Size: Large Height: 56 - 66 cm (22 - 26 inches) Weight: 42 - 52 kg (92 - 115 lb) Life Span: 13 years Grooming: Medium Exercise: Demanding Feeding: Medium Temperament: Protective & highly trainable Country of Origin: Germany AKC Group: Herding Other Names: Alsatian, Deutscher Schäferhund
General Appearance: Proud, powerful and dignified. Colour: Black, black/tan or grey with or without shadings. Small white markings on chest or inside of legs is permitted. Coat: The outercoat is thick, harsh and straight. The undercoat is thick and short on head. Tail: Set low, bushy and never carried about level of back. Ears: Medium size, broad at base, set high, carried erect and pointed forward. The ears of puppies may stay hanging until around 6 months or older and don't become erect until replacement of baby teeth. Body: The chest is deep but not too broad. The shoulders are long, oblique and well laid back. The back is straight and ribs are long and well sprung.
Temperament: Active, bold, determined and watchful. German Shepherds make excellent watchdogs, as they are naturally suspicious of strangers and very protective of their family. This breed gets on well with children but can be territorial with other dogs. They are extremely intelligent and trainable dogs and make ideal household companions.
Grooming: Minimal attention is needed for coat. During moulting use a comb to remove dead and loose hairs.