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German Shepherds - Fun Facts and Crate Size

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German Shepherd

German Shepherd

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1908.
  • Lifespan: 10 - 12 years.
  • Size: Large
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Dog Crates for German Shepherds: 48” dog crate 

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The German Shepherd, also known as Alsatian Wolf Dog, is a working dog and one of the most popular breeds in the United States. Due to its strength, obedience, intelligence and train-ability, it is popularly used in search and rescue, various assistance roles including guide dogs, military and police uses, and even some acting! The breed is known as an energetic breed that can develop fond relationships with children when properly established.


Relatively speaking the German Shepherd is a relatively new dog breed. The American Kennel Club formerly recognized this breed in 1908. German Shepherds has medium energy and can come in 11 colors. It is a large-sized breed that is confident and intelligent.


The German Shepherd’s body is long, with a muscular build. It has a streamlined form in both fore and hindquarters. They have a long neck, large ears, a bushy tail and a double coat. Its life span is usually between 10 and 12 years.



It is recommended to provide feed formulated to large-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


During shedding season more grooming is expected in the form of brushing. The occasional bath will keep them looking healthy and clean. In order to avoid overgrowth, splitting or cracking of fast-growing nails, regular trimming is recommended. Regular teeth and ear cleaning are also recommended.


German Shepherds need moderate exercise in order to stay healthy. In order to prevent more destructive behaviors, it is recommended that daily exercise be provided. Examples include hiking, swimming, Frisbee, walking and jogging.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 48” dog crates for most adult German Shepherds. Many models also come with a divider that allows puppies to grow into the space.


Recommended Resources:


Puppy Sites - German Shepherds 


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