German Shepherd

The German Shepherd Dog is one of America’s most popular dog breeds — for good reasons. They’re intelligent and capable working dogs. Their devotion and courage are unmatched. And they’re amazingly versatile.

The breed also goes by the name Alsatian. Despite their purebred status, you may find German Shepherds in shelters and breed-specific rescues. So remember to adopt! Don’t shop if this is the breed for you.

 

GSDs excel at most anything they’re trained to do: guide and assistance work for the handicapped, police and military service, herding, search and rescue, drug detection, competitive obedience, and — last but not least — faithful companion.

See below for all dog breed traits and facts about German Shepherds!

Vital Stats

Dog Breed Group

Herding Dogs

Height

1 foot, 10 inches to 2 feet, 2 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight

75 to 95 pounds

Life Span

10 to 14 years

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Breed Characteristics

Adaptability

3/5

Trainability

4/5

All-Around Friendliness

4/5

Health And Grooming Needs

4/5

Physical Activity

5/5