© Divon Kennels 2002
Frequently Asked Questions about our German Shepherds & Puppies Are German Shepherds good family pets?  Well bred and properly trained German Shepherds make excellent family pets.  German Shepherds are naturally protective of their "pack".  Your new German Shepherds ranking in the "pack" should be established as the bottom member below humans.  A young puppy should never be left unattended with young children, however, if the children learn to respect your new German Shepherd puppy, it will be a wonderful companion for the children as they grow up together. Should I get a Male or Female German Shepherd Puppy?  Generally it is said that Males are more territorial and Females are more "pack" protective.  I have found that is it better to look at the individual characters and temperament of each puppy in the litter. Do German Shepherds shed a lot?  Yes, German Shepherds are double coated, which means they have an undercoat and guard hairs.  The guard hairs are shed all year, while the undercoat is blown twice a year.  Regular weekly brushing can keep this relatively under control. Are German Shepherds easy to Train?  Yes German Shepherds are easy to train and very smart.  German Shepherds are willing to learn and enjoy the time spent in training sessions, however do not overdo it with young puppies as they do not have the attention span.  German Shepherds have a more dominant personality than some breeds, so it is important to establish your new puppies order in your pack early.  Some care in training is recommended, classes are extremely beneficial.  A German Shepherd that thinks it is the Alpha dog can be a big handful.  We will help you select the puppy that is right for your environment and will provide you on-going support to make the introduction of your new German Shepherd puppy into your family as easy as possible. What are the traits in GSDs?  German Shepherds are naturally loyal, intelligent and protective.  They are calm and have steady temperaments when well bred.  GSDs are very affectionate but not dependent, they are aloof to strangers and can be indifferent to those outside their pack.  They are very trainable and love to work, German Shepherds thrive on regular exercise, mental stimuli and a well balanced diet.  Breeding plays in important role in the temperament of GSDs, so it is important to pick a breeder who is concerned with both physical health and the personality of their puppies. Will my German Shepherd puppies ears stand up?  Some puppies ears can stand up as early as 8-10 weeks, however, it is more common for them to be fully standing between 6- 7 months.  You may notice that your puppies ear's are up for a few days then go down again, this is common and can occur when the puppy is teething, so don't be concerned.  Some puppies ear's will never stand, this is called soft ears and is a genetic trait.  A German Shepherd dog with soft ears should never be breed. How big will my German Shepherd be?  Adult males generally range between 24"-26" at the shoulder, females 22-24".  Males can weigh anywhere from 65-90lbs and females 50-75lbs. What is the difference between working line and show line German Shepherds?  Working line German Shepherds are dogs that are developed mainly for their working ability and most often you will see them competing in Schutzhund.  These dogs generally have higher drives and their appearance is very diverse.  The show lines are breed with focus on structure and appearance, their working drives are generally lower than the working line.  The show line are dogs that are generally easy to live with, trainable, stable and calm. Working and show lines are still similar in temperament, however the working line has higher drive and more intensity.  Keep in mind German Shepherds are a working breed and require, exercise and appropriate training. What is the size of an average German Shepherd litter?  The average size of a litter for GSDs is 6-8 puppies. What is the life expectancy of a German Shepherd?  Most German Shepherds will live to between 10-13 years of age.  11-12 is probably a reasonable expectation. Bringing your new German Shepherd Puppy home.   Make sure you and your family commit yourself to training your puppy.  Research your local training facilities and beginning at about 12 weeks old sign up for puppy classes.  This will help with socialization and early training of your new puppy.  Move to more advanced classes when your dog is about six months old.  Make sure you stay motivated and knowledgeable an untrained GSD can prove to be an unacceptable family member.  Make sure you work with your new puppy everyday. Do not ask to much from a young German Shepherd Dog physically, such as jumping and long runs while your pup is growing.  This can be too hard on the growing joints.  Your German Shepherd should be about 12-18 months old before any heaving physical demands should be placed on them. Expose your puppy to as many different experiences as possible, but do not allow your puppy to be traumatized.  Remember to protect your puppy, if you protect them at a young age they will protect you for the rest of their lives. Although it is tempting to pet you GSDs ears wait until they are strong and standing erect.  There are many other spots that they love to get petted. We highly recommend that you use crate training to house train your new German Shepherd Puppy.  We have found that this works the best as puppies do not like to mess where they sleep.  You will find that the crate will become a safe place for them to go, lay down and relax when they are tired.
Divon Kennels
German Shepherds of Distinction
© Divon Kennels 2002
Frequently Asked Questions about our German Shepherds & Puppies Are German Shepherds good family pets?  Well bred and properly trained German Shepherds make excellent family pets.  German Shepherds are naturally protective of their "pack".  Your new German Shepherds ranking in the "pack" should be established as the bottom member below humans.  A young puppy should never be left unattended with young children, however, if the children learn to respect your new German Shepherd puppy, it will be a wonderful companion for the children as they grow up together. Should I get a Male or Female German Shepherd Puppy?  Generally it is said that Males are more territorial and Females are more "pack" protective.  I have found that is it better to look at the individual characters and temperament of each puppy in the litter. Do German Shepherds shed a lot?  Yes, German Shepherds are double coated, which means they have an undercoat and guard hairs.  The guard hairs are shed all year, while the undercoat is blown twice a year.  Regular weekly brushing can keep this relatively under control. Are German Shepherds easy to Train?  Yes German Shepherds are easy to train and very smart.  German Shepherds are willing to learn and enjoy the time spent in training sessions, however do not overdo it with young puppies as they do not have the attention span.  German Shepherds have a more dominant personality than some breeds, so it is important to establish your new puppies order in your pack early.  Some care in training is recommended, classes are extremely beneficial.  A German Shepherd that thinks it is the Alpha dog can be a big handful.  We will help you select the puppy that is right for your environment and will provide you on- going support to make the introduction of your new German Shepherd puppy into your family as easy as possible. What are the traits in GSDs?  German Shepherds are naturally loyal, intelligent and protective.  They are calm and have steady temperaments when well bred.  GSDs are very affectionate but not dependent, they are aloof to strangers and can be indifferent to those outside their pack.  They are very trainable and love to work, German Shepherds thrive on regular exercise, mental stimuli and a well balanced diet.  Breeding plays in important role in the temperament of GSDs, so it is important to pick a breeder who is concerned with both physical health and the personality of their puppies. Will my German Shepherd puppies ears stand up?  Some puppies ears can stand up as early as 8-10 weeks, however, it is more common for them to be fully standing between 6-7 months.  You may notice that your puppies ear's are up for a few days then go down again, this is common and can occur when the puppy is teething, so don't be concerned.  Some puppies ear's will never stand, this is called soft ears and is a genetic trait.  A German Shepherd dog with soft ears should never be breed. How big will my German Shepherd be?  Adult males generally range between 24"- 26" at the shoulder, females 22-24".  Males can weigh anywhere from 65-90lbs and females 50-75lbs. What is the difference between working line and show line German Shepherds?  Working line German Shepherds are dogs that are developed mainly for their working ability and most often you will see them competing in Schutzhund.  These dogs generally have higher drives and their appearance is very diverse.  The show lines are breed with focus on structure and appearance, their working drives are generally lower than the working line.  The show line are dogs that are generally easy to live with, trainable, stable and calm. Working and show lines are still similar in temperament, however the working line has higher drive and more intensity.  Keep in mind German Shepherds are a working breed and require, exercise and appropriate training. What is the size of an average German Shepherd litter?  The average size of a litter for GSDs is 6-8 puppies. What is the life expectancy of a German Shepherd?  Most German Shepherds will live to between 10-13 years of age.  11-12 is probably a reasonable expectation. Bringing your new German Shepherd Puppy home.   Make sure you and your family commit yourself to training your puppy.  Research your local training facilities and beginning at about 12 weeks old sign up for puppy classes.  This will help with socialization and early training of your new puppy.  Move to more advanced classes when your dog is about six months old.  Make sure you stay motivated and knowledgeable an untrained GSD can prove to be an unacceptable family member.  Make sure you work with your new puppy everyday. Do not ask to much from a young German Shepherd Dog physically, such as jumping and long runs while your pup is growing.  This can be too hard on the growing joints.  Your German Shepherd should be about 12-18 months old before any heaving physical demands should be placed on them. Expose your puppy to as many different experiences as possible, but do not allow your puppy to be traumatized.  Remember to protect your puppy, if you protect them at a young age they will protect you for the rest of their lives. Although it is tempting to pet you GSDs ears wait until they are strong and standing erect.  There are many other spots that they love to get petted. We highly recommend that you use crate training to house train your new German Shepherd Puppy.  We have found that this works the best as puppies do not like to mess where they sleep.  You will find that the crate will become a safe place for them to go, lay down and relax when they are tired.
Divon Kennels
German Shepherds of Distinction