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After we started thinking more seriously about expanding our family, my husband brought up the idea of getting a pet or two. While I was completely against the concept at first, I realized that it might be helpful for our children to warm up to the idea before having another sibling. We got a dog and our kids were tasked with the job of feeding it every day and doing other tasks, and it was amazing to see how much the animal helped our family to grow. Pets can be a wonderful addition to a home, which is why I made this blog. Check out these fun pet posts.

Selecting Better Pets

3 Things to Consider Before Bringing a German Shepherd Puppy Home

Natalie Baker

Dogs are wonderful companions, but they also come with a tremendous amount of responsibility. Any new puppy that you bring into your home will be a part of your family for years to come. It's important to select the right breed for your family.

If you are considering the addition of a German Shepherd puppy, there are some important factors to consider before you select your puppy. Giving these factors careful consideration will help you better determine if a German Shepherd is the right fit.

1. Activity Level

German Shepherds are active dogs that were originally bred for herding. The innate drive that lies within a German Shepherd needs to have an outlet, or your new puppy could become destructive. Exercise is one of the easiest ways to expel excess energy. Be prepared to take your new puppy on daily walks and runs, and make sure you have time to play with the puppy regularly. Your dog will need both physical and mental stimulation daily to avoid the development of behavioral problems over time.

2. Cleaning Requirements

If you want to bring a German Shepherd into your home, you need to be prepared to deal with some shedding. Your dog will shed his or her undercoat twice each year, and basic shedding can occur throughout the year. If you are planning to allow your German Shepherd puppy inside, you should expect and deal with some shedding. Invest in a good quality vacuum cleaner and plan to have your dog groomed regularly throughout his or her lifetime.

3. Breed Specific Rules

Many apartment complexes and rental properties have rules that prohibit certain breeds. German Shepherds can be on some of these lists. If you own your home, then you will have no problems bringing a German Shepherd puppy into your home. If you are renting, you will need to ask your landlord for permission to bring your new dog on the property. You should obtain written confirmation from your landlord to prevent any disputes in the future.

Deciding to invest in a German Shepherd can be exciting. Make sure that you are prepared to give one of these beautiful dogs the best home possible by ensuring that the breed is a good fit for your family. Your family's activity level, your willingness to clean, and your living situation can all affect the health and happiness of your new dog. For more information, contact services that have AKC registered German Shepherd puppies for sale.