Are German Shepherds Good First Dogs?

Are German Shepherds good first dogs?

German Shepherd dogs are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and strength. They’re also very active, so if you have an office job or spend most of your time outdoors, this may not be the right breed!

One good thing about these shepherds, though, is how easy they can become emotionally attached, which means that in return, it takes longer than other breeds to gain trust but once gained will never let go until death do them part – even through difficult times like divorceable situations where there’s fighting between owners over custody rights.

15 tips for first-time owners

#1: Know the personality trait of a German Shepherd

The greatest feline buddy you’ll ever have might be a German Shepherd. But it’s not an overnight success either – expect some work on your end, but with patience and dedication (and maybe even a little bit of luck), these dogs will be right at home in no time!

It may seem like there are many things to consider before adopting one as their new family pet; what kind of personality does this individual dog possess? How active or laid back should I keep them during my daily walks around town? Are they going to bond well with kids and other animals or prefer to be the only pet in the household?

Portrait of a German shepherd in a park. Purebred dog

At least 2 hours of activities are required to exhaust a person’s energy.

The German Shepherd is a social and loyal animal. They love their humans, but they need some attention too! This breed can be aloof or aggressive depending on how much you take care of them- so provide lots of toy activity sessions for your GSD to keep it happy both at home with family members (or friends) as well outside where there are other animals around who may prey upon his solo nature sometimes.

#2: Raising a German Shepherd is not cheap

The only way you’ll be able to take care of your new pup properly is by investing in them. You need proper food, toys, and training so they can learn how much fun being a loyal canine companion feels like! And if that means coughing up some cash again for all their needs? So be it – because who doesn’t love coming home from work happy after an exhausting day at work knowing something is waiting on us?!

Your puppy will need food and treats, toys (to keep them entertained), and bedding to lay their head on when they’re tired from playing or eating. You might also want accessories such as chew balls so that the dog has something else besides himself while he plays with these items; crates can come in handy if you plan on taking your pup outside habitation- which we all know is important for any animal!

Here’s a sample of the estimated cost of raising a German Shepherd:

The total cost of owning a dog can vary depending on where you live and how often they need care, but in general, it will run about $500 per year for food allergies/disorders such as nutritious diet or rawhide treats which add more expenses if there are any doctor visits involved with their treatment plan.

You may also want to factor in “pet rent” at an apartment complex where some animals aren’t allowed because managers don’t consider them compatible landlords might charge additional fees too!

Playful Large German Shepherd Dog

#3: Your lifestyle should match your dog’s personality traits

The popularity of German Shepherds is well-known in the United States. They’re active, intelligent dogs that can often be found doing something constructive when left home alone for too long, whether chewing up furniture or escaping through windows! So if you want your pup to act similar, then make sure he has enough exercise each day by taking him out regularly with his favorite human parent(s). 

Some people might be concerned about having a German Shepherd because they are notorious shedders, and their dander can trigger asthma attacks. But if you’re looking at getting one as an adult, make sure that your pediatrician knows before making any decisions!

They also need to know how this will affect other pets in the house, such as zoonoses diseases being transferred from animals like cats or dogs via groomed fur coats- so do some research first. Just temperature changes can also affect how often GSDs shed, with more frequent brushing needed during summer months when they’re more likely to blow their coat (lose hair).

#4: Your commitment is vital

As much as I love dogs, getting one is not an easy decision. They are big commitments, and if you don’t plan on giving them everything they need, then plans may change quickly because these animals come with specific physical needs (like food) that must be met alongside mental stimulation such as training or activity toys which can easily fill up hours each day! When adopting a new furry friend from your local shelter, ensure that you’re prepared to handle all of their needs before taking them home.

So, if you have decided to add a German Shepherd into your life, then many things come with it. One thing is for certain, though- their neediness will always prioritize anything else! You may find yourself sacrificing some days from time to. Don’t judge what they need more than others or how long ago those scratches on the door were made by Fido himself (I know I do). 

In addition, we should mention this amazing breed: They aren’t just stubborn, which makes training easier, but loyal dogs make great pets as long as both traits match up well within themselves.

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