Also known as the Alsatian in the UK and other parts of the world, the German Shepherd is one of the best-known dog breeds on the planet. Courageous, loyal and highly intelligent, the German Shepherd is a natural for high-energy police work. But it can also make a devoted (if slightly protective) family dog. With that in mind, PIA regularly provides German Shepherd pet insurance for families across the country.
Developed to herd sheep in the 19th century, this breed was originally selected for its speed, intelligence, strong work ethic and keen sense of smell. However, it wasn’t until the turn of the 20th century that a standardised German Shepherd dog (or GSD) had emerged.
Originally, the GSD was intended to serve as a herding dog that could also double as a livestock guardian dog due to its size and prowess. Traditional herders such as Border Collies are better suited strictly for herding, as they view the livestock in an antagonistic light.
However, it soon became evident that the breed possessed much broader talents than that. They were used by both Allied and Axis powers during WWII, and they continue to serve an important role in search and rescue detection tasks.
Female: 55-60 cm
Male: 60-65 cm
Female: 22-32 kg
Male: 30-40 kg
Alert, obedient, confident, loyal, intelligent, watchful, curious and courageous
Hip and elbow dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, Von Willebrand disease
Given their tremendous stamina and desire to work, the German Shepherd requires daily exercise and high-energy activities.
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Without plenty of vigorous exercise, a German Shepherd may become bored and begin acting out by barking, chewing and digging.
This is a medium- to large-sized dog with a square forehead; a long, square-cut muzzle and dark, self-assured eyes. It features a thick double coat with medium or long fur. They most often come in the black-and-tan variety, though other variations are possible.
This is a high-energy dog that requires a great deal of exercise and engagement. Its active lifestyle and propensity for high-impact sports make it all the more important that your GSD is protected with German Shepherd insurance to ensure that’s it’s covered in the case of an accidental injury.
It’s also important to note that German Shepherds – whilst generally friendly – may not take well to strangers. Early socialisation ensures better behaviour around guests and strangers as it grows older. Even so, your GSD is likely to gravitate towards the role of a watchdog or protector.
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