German Shepherd Breed Maintenance
The German Shepherd has a medium-length, double coat with a dense undercoat that contains straight hair. This breed requires daily brushing to remove dead hair and to avoid more than usual shedding. Bathing a German Shepherd is recommended every 6-8 weeks to maintain his shedding at a minimal level and maintain his cleanliness. Special de-shedding shampoo can be used in conjunction with a de-shedding tool and firm bristle brush to maintain his shedding. The German Shepherd is a heavy shedder and is not recommended for people with allergies. His shedding can be maintained with regular grooming, however. The German Shepherd's ears should be wiped and cleaned weekly. His nails should be trimmed every 3 to 4 weeks to avoid overgrowth. The German Shepherd does not generally smell. The breed should be provided with much mental and physical stimulation daily and requires daily walks and engaging play sessions to keep him motivated. It is recommended that the German Shepherd be provided with running and retrieving activities as exercises. While apartment dwelling is discouraged, if there is sufficient exercise and space provided, the breed can still fare well in this environment. The German Shepherd is able to reside in many different climates and does not have any special diets.