01. Exercise and nutrition
To stay happy and healthy, a German Shepherd requires between 1-2 hours of walking per day, and these long walks will also allow them to explore using their hunting nose. But, be sure to train your German Shepherd from an early age, as not doing so could result in a naughty dog whose sense of smell is likely to get the better of them when off the lead.
As well as daily exercise to ensure your dog doesn’t become overweight, high quality dog food should be fed to your German Shepherd twice a day.
The amount you feed your dog will depend on their age and size. Always read the label or seek advice from your veterinarian if you are unsure.
Lastly, a German Shepherd’s coat will shed predominantly in the spring, so be sure to brush his or her coat weekly to get rid of excess hair and ensure they are always looking their best.
02. Common health problems and illnesses
German Shepherds do have their share of health issues, which is why it’s a good idea to take out insurance for your German Shepherd while they’re still a puppy.
While a German Shepherd’s long, floppy ears play a large part in what makes this breed so loveable, they can create issues when the airflow is blocked to the ear canal and moisture becomes trapped inside. When this occurs, infection is likely to develop, and your German Shepherd will need a course of antibiotics to prevent any long-term problems developing.
Cushing’s disease causes your dog’s glands to produce too much of the hormone cortisol. Contact your veterinarian if your German Shepherd experiences thinning of skin, frequent urination or hair loss as these are common symptoms of the disease.
Distichiasis is a painful condition that causes the dogs eyelashes to grow back into the eye, and prompt medical care is required to prevent more serious eye problems developing.
Cancer, most commonly lymphoma, is another health issue that German Shepherds may encounter. Regular check-ups with the veterinarian are the best way to try and catch this disease early so that treatment can be started at the optimum time.
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Von Khemmels German Shepherds
All our dogs are born, raised and live in our house as a part of our family, kenneling dogs is against our philosophy of dog ownership. Our hounds have 24 hours a day access to the one acre-big securely fenced back yard via a dog door and they all live as one pack. That’s why, when breeding, we pay close attention to producing happy, friendly dogs with easy going temperaments.