training is essential along with love, care and respect towards your pooch. Also, make sure not to allow children to play with the dog when eating or trying to remain alone.
EDIT 26/8/17: Removed section about the shedding behaviours of German Shepherds. Thanks for the comments!