Choosing a German Shepherd Dog

How To Pick A German Shepherd Puppy

If you are planning to buy a German Shepherd puppy, then it requires a lot of planning and plenty of puppy proofing. You don’t just wake up one day and decide to bring in a new German Shepherd. It is a big decision, so you should take your time to evaluate everything before bringing the new puppy home.

Depending on the puppy you bring home, it will be easy or hard to go through life with him or her. The puppy you choose will determine how well you can train your puppy, how well you can socialize with your puppy and this is very important because a Shepherd puppy can be fantastic or terrible depending on the puppy. Below are some tips that can help you choose the perfect German Shepherd puppy that will make everyone happy.

What You Should Look For In A German Shepherd Puppy

The first thing to decide is whether you are going to buy a male or female puppy. Male or female puppies are similar in very many aspects, but they still have some differences that you should know.

Many German Shepherds are usually larger, which makes them heavier than the female ones. A male puppy can be 24 to 26 inches at the highest point of shoulders and weighs between 65 and 90 lbs. The females are usually smaller and lighter with a female puppy being 22 to 24 inches to the highest point of shoulders and weighs 50 to 70 lbs.

The male puppies are more masculine, and the females have some delicate features which make them look feminine. Female puppies also have a season twice a year and so if you choose a female puppy then make sure she is spayed. These differences are not as pronounced in adult dogs like they are in puppies.

Young Shepherd Dog Showing His Tongue
Making the right choice is good for you and the dog

When you are buying the puppy inform the breeder what type of puppy you want. If you want a show dog, companion or competitive performance dog, no matter the function of your desired puppy, all the puppies have the same bloodlines. Most of them are bred with an emphasis on health, trainability, and character, so in most cases, any puppy will fit your desired function.  But by informing him maybe, he can help you choose the best puppy depending on how they have been training them.

When you are choosing the best puppy, to make sure they are all of them, and you can observe one by one. A suitable Shepherd puppy will have a good temperament, its inquisitive, outgoing, and it is not afraid of approaching anything or anyone. When the puppies are together, some puppies will single themselves out, but it does not mean they are defective. Take a puppy that singles herself or himself out, and in most cases, he is going to assert himself when he is away from his littermates.

Which Type Of Puppies Shouldn’t You Pick?

There are a few things you should heavily consider before deciding to choose your new four legged friend.

1. Don’t choose a shy puppy

You do want to buy a puppy who sees you and runs away. A shy puppy is usually afraid of places, things, and people. What fun will you have with a puppy like that? Don’t feel sorry for him or her because if you choose him out of sympathy, you will end up getting embarrassed by his character. A real German Shepherd is not afraid of anything or anyone. The color of the puppy you choose is not a significant consideration.

2. Don’t Choose A Very Young Puppy

Just like babies, puppies need their mother when they are very young more than anything. The mothers are the teachers who will model a puppy’s behavior which the puppy will need in the future. Make sure the puppy has gotten its first vaccinations as well as worming. In short, the best age for a puppy to be brought home is between 8 weeks to 12 weeks. A 12 weeks old puppy has received a lot of socialization with different people as well as other puppies so you can be sure it won’t be a cause of stress to your home.

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