German Shepherd Breed Maintenance
This active canine has a medium-length, double coat with a dense undercoat that contains straight hair. Daily brushing of the coat is needed to remove dead hair and to avoid more than usual shedding.
Bathing a German Shepherd is recommended every 6-8 weeks to maintain cleanliness and keep the shedding at a minimal level. Special shampoo can be used in conjunction with a de-shedding tool and firm bristle brush. They are a heavy shedder and are not recommended for people with allergies.
Their upright ears should be wiped and cleaned weekly and the nails trimmed every 3 to 4 weeks to avoid overgrowth.
The breed should be provided with much mental and physical stimulation daily and requires daily walks and engaging play sessions to keep them motivated. It is recommended that they be provided with running and retrieving activities as exercise.
While apartment dwelling is discouraged, if there are sufficient exercise and space provided, the breed can still fare well in this environment. They are able to reside in many different climates.
A high-quality diet is essential for keeping your German Shepherd healthy and happy. Need a helping paw finding the right food for your GSD? Check out our guide to the best dog foods for German Shepherds!