Things To Consider:
Training and socialization is a must start early and be consistent.
Some homeowners insurances will increase your yearly premiums.
Daily exercise and mental stimulation is a must.
Food and healthcare cost are on the higher-end, for dog breeds.
Things You’ll Enjoy:
A lifetime, loyal companion.
A 24-hour, 7-day a week, real-live security system!
A full-time play-mate for your kids.
A running-buddy, or “fitness-motivator.”
About the German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is a breed of medium to large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. As part of the Herding Group, German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding sheep. Since that time, however, because of their strength, intelligence, trainability and obedience, German Shepherds around the world are often the preferred breed for many types of work, including disability assistance, search-and-rescue, police and military roles, and even acting.
The German Shepherd is the second-most popular breed of dog in the United States and fourth-most popular in the United Kingdom.
Temperament: Watchful, Alert, Curious, Obedient, Loyal, Confident, Courageous, Intelligent
Life Span: 9 – 13 years
Average Weight: Male 66-68 lbs., Female 49-71 lbs.
Average Height: Male 24-26 in., Female 22-24 in.
Colors Available: Black, Grey, Sable, Black & Tan, Blue, Red & Black, Black & Silver, Liver, White
COURAGE • LOYALTY • INTELLIGENCE • VERSATILITY
"The most striking feature of the correctly bred German Shepherd are firmness of nerves, attentiveness, un-shockability, tractability, watchfulness, reliability and incorruptibility together with courage, fighting tenacity, and hardness."
~ Captain Max von Stephanitz
Temperament and working ability is just as important as health, especially in a working dog breed like the German Shepherd dog. Bred originally for herding, and later used heavily for police and military work, the German Shepherd dog requires a very special and balanced temperament in order to fulfill its purpose.
Temperament, workability, versatility, drives, nerves and all other aspects of the dog can be assessed and verified via training, competition and judgement from officials. Even if you do not want to compete in any sports or work your dog, you still want a dog that is capable of it. Saying you "just want a pet, not a show or working dog" could leave you with an unsound dog who is not capable of doing the things it was bred to do. Just because your German Shepherd will be a family companion, doesn't mean you have to settle for anything less than a sound, healthy and trust worthy dog.
At Outback Valley Acres, we make sure to start training as early as possible, as well as evaluate parent’s temperaments and demeanors before breeding. We never breed for size, color, or anything superficial. We only breed our highest quality dogs.