I'm searching for the perfect dog. Of course, "perfect" is in the eye of the beholder. That can be seen on any given day at Petland Naperville, where they can have up to 100 (or more!) different puppies for sale. This gives me a great place to observe many different breeds of dogs in one setting. Today I watched a German Shepherd puppy, and this is such a cute, fluffy little breed! Petland Naperville has a few German Shepherd puppies for sale, and it is amazing how regal they all looked, even as puppies!
I'm sure you can guess where this breed originated---Germany. Interestingly enough, it can still be traced to one man who created this breed back in 1899. He believed in breeding German Shepherds for their ability to work---herd and protect sheep---as opposed to looks. Today, the German Shepherd is the second most popular breed in the USA according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).
The German Shepherd is a large dog, and usually weighs around 55 to 95 pounds. The German Shepherd is covered in fur. Generally, an occasional bath is needed, but more frequent brushing is required during shedding season. (If you start seeing hair all over the house, you know it's time.) One thing to stay on top of---German Shepherd nails grow quickly and are strong. You need to trim them regularly to prevent overgrowing and splitting or cracking. I asked a Pet Counselor about this, and she informed me that Petland Naperville offers nail trimming for a nominal fee.
German Shepherd dogs actually have a desire to learn, and want to have purpose. This means that they want you to teach them things and give them something to do. These dogs are very active. They require a lot of physical exercise, and because they are so smart, they require mental challenges as well. There's a reason why police departments work with German Shepherds---they are able to remember numerous commands, and they are so loyal that they will put their own lives at danger to save their master. Proper training from a young age can help overcome any over protectiveness for his family and home. Even with proper training, though, German Shepherds can be aloof with strangers.
Another thing you have to look out for is healthy food for your German Shepherd. The German Shepherd is an active dog, and must have food that meets those needs. Unlike other puppies, the German Shepherd puppies for sale at Petland Naperville need puppy food for only the first 6 months. I would just ask a Pet Counselor for some guidance to make sure you are feeding the best food out there for your shepherd that will meet this breeds specific nutritional needs.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time playing with a German Shepherd. I love the fact that it's ears were floppy (they straighten out as it reaches adulthood), and it would be a very loyal companion. I recommend the German Shepherd to anyone with a family, and I'm sure you can find beautiful examples of this breed at Petland Naperville.