German Shepherd Info & German Shepherd Breeders

One of the most popular and recognizable dog breeds, the German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is renowned as a police, protection, military and guide dog, and a loyal family member.  The GSD was developed from the herding breeds of Germany in the late 1800’s.


Alert, strong and agile, the GSD is recognized for its unmistakable appearance, intelligence, unfailing stamina, physical resilience and willingness to work.


German Shepherd Temperament

A well balanced GSD is alert, courageous, self-assured, versatile and willing. Owners will describe their GSDs as loyal, protective, smart and sensible with more than a hint of goofy.  Protective and affectionate with their owners, the GSD can be aloof and standoffish with strangers. The GSD will form a strong bond with their handler and want to be with them. 

Their strong minds are matched with a strong athletic body. The GSD has stamina and is designed to trot all day.  They can have an eager prey drive that needs to be managed through clear expectations and training. A well balanced, well trained GSD can be trusted with small birds and animals. A bored, unbalanced or untrained GSD can become quick to attack and kill. 


The ideal home for a German Shepherd Dog


A German Shepherd might be for you if you:

Want an energetic buddy to join in with family outings and adventures,
Love the outdoors, jogging, hiking and getting out in nature,
Have the time, commitment and skills to socialize and train your GSD, 
Have an interest in obedience, tracking, herding or other mentally challenging activities, 
Can bring your dog to work,
Work or spend plenty of time at home, or have family members at home during the day, 
Can be a calm, consistent and assertive pack leader, 
Understand the high energy needs of the GSD,
Can provide your GSD with a job or role that will satisfy and engage their minds,
Have children that have been taught to respect and interact appropriately with dogs, (and) 
Don’t mind your life being covered in dog hair. 

A German Shepherd Dog isn’t for you if you:

Work long hours and are away from home a lot,
Can’t imagine getting out for a brisk walk, run or jog at least once a day with your dog,
Can’t cope with the constant shedding of an undercoat,
Have a hot temper or lash our when you are angry,
Are not able or willing to spend time training and working with your GSD to provide the mental stimulation they need to be happy and balanced, 
Have children who do not respect or understand dogs, (or). 
Don’t want a dog that demands a huge part of your life. 


German Shepherd training and socialization

GSDs are clever and quick to learn. They are ranked as the third most intelligent dog breed after Border Collies and Poodles. They do best with a calm and consistent training approach and will rise to your expectations. German Shepherds love to please and love to know what is expected of them. 

GSDs need to be well socialised when young to ensure they have exposure to a variety of situations and people including children.  They also need plenty of mental and physical activity to thrive. You absolutely must be prepared to invest significant time and energy into your GSD now and forever.  

An unbalanced GSD can be overly timid, anxious or aggressive, easily bored, over excited, destructive and loud. The combination of physical strength and high intelligence is a recipe for disaster in the wrong hands.


How much space and exercise do German Shepherds need? 

The German Shepherd is a high energy dog. They need significant physical and mental stimulation to be well balanced. This might include walking, jogging, bushwalking or cycling, agility, hide and seek, search and rescue, herding, tracking, obedience, agility or endurance. 

As long as their requirements for physical and mental stimulation are met, they can live in a small to medium living environment but room to run and play is ideal. If bored or left alone for too long, a young dog especially will become destructive. GSDs are renowned fence jumpers and escape artists if their needs are not being met. 



German Shepherds and grooming

Whether a short or long hair variety, German Shepherd Dogs have a double coat. The undercoat sheds prodigiously once a year and consistently for the rest of the year. Be prepared to brush!

German Shepherd colour variations

There are three main color variations:
Black and Tan (Black with reddish tan, black with tan, black with gold to light grey markings).
All black.
Sable (Grey with dark shadings; black saddle and mask). 


General Facts

Life Expectancy: Average life expectancy is 9 – 12 years. 

Average weight: Males: 30-40 kg ; Females:  20-30 kg


Average height (at withers): Males: Height at withers 60-65 cm; Females: Height at withers 56-60 cm

The length of the body is a little longer than the height at the withers. 



A German Shepherd parent's perspective

"I have had 6 GSDs over 24 years. They take time to train and spend time with and they are a challenge until one year of age. I am retired, love my 2 GSDs. I buy from breeders who have done all the genetic health tests to get a healthy dog."  Michele Royalty


"I have had german shepherds all my life. I currently have 2 czech sables. I can honestly say I do not have one negative word. They are smart, loyal and protective.   I love all dogs but in my home, it's only a GSD."  Valerie Lister 


Potential Health Issues in German Shepherds

The original German Shepherd Dogs were square and strong with horizontal backs and strong hips. The modern GSD looks very different with low hips, often curved or even roach backs and hocks that stick way out the back. 

Poor breeding and fashion has resulted in widespread back and hip problems. It is common to see German Shepherd Dogs with wobbly hips and underdeveloped rear ends and their weight on the front legs. Hip dysplasia and roached (curved) backs are having a terrible painful impact on the health, wellbeing and integrity of the GSD. 

Work is being done though to correct these mistakes and improve the integrity and health of the breed.  

For example the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Scheme tests and scores breeding dogs to help reduce the incidence and severity of hip and elbow dysplasia. 

Knowing that the breed is beset with crippling muscular skeletal problems, talk to the breeders. Educate yourself on the history of the breed, the problems of poor breeding and study the standard. Insist on seeing the parents and other mature dogs the breeders have bred.  Look for straight backs and good strong hips and knees. Find breeders who breed for soundness, utility, and a literal interpretation of the standard rather than fashion or what might be fashionable in the show ring.

The original German Shepherd is not that sad slinky wedge shape that is all too common today.  The German Shepherd Breed Standard states that the position of the hind legs should be only slightly set back and the thighs should be strong, well-muscled and capable of powerful drive. The hocks should be well developed and firm with the rear pastern perpendicular under the hock joint (p11).  


The breed standard also states the back should be “straight, tight, firm and strong” (p9) and further, “A curvature of the spine clearly diminishes reach, drive and the GSD’s most important characteristic, outside temperament, its power of endurance”.


The GSDCA and the ANKC have provided a very detailed Extended Version of the Current Breed Standard.



If you are a small scale ANKC registered breeder and would like to be listed here, just contact us or follow a few simple steps .


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Registered German Shepherd Breeders

ALDERHAUS German Shepherd Dogs - German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
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Almarjo Kennels - German Shepherd and Dachshund Breeder - Gatton, QLD
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Ambala - German Shepherd Breeder - Sydney, NSW
Breeder of German Shepherds since l968 - German Shepherd Specialist Judge/Breed ... read more
Aufgehts German Shepherd Dogs - German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
Aufgehts German Shepherd Dogs is located in the semi-rural area of Canning Vale ... read more
Augsrott - German Shepherd Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
We are conscientious breeders focusing on breeding beautiful, healthy and ... read more
Brashawin Kennels Working Line German Shepherds - Hunter Valley NSW
We are a small Kennel breeding sound, quality & versatile German Shepherds. ... read more
Brigenti Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Taree, NSW
We are a small but dedicated kennel in the beautiful Manning Valley. We promote ... read more
Chamshep Kennels - Belgian, German, and Australian Shepherd, Australian Silky Terrier Breeder - South East QLD
Breeder and exhibitors of all varieties of Australian Shepherds, Belgian ... read more
Crossfire Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Queensland
Crossfire Kennels was established in the 1980s and has produced some top ... read more
Debbar German Shephards - Breeder - Warwick, QLD
My main objective is to breed German Shepherds with lovely temperaments first ... read more
Dienamic Kennels - Longhair and Shorthair German Shepherd Breeder - Vic
Dienamic German Shepherds - Longhair and Shorthair GSD's of Pedigree and ... read more
FREMONT Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Newcastle, NSW
Our kennel has selectively bred pups of excellent type and character. With ... read more
Freundhund Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Sydney, NSW
German Shepherd Breeder of Sables and black and Gold GSD's. read more
Gelbregen - German Shepherd Dog Breeder - Ballarat, VIC
We have been breeding and showing since 1995, for dogs that can perform the ... read more
Gewalt German Shepherd Breeder - Adelaide, SA
A family hobby breeder, our dogs are all part of our family and sleep in the ... read more
Glenbala German Shepherd and Border Collie Breeder - Goulburn, NSW
Glenbala specialise in breeding quality German Shepherds and Border Collies ... read more
Gods Miracles - German Shepherd & Rottweiler Breeder - Camden, NSW
We are a small kennel dedicated to breeding quality working line German ... read more
Hillmagic German Shepherd Breeder - Queanbeyan, NSW
We are selective breeders and only use quality dogs and bitches. We do this to ... read more
Iccara - German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
We at Iccara – Sue, Larry, Caitlyn and Hazel, are excited to help you adopt ... read more
Kassaar German Shepherds - German Shepherd Breeder - Esk, QLD
We believe that the most important aspect of the German Shepherd breed is ... read more
Kingkesha German Shepherds - German Shepherd Breeder - Adelaide, SA
“KINGKESHA” German Shepherds are a small DOGS SA registered breeder in the ... read more
LaGuardia German Shepherds - German Shepherd Breeder - Queensland
LaGuardia German Shepherd prefix was established as a partnership prefix for ... read more
Leafield GSD's - German Shepherd Breeder - Warwick, QLD
Our German Shepherds are bred for excellent temperament, strong, large & ... read more
Leishjaclyn German Shepherd Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
Established 30yrs. The ‘Leishjaclyn’ line of German Shepherds is the most ... read more
Magnar German Shepherds 2100084697 is located in the Wollondilly NSW, We Strive ... read more
Masterton German Shepherds - German Shepherd Breeder - Queensland
Many of our dogs have achieved their Australian Championship titles with the ... read more
Maxdawn German Shepherd Breeder - QLD
Maxdawn German Shepherds are a selective breeder, only breeding puppies from ... read more
MydnytBlue Kennels -  German Shepherd & Siberian Husky Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
MydnyghtBlue was established by us as a Mother and Son kennel in Ellen Grove, ... read more
Nighthaven Kennels - German Shepherd & Chihuahua Breeder - Bunbury, WA
We are ethical registered breeders of German Shepherds, White Swiss Shepherds ... read more
NikobisHunde German Shepherd Breeder - Sydney, NSW
Nikobishunde is a small kennel owned by Nev and Miriam Kirkham, breeding for ... read more
Regalschloss - German Shepherd Breeder - Sydney, NSW
Sabaranburg German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
We are a small breeder located in Karnup. Our much loved puppies are reared in ... read more
Sundaneka - German Shepherd Breeder - Sydney, NSW
Sundaneka German Shepherds is a small and successful kennel being one of the ... read more
Trangold German Shepherd Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
At Trangold German Shepherds, we hope that your puppy brings as much love and ... read more
Tuabu German Shepherds - German Shepherd Breeder - Tasmania
I am a registered breeder with Tasdogs /ANKC who aims to provide quality family ... read more
Von Jarntu German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
Von Jarntu Working Line German Shepherds is a small kennel in Perth, Western ... read more
Vonbeauty Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder,  VIC
Vonbeauty Kennels is a working line German Shepherd registered breeder with ... read more
VonBIOS German Shepherds - Melbourne, VIC
VonBIOS is a Registered Breeder of working line, German Shepherd Dogs in ... read more
Vondoussa Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Adelaide, SA
Vondoussa Kennels was started in 1996. It is a smaller kennel on which we ... read more
Wohlstand Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
We have a very small kennel that strives to breed quality conformation, great ... read more


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