German Shepherd Puppies for Sale
German Shepherd puppies for sale are often listed as one of the most popular puppy breeds in the United States. This breed is large, agile, and strong. Because of its size, loyalty, and intelligence, it is often the breed of choice for police, military, and security units. However, this courageous and dependable dog is also an exceptionally loyal pet that is protective of its family’s children and adults.
While German Shepherds for sale have been around for a while, this breed’s traits weren’t formally standardized until the 1890’s. German Shepherd puppies for sale are recognized as a distinct breed developed for working, herding and military work.
This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1908 and was grouped as Herding.
- Country of Origin: Germany
- Weight: 70 - 125 lbs
- Height: 21 - 26 inches
- Color: The most recognizable color of German Shepherd puppies for sale is solid black and tan. Their coat also comes in a variety of other colors including solid black or gray; gold & light gray markings; gray with lighter or brown markings (sable). They may also appear in white. White is considered an improper color in the breed and is not recognized by the CKC.
The German Shepherd is known for his intelligence and desire to learn a wide variety of commands and tasks. This working dog is happiest if he is assigned a job. German Shepherd puppies for sale are eager to please their owners and are very loyal to their master.
This breed is known for being large, fearless, and alert, making them an extraordinary watch and guard dog. Because of protective instincts, German Shepherd puppies for sale can be territorial and aggressive to people and animals that they perceive as threats to their masters. This means that German Shepherds for sale must be trained and socialized in ways that help them curb or control protective instincts.
German Shepherds are usually relaxed and playful with their family, but these active, athletic dogs need lots of vigorous exercise to keep them calm and centered. This breed can also be aloof among other dogs.
The life expectancy for the average German Shepherd puppy for sale is 7-10 years. This hearty and vigorous breed does well in colder climates and enjoys the winter weather. German Shepherds for sale need to be watched in hot weather to prevent overheating.
While this breed is generally healthy, German Shepherd breeders and owners should be aware of these common health concerns:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Ear Infections
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Von Willebrand Disease
To keep your German Shepherd puppy for sale healthy, provide him with daily, vigorous exercise. Because this breed can have joint issues, keep your German Shepherd for adoption at a healthy weight. Minimize ear infections by cleaning his ears weekly. Take your dog in for regular vet checkups. With all breeds, it’s important to stay current on all shots and vaccinations and only purchase from reputable German Shepherd breeders.
Coat & Coat Care
German Shepherd breeders bred their dogs for outdoor work in cold climates. That’s why German Shepherds for sale have hard, straight double coats which are medium in length. German Shepherds for adoption are heavy shedders and typically shed more during seasonal changes in spring and fall.
The hair around their neck is generally thicker. When you get a German Shepherd puppy for sale, you should plan on brushing the dog out a few times each week to keep shedding under control. During a seasonal change, you may want to increase brush outs to several times a week, or even daily to avoid having your house filled with short, dark hairs.
While German Shepherds for sale need a lot of brushing to keep shedding under control, they do not need baths. In fact, bathing is detrimental to this breed and could cause the depletion of natural oils stored in the fur.