The ‘Courageous’ German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd dog breed information

Ever wonder if German shepherds make great family pets? How easy are they to train? Do German shepherds bark a lot? What kind of grooming do they require? What about German shepherd mixes? Read on to get German shepherd dog breed info, which will answer these questions and more.

Do German Shepherds Bark a Lot?

Bred as working herding dogs, German shepherds do bark. Their loyalty can lead to over-protectiveness of both you and your home, which is often displayed as aggressive barking toward other unfamiliar animals or humans. As with all dogs, German shepherds bark to communicate with fellow canines, other animals, and humans. When your German shepherd excessively barks, there’s a reason. It’s your job to understand what that reason is so you can help control his behavior.

There are several reasons why your German shepherd barks:

  • He’s burning excess energy.
  • It’s his territorial guarding instinct.
  • She’s saying hi and she’s ready to play.
  • He’s startled or alarmed.
  • They’re seeking attention.
  • They have separation anxiety.

If you determine your dog’s barking is not due to any imminent danger, it’s time to train your German shepherd!

How to stop German shepherd from barking?

To ensure your dog training is successful, you need to exercise your German shepherd regularly. This is a high-energy breed that needs more exercise and play than most breeds. A regular routine of both physical exercise and mental stimulation will leave him less likely to react to triggers that make them bark.

Training any dog to do anything requires patience, time, and consistency.

First, figure out what triggers your German shepherd to bark. How can you eliminate those triggers? If you can’t literally remove the stimuli that make your dog bark, try a distraction. For example, if your German shepherd reacts to a delivery person approaching your house, as soon as you see the truck on your street, give your dog a toy or another distraction. This routine can teach your German shepherd to associate positive experiences with package deliveries.

Second, use our train, treat, repeat training techniques laid out in our barking guide. Use positive reinforcement with firm voice commands and the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool followed by immediate praise and tasty treats.

Everyone in your home must be on board about how to correct your shepherd’s behavior. This is a smart breed that will quickly figure out who’s a softie and who’s strict.

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Facts About German Shepherds 

Ranked number two on the AKC breed popularity list, German shepherds are smart, confident and courageous dogs. The bond between a German shepherd and his owner is unsurpassed by other breeds and as such make a great choice as a family pet. This breed is deeply loyal and protective of their family and is well-known for their work in the military, search and rescue, drug detection, and as guide and assistance dogs. German shepherds are active dogs that require plenty of daily exercise, otherwise they can get into mischief.

  • Size: The average height of German shepherds is 22-26 inches and the weight range is 50-90 pounds.
  • Life expectancy: The average lifespan for a healthy German shepherd is 7-10 years.
  • Coat: The German shepherd has a medium-length double coat with a dense and harsh outer coat and softer undercoat.
  • AKC group: German shepherds belong to the AKC herding group.

Are German Shepherds Easy to Train?

German shepherds are eager to please, extremely intelligent and easier to train than other breeds. Early socialization and puppy training are essential to prevent over-guarding and aggressive behavior. Continued obedience training throughout a German shepherd’s life is warranted. Positive, reward-based training will ensure success when training German shepherds. Lots of praise and high-quality treats go a long way with this breed, but must be given immediately upon completion of the task. Avoid using harsh physical corrections or tone of voice as German shepherds don’t respond well to force.

Do German Shepherds Need Grooming?

German shepherds shed year-round. Brushing your pet’s coat every few days will help remove loose hairs. If you notice an uptick in shedding once or twice a year, daily brushing with a brush like the BarxBuddy Self-Cleaning Dog Brush, will reduce hair on your furniture and floors. German shepherds need only occasional baths unless they get into something. Be sure to trim nails with the proper tools like the BarxBuddy nail clippers or visit your groomer. Regular tooth brushing is necessary to keep your German shepherd healthy.

What If My Breed Is a German Shepherd Mix?

Over the years, this popular breed has become a favorite choice for designer dog breeders. Today you can find several German shepherd mixes. Because a mix takes on the traits of both parents, there’s no guarantee what characteristics the offspring will inherit, so it’s important you research the parent breeds to understand the potential characteristics your mixed pup might possess.

Here are some popular German shepherd breed mixes:

  • Beagle shepherd — German shepherd + beagle
  • Boxer shepherd — German shepherd + boxer
  • Chow shepherd — German shepherd + chow chow
  • Dane shepherd — German shepherd + Great Dane
  • Doberman shepherd — German shepherd + Doberman pinscher
  • Gerberian shepsky — German shepherd + Siberian husky
  • German Australian shepherd — German shepherd + Australian shepherd
  • German rottie — German shepherd + rottweiler
  • German sheprador — German shepherd + Labrador retriever
  • Shepadoodle — German shepherd + poodle
  • Shepherd pit — German shepherd + pitbull
  • Shollie — German shepherd + border collie