German Shepherd

Growth Size

The German Shepherd grows to a height of 55 – 65cm, and a weight of 30 – 40kg.


9 – 13 years.


Considered to be of advanced intelligence, German Shepherds can be easily trained and, for this reason, are used by police forces around the world. They are loving dogs that suit all types of family environments and are particularly sensitive to the emotional state of the household. German Shepherds are a large dog breed that should be given plenty of room to run around and taken on runs and walks often. Regular exercise will also ensure that they are well behaved when they are indoors.

Training Difficulty

A happy German Shepherd is a well-trained German Shepherd. Although they instinctively respond to their owners’ commands, obedience training is recommended from a young age to stimulate their mental and physical ability. German Shepherds will get bored easily, so make sure they have lots of stimulating toys around them, otherwise they will make their own fun with what they can find.

Recommended Owners

An intelligent, educated owner who is capable of being assertive, and effectively communicating with their pet is recommended for this breed.


German Shepherds were bred in Germany to create the ultimate working dog. They were the first dog to meet a list of criteria put in place to create standardised breeds. Prior to this, working dogs in Germany varied greatly in appearance and skills from one locality to the next. Max von Stephanitz, an ex-cavalry captain, is credited with breeding the first German Shepherds.


For a large dog, German Shepherds aren't big eaters. One meal per day consisting of three cups of food (half dry, half wet if desired).

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.


Both long and short-haired varieties of German Shepherds shed hair, so weekly grooming with a shedding brush will keep this under control. Owners of long-haired varieties need to pay particular attention to knots forming on the legs and under their bellies.


The Bull Arab has become popular as a working and companion dog in Australia, but it is quite rare to see the breed internationally.