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 problematic. 


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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. 








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Registered German Shepherd Breeders

AdolphaBlack German Shepherds
A micro-boutique breeder of Long Stock Coat German Shepherds based in Adelaide. Adolpha means "Nobel She Wolf" - She ran with strength and endurance ... read more
Aimsway German Shepherds
We at Aimsway have breed many outstanding dogs during our over 40 year of being involved in the magnificent German Shepherd Dog. Including numerous ... read more
ALDERHAUS German Shepherd Dogs - German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
ALDERHAUS German Shepherd Dogs. Registered Breeder since 1972, Breeding and showing has been my life long passion.

We are dedicated to breeding ... read more
Almarjo Kennels - Dachshund Breeder - Durack QLD
We have been breeding for many years, hate to think how many, but over the years we have had over 100 titles and many Grand titles and we have the ... read more
Ambala - German Shepherd Breeder - Sydney, NSW
Breeder of German Shepherds since l968 - German Shepherd Specialist Judge/Breed Surveyor.

We breed quality German Shepherds suitable for show, ... read more
Augsrott - German Shepherd Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
We are conscientious breeders focusing on breeding beautiful, healthy and strong German Shepherds with sound temperaments. We have been members of ... read more
Babenberg German Shepherd Dogs
We have been involved with German Shepherd Dogs since 1980 and have been members of the German Shepherd Dog Club of South Australia since 1981. Our ... read more
Bossface German Shepherds Australia
We are a German Shepherd kennel located in Central West New South Wales, Australia, breeding German Shepherd dogs that are suitable for show and ... read more
Brashawin German Shepherd Dogs - Mid North Coast NSW
We are a small Kennel breeding sound, quality & versatile German Shepherds.

Breeder of German Shepherds, Older Style Straight Toplines.
We are ethical registered breeders. Our dogs are raised in our family home with 3 children and cats. We live on a rural farm were the dogs have large ... read more
Brigenti Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Taree, NSW
We are a small but dedicated kennel in the beautiful Manning Valley. We promote responsible dog ownership and breeding. All our animals are treated ... read more
Chamshep Kennels - Belgian, Australian Shepherds Breeder - South East QLD
Breeder and exhibitors of all varieties of Australian Shepherds, Belgian Shepherds. We have participated in many aspects of the dog world for over ... read more
Crossfire Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Queensland
Crossfire Kennels was established in the 1980s and has produced some top animals. Our biggest influence in the pedigrees of today would be through ... read more
Debbar German Shephards - Breeder - Warwick, QLD
My main objective is to breed German Shepherds with lovely temperaments first and foremost. I have been a member of the Canine Control Council Qld, ... read more
Dexland German Shepherds - Gold Coast, QLD
The pedigree of our puppies is of the highest quality. We breed a family dog for temperament, health and looks. Both parents being intelligent and ... read more
Dienamic Kennels - Longhair and Shorthair German Shepherd Breeder - Vic
Dienamic German Shepherds - Longhair and Shorthair GSD's of Pedigree and Quality.

Contact us regarding litters and availability. We are happy to ... read more
Eternbur Kennel - German Shepherd Breeder - Sale Victoria
We have been breefing high quality German Shepherds for over 30 years.
Eternbur Kennels are located in Gippsland Sale Victoria.

We have planned ... read more
Fabelhund German Shepherds
Fabelhund aims to produce well tempered, versatile, and conformationally sound German Shepherd Dogs. We breed to produce dogs capable of excelling in ... read more
FILEVAS German Shepherds
Filevas German Shepherds is a husband and wife team that is strongly family-oriented and loves the German Shepherd breed.

We consistently strive to ... read more
Freevale German Shepherds
Our dogs are a very important part of our family life, they are not kennel dogs and are treated and loved like members of our family. Our puppies are ... read more
FREMONT Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Newcastle, NSW
Our kennel has selectively bred pups of excellent type and character. With experience of over twenty five years and an ongoing breeding program, we ... 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 function they were designed for. We have well adjusted and ... read more
GESUND Working Line German Shepherds
Breeding and training high quality working line German shepherds for sports and working homes. read more
Gewalt German Shepherd Breeder - Adelaide, SA
A family hobby breeder, our dogs are all part of our family and sleep in the house with us. We believe that GSDs should be a member of the family, ... read more
Glenbala German Shepherd and Border Collie Breeder - Goulburn, NSW
Glenbala specialise in breeding quality German Shepherds and Border Collies with excellent temperaments. Our dogs are suitable for show and ... read more
Gods Miracles - German Shepherd & Rottweiler Breeder - Camden, NSW
We are a small kennel dedicated to breeding quality working line German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

Our German Shepherds are old style, straight ... read more
GODSMARVELS - Rottweiler & German Shepherd Breeder - Sydney, NSW
We are a DogsNSW registered Breeder dedicated to improving the Rottweiler and Working Line German Shepherd breeds.

German Shepherds are hip and ... read more
Gottin Kennels - German Shepherd Dog Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
Located 45 mins north of Melbourne CBD, we are a boutique kennel that specialise in breeding a small number of quality German Shepherds. .

Please ... read more
Hillmagic German Shepherd Breeder - Queanbeyan, NSW
We are selective breeders and only use quality dogs and bitches. We do this to improve on the already great lines within Australia.
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Iccara - German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
We at Iccara – Sue, Larry, Caitlyn and Hazel, are excited to help you adopt your perfect fur baby. We specialize in breeding the German Shepherd ... read more
Kassaar German Shepherds - German Shepherd Breeder - Esk, QLD
We believe that the most important aspect of the German Shepherd breed is temperament. We pride ourselves on not only owning and showing German ... read more
Kennel Lozani German Shepherds
Our contribution to the German Shepherd scene in Australia is growing as we have played significant part in the introduction of new bloodlines having ... read more
Kingkesha German Shepherds - German Shepherd Breeder - Adelaide, SA

“KINGKESHA” German Shepherds are a small DOGS SA registered breeder in the southern vales of South ... read more
Kyndom German Shepherds
Dark Glamour Soundness * Exceptional Character Wonderful calm stable family and sporting companions.

Kyndom Kennels is committed to quality. We ... read more
LaGuardia German Shepherds - German Shepherd Breeder - Queensland
LaGuardia German Shepherd prefix was established as a partnership prefix for Judith and Irene Hayton in 2006 to combine the top producing bloodlines ... read more
LAHETO - German Shepherd Breeder, Perth WA
Solid black female puppies available now to go to their new homes from 31/03/24.

At Laheto German Shepherds, we have are a small but devoted breeder ... read more
Landaverg Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Aldavilla, NSW
Landaverg is a small family based kennel that occasionally has Long Stock Coat German Shepherds puppies available. We are registered with ANKC and ... read more
Leafield GSD's - German Shepherd Breeder - Warwick, QLD
Our German Shepherds are bred for excellent temperament, strong, large & healthy, with low - zero hip scored stock. Very strong bone and ... read more
Leishjaclyn German Shepherd Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
Established 35yrs. The ‘Leishjaclyn’ line of German Shepherds is the most successful German Shepherd producing line in the history of the breed ... read more
Loyaal German Shepherds - German Shepherd working lines
Ethically Breeding working line German Shepherds both bi-colour and sable. read more
Magnar German Shepherds -  ANKC German Shepherd Breeder - Goulburn, NSW
Magnar German Shepherds 2100084697 is located in the Wollondilly NSW, We Strive on being a small kennel so all our dogs are family first they enjoy ... read more
Masterton German Shepherds - German Shepherd Breeder - Queensland
Many of our dogs have achieved their Australian Championship titles with the most prestigious one being Crossfire Claim To Fame "Trapper" who became ... read more
Maxdawn German Shepherd Breeder - QLD
Maxdawn German Shepherds are a selective breeder, only breeding puppies from dogs that have excellent character, breed structure and colour and low ... read more
We are a small family owned breeder specialising in Long Stock Coat German Shepherds. Our dogs are from renowned Australian and German backgrounds, ... read more
MOREKOS Working German Shepherd Dogs
Morekos Dogs compete and work in the fields they were originally intended for, we do not own dogs purely just to breed from. All our dogs prove they ... read more
MydnyghtBlue was established by us as a Mother and Son kennel in Queensland. We work hard to ensure our dogs are in good condition year-round, every ... read more
NikobisHunde German Shepherd Breeder - Sydney, NSW
Nikobishunde is a small kennel owned by Nev and Miriam Kirkham, breeding for temperament and type, on the outskirts of South-West Sydney, Australia. ... read more
PASKARLA Kennels - Labradors, German Shepherds and Rottweilers, UPPER HUNTER VALLEY
We at Paskarla Kennels have been breeding for over 20 years. All our dogs are health checked every year. All appropriate testing is done before being ... read more
Rebdon Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder, Victoria
We at Rebdon Kennels are a small boutique breeding establishment. We pride ourselves on raising companion German Shepherds with impeccable ... read more
Sabaranburg German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
We are a small breeder located in Karnup. Our much loved puppies are reared in our home with plenty of attention and human interaction.

Our puppies ... read more
STORMNAK KENNELS - German Shepherd Breeder - Camden, NSW
Prefix : STORMNAK (German Shepherd Dog)

I am a small breeder, my aim is to produce show quality GSD's as per the GSDCA & ANKC breed ... read more
Sundaneka - German Shepherd Breeder - Sydney, NSW
Sundaneka German Shepherds is a small and successful kennel being one of the top 3 breeders in NSW for the last 7 years. We are the top and most ... read more
Takimbre German Shepherds - German Shepherd Breeder - Crookwell, NSW
Breeding for dogs of correct type and sound temperament. Pups when available suitable for show obedience etc or loyal family companion. Pups bred by ... read more
Trangold German Shepherd Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
At Trangold German Shepherds, we hope that your puppy brings as much love and joy to your home as it did the first day you picked them up.

We breed ... read more
Von Jarntu German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
Von Jarntu Working Line German Shepherds is a small kennel in Perth, Western Australia. I aim to produce premium quality dogs with rock solid working ... read more
Vonbeauty Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder,  VIC
Vonbeauty Kennels is a working line German Shepherd registered breeder with foundation sire Kohletal Aussie & dam Alpinbase Onja in Research ... read more
VonBIOS German Shepherds - Melbourne, VIC
VonBIOS is a Registered Breeder of working line, German Shepherd Dogs in keeping with the original breed standards of Captain Max Von Stephanitz, the ... read more
Vondoussa Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Adelaide, SA
Vondoussa Kennels was started in 1996. It is a smaller kennel on which we pride ourselves on producing quality dogs for show, obedience, herding and ... read more
Vonlup Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder
We are a small, selective German Shepherd breeding kennel located in Narre Warren North. Striving to produce beautiful, intelligent and sound German ... read more
Wohlstand Kennels - German Shepherd Breeder - Perth, WA
Wohlstand German Shepherd Dogs is located in Rockingham, Western Australia. We are actively involved in exhibiting German Shepherd Dogs in speciality ... read more
Wolfdenn Kennels German Shepherds
We breed quality working line German Shepherds. Based on Alpinebase bloodlines.

We live in a rural environment where the dogs have plenty of room to ... read more