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German Shepherds

German Shepherds are loyal, confident, and hard-working dogs making them great for families. German Shepherds weigh about 60 to 90 pounds, making them a wonderful large breed dog. They can sometimes be stubborn and often try to push boundaries to see what they can get away with. If you start training and socialization at an early age, you can teach your German Shephard how to behave properly.

They will easily get along with other people and kids. With training, they can learn to tolerate cats. They are very energetic dogs and will need about 1 hour of exercise each day.

Common Health Issues in German Shepherds

Most German Shepherds are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in German Shepherds are:

Pet Health Insurance for Your German Shepherd

If you are looking for pet health insurance for your German Shepherd, you should ensure that hip and joint issues are covered. You will also want to find insurance that has short waiting times on ACL surgery. If you prolong these procedures, arthritis may develop and cause joint pain.

Many times, Hip and Elbow dysplasia is considered a genetic condition and may not be covered for this breed. If your dog has previously had ACL surgery on one knee, they may not cover the other knee and consider it a pre-existing condition.

You could also consider enrolling in Pet Assure, a veterinary discount plan that is a low-cost pet insurance alternative. This plan has no exclusions due to age, breed, or hereditary conditions. Even pre-existing conditions are covered! Get a quote today. It's perfect for German Shepherds!

 Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM

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