7 Reasons Why German Shepherd is a Good Family Dog


The German Shepherd is one of the most universally-recognized dog breeds. German Shepherds are known for being versatile, intelligent, fiercely loyal, and devoted to their human companions. If you are thinking of getting this dog as a family pet, then continue reading to learn seven of the best reasons to adopt a German Shepherd puppy now:

  1. German Shepherds are smart and easy to train

Many language development test results have put German Shepherds as one of the three most intelligent dog breeds, along with  Poodles and Border Collies.  These dog breeds are said to have the mental abilities of a two-year-old human.

But in terms of trainability,  German Shepherds are considered the easiest to train.  It’s the main reason why German Shepherds are the top choice of special forces and the police.  They love to learn and will listen to your instructions. As such, you should have an easy time teaching tricks to a German Shepherd dog.

  1. They are excellent companions

German Shepherds are the ideal companion dog.  You can bring him along for a hike, run, swim, or a short walk to the park. They can protect you against strangers. Standing around 25 inches tall, the German Shepherd is that bodyguard you don’t have to pay for.  But they can be gentle and friendly to people who are familiar to them. In short, adopt a German Shepherd now and you won’t be lonely for the rest of your life.

  1. They are versatile dogs

If you are concerned that a German Shepherd won’t be able to adjust to your lifestyle, then worry no more. Considered as one of the most versatile dog breeds around, the German Shepherd should be able to adapt to your lifestyle in such a short time.  They can live in cold or warm climates. And although they like to play in large yards, they won’t also find it hard to adapt to apartment living.

  1. They can be kind to children

German Shepherds may be fierce and aggressive when they are around unfamiliar faces but they can be gentle and kind around their masters. And they are gentle and calm when they are with children. German Shepherds can quickly learn how to bond and play with children.  Because of their high energy levels, these dogs can be the ideal playmate for your children. They can also tolerate grabs, pokes, and tail pulls.

  1. They can help keep you and your family members healthy

We don’t really adopt dogs for fitness purposes but it doesn’t hurt to have an active dog who can help keep us fit, right? The German Shepherd is one active and athletic canine you would love to be in your household. He needs around half an hour of playtime and exercise every day, so he will help keep you active for much of the day. You’ll be forced to walk him regularly which will eventually help make you healthy as well. Think of the German Shepherd as your future exercise buddy.

  1. He can be trained to live with other pets

This is again the intelligence and adaptability of the German Shepherd in full display. He can live peacefully with other canines and pets although you have to train him starting from puppyhood. It can be difficult for an adult GSD to live with other pets in a household.

  1. They are generally healthy

Finally, German Shepherds are generally healthy breed. If given proper grooming, care, and a good diet, the German Shepherd should be able to grow disease-free.  Their main health risks are elbow dysplasia and canine hip dysplasia and both of these ailments are considered preventable.

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