Type: Herding dog; Origin of Germany.
Height: Male 24-26 inches; Female 22-24 inches.
Weight: 60-140 lbs.
Coat: Length is medium, straight and hard and close lying with a dense undercoat, and a full outer coat which may be slightly wavy.
Description: The German Shepherd dog is a strong, agile, well-muscled dog, alert and full of life.They are extremely intelligent and make a wonderful companion, show or obedience dog. the German Shepherd is exceptionally trainable and works well as a police, guide, or search and rescue dog. Well-mannered German Shepherds should be calm, consistent in attitude, obedient and alert. They are large and alert enough to protect, and are loving and friendly towards friends and family. Knowledgeable training and handling are required, however, due to the German Shepherd's natural instinct to protect their owners. German Shepherds make an ideal pet-- fun, friendly, and desiring to serve.
Special Needs: Exercise, socialization and training.
Life Span: 10-13 years.