By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats
About the German Shepherd
Height (to base of neck): female 22-24″, male 24-26″
Weight: 75-95 lbs
Color: Most colors permitted, black to tan are most common.
Coat: Double coat with soft inner coat and medium length coarse outer coat. Long haired variety exists
Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
Energy level: High
Exercise needs: high
Is a German Shepherd the Right Dog Breed for You?
German Shepherds were originally bred as working dogs, and thus this breed does best with a job. They are highly suited to rescue and police work and can be very intelligent, but require a diligent and devoted owner who will work on behavioral training in order to create the best companion pet. They can be prone to separation anxiety and are extremely loyal and protective. Temperament can verge on aggressive, especially if not trained or socialized well, or are subject to poor breeding. Coat requires little to maintain, mostly regular brushing. Best suited to a lifestyle that includes a lot of exercise and activity.
5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for German Shepherds
According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives
|Medical Issue||Average Claim Amount||Most Expensive Claim|
|Pyoderma (Bacterial Skin Infection)||$320||$3,555|
|Gastroenteritis (inflammation and/or infection of the stomach, small intestine and colon)||$527||$2,990|
|Hip or Elbow Dysplasia||$1,237||$7,618|
|Lipoma (Benign Fat Tumors)||$583||$3,439|
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