German Shepherd

ACC Introduces the German Shepherd

Now here we have a top-rated dog. Not only are German Shepherds great police dogs, but folks seem to really love them. The German Shepherd is “Confident, Courageous, and Smart.” The American Kennel Club has a lot of nice things to note about the German Shepherd. In fact, here is what they have to say:

“Generally considered dogkind’s finest all-purpose worker, the German Shepherd Dog is a large, agile, muscular dog of noble character and high intelligence. Loyal, confident, courageous, and steady, the German Shepherd is truly a dog lover’s delight.”

The German Shepherd has held many jobs over the years other than a movie star in Rin-Tin-Tin. GSDs can be trained to lead the blind, chase criminals, sniff illegal drugs and guns out, serve on police forces and in the military, visit the sick, and even herd livestock. So, as you can see, they are a very versatile breed.

German Shepherd Appearance

The character of the German Shepherd seems to be what most GSDs lovers brag about the most. The intelligence of this breed makes it easy to train, loyal to owners, and protective when necessary. At the same time, they are very friendly and excellent for families.

They are a solid and agile breed with well-defined muscles. They are alert and full of life, being primarily a one-man dog. With the substantial pose of the GSD, the coat is thick and full, adding to the appearance. The German Shepherd Dog varies in color, with intensely rich colors are the preferred look.

Average Height:

Males – 24-26 inches

Females – 22-24 inches

Weight: 65-90 pounds (male), 50-70 pounds (female)

Life Span: 12 to 14 years

Not sure if your rescue fits this description? Give us a call to find out at Animal Care Center.

German Shepherds at play

German Shepherd Care

Like any breed of dog, GSDs do best with socialization and training. Here are the primary care tips for German Shepherd potential owners.


German Shepherds should be fed high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their age and activity level. In general, their digestive tracts do not do well with table scraps and fatty cuts of meat. Although, adding just a little yogurt, cooked vegetables, or eggs to the food can be beneficial. And remember that treats are great for training, but there can be a point where too many treats are not suitable for dogs.


Often nicknamed the “German Shedder,” if you want this dog, you will want a good vacuum and ample time for combing and brushing. They need to be well brushed at least two to three times per week. Animal Care Centers offers grooming services for owners who do not want to fuss with over-grooming. Nails should be trimmed as needed. And bathing too often can strip the fur of the oil it needs to be healthy.


First bred to be herding dogs, these dogs have endless energy that requires plenty of exercise and walks. If not run often, they will develop a tendency to bark and chew from boredom and frustration.

Additionally, they can have separation anxiety. So they are best when there is an owner present most of the time.


German Shepherds are generally pretty healthy dogs. However, it is essential to be aware of breed-specific illnesses that may or may not come up.

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilation-Volvulus
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Allergies, both contact, and food.

Furthermore, the best care you can give your German Shepherd is to have an excellent veterinarian to rely on. That is what Animal Care Centers is all about, providing the best care for pets and their owners.

German Shepherd training

Animal Care Center Cares for Your Furry Family Members

No matter the breed, you’ll find our care and concern for each pet above compare. From the moment you enter Animal Care Center, you’ll be among the friendly staff, owners, and pets who prefer Dr. Williams. The total preventative care of your pet is our pleasure. So, you need not worry one bit. What’s more, the team will welcome your pet with open arms putting your loved ones at ease.

The best care for your furry family member is at Animal Care Center. We provide complete care for all your pet’s health needs, including dental care, internal medicine, and emergency care.

Caring for the total pet is our specialty. From eyes and ears to testing and surgery, the people of Smyrna, Georgia, and the Greater Atlanta Area can count on the fantastic staff at Animal Care Center and our own Dr. Williams.