Breed Info & Puppy Care

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.

Ear infections
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

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.

Polyarthritis is a condition which causes a dog’s immune system to attack the joints. While causes of the disease are not completely understood, it can be treated successfully with a series of cortisone shots.
Warts, lumps and growths
Warts, lumps and growths, such as fatty deposits known as lipomas, can occur for a variety of reasons. Feel for unusual bumps during your weekly grooming session with your German Shepherd, and consult your veterinarian if you find any abnormalities.
Diabetes causes your dog’s sugar levels to become too high. Symptoms are increased appetite, unexplained weight loss, tiredness, and excessive thirst, and treatment could include changes to your dog’s diet or insulin injections.
Insect or animal bites, tiredness or old age could cause your animal to limp. If your dog is moving slower or putting less pressure on a hind leg then consult your veterinarian for advice.

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.