Signs you’re ready for a German Shepherd
German shepherds are gorgeous animals, there is no doubt about it. They have big soulful eyes, beautiful fur, well muscular stature that makes them pretty look like a real-life teddy bear. German Shepherds have many desirable traits as talents make them the best dogs that every household should own. It is well balanced, with the advancement of the forequarters and the hindquarters. German Shepherds are now popular dog breeds worldwide. In the United States of America, they’re the second most popular dog breed for 5+ years in a row.
- Handsome, natural-looking, athletic
- Thrives on challenging activities and exercise
- Loyal to his own family
- Highly intelligent and versatile, they can learn almost anything
- None can make them fool
You’ve Got Some Cash To Spend
A purebred German Shepherd can cost a substantial amount of money from a reputable breeder. In addition to the purchasing price, you need to consider other possible neccessary expenditures – regular vaccinations, vet checkups, dog toys, food, medication, and training costs (it can become quite expensive!). And like most things, the bigger they get, the more expensive things start to become. The point is, it’s a good idea to be financially secure and stable before getting a German Shepherd, so you and keep your dog (and yourself) happy and healthy.
Fun fact: The average cost of over a dog’s lifetime is $27,074 to $42,545 (according to PDSA).
You’ve Got the Time
Is your daily schedule typically packed with little time to spare? Then getting a German Shepherd may not be the greatest option. They’re energetic, lovable, and affectionate dogs that require a great deal of exercise to stay fit and healthy. Studies show that large breeds, like German Shepherds, require up to 2 hours of exercise…daily! Sure you’ve scheduled out time for a walk, but what about training, grooming, vet visits, cleaning, and other neccessary chores that come with a dog? Dedicated time for training is especially important, especially as puppies.
You’ve Puppy-Proofed your House
If you’ve got your eyes on a German Shepherd, you’ll need to make sure your home is puppy-proofed from top to bottom.
German Shepherds are big shedders. Care must be taken that the environment is free from valuable possessions or property. Because of the bad publicity of German Shepherds, neighbors may have some concerns about your new pet. Therefore you should explain your goal to the neighbor for your pet before purchasing one. Shepherds tend to be vocal. You should train your dog when and where it may bark.
CONSIDER A LARGE NUMBER OF HEALTH ISSUES
German shepherds are famous for their health issues. Ask the breeder lots of questions about the health of dogs. Sometimes this dog is infected with benign (allergies) to life-threatening (osteosarcoma, hemangioma) diseases. German shepherd suffers from a variety of ailments, so it is wise to seek vet attention or a health guarantee before purchasing the dog. Some common diseases found are hip dysplasia, bloat, and aortic stenosis.
You will have to change your lifestyle according to your dog.
Before purchasing a German Shepherd, review some changes that will occur to your lifestyle. If your work takes you on a business trip many times where you can’t take the dog with you, then this dog may not be fit for you. You should have your own house because some landlords do not like dogs on their property.
GET READY FOR NEGATIVE PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS
German Shepherd does not have a perfect public image. Some people will dislike you and hurt your feelings because people are automatically scared of your dog. It also tends to be vocal. Be aware of this issue, and start your training before purchasing. You should know when and how can I quiet my dog.
Have you enough space for this large breed?
You know all dogs need space both inside and outside. The German Shepherd is a large breed. This dog is very active and busy. There should be ample space for them to move, run, and play. Too small space will become destructive and moody for this dog. Because of their large size, German Shepherds cannot live in small apartments.
Can you make a firm commitment?
German Shepherds have a life span of up to 12 years. This dog will depend on you for its training, care, companionship, and leadership, so the commitment is needed to provide for your German Shepherd throughout its life.
Have you knowledge about male or female dog?
Although both sexes will be equally loving and courageous, there are differences between the male and female. Males are larger and more muscular, will tend to be more dominant while the female tends to be smaller and more protective of her “human.” The female will have a two heat cycle in a year when she will be intolerant of abnormal circumstances. Recall all the points before purchasing this breed.
Do you need to know how to train them?
German Shepherds are large, active, and athletic dogs. All these traits make them unique in the world. German Shepherds are highly trained dogs, and they are useful in many duties such as guide dogs, police dogs, drug sniffers, search & rescue dogs, and many others. They will be aggressive if you do not train them. Their training is vital for you.
And finally, you LOOOVE German Shepherds!