Dogs are truly man’s best friend and no dog represents that trait better than the black German Shepherd breed. Not only do they fulfill roles as a companion, but they are also great with children. Many other animals are often found to be great service dogs.
We will be discussing the Black German Shepherd temperament through a look at all the different aspects that make up this fascinating breed.
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Why are Some German Shepherds Black?
The gene for the black coat within the German Shepherd lineage can be either dominant or recessive depending on the individual dog’s makeup. Hence, a German Shepherd that is brown or patchy in color who mates with another German Shepherd who is pitch black, can go on to have puppies that are all solid black.
But, why are some German shepherds black? An interesting fact is that all German Shepherd puppies are born with a solid-black or grey or white coat. However, by the age of six weeks, the actual color of the coat that they will develop can be found out. Before then, it is not safe for the puppies’ health to attempt to figure out its prospective coat color.
Black German Shepherd Characteristics
This variation of the German Shepherd breed is known to be larger than their tan-black brethren and is also seen to have a far straighter back. The coat of the black German Shepherd can vary in length, from short to medium to long depending on the individual dog.
In terms of personality, these dogs are generally easygoing and warm, especially to family members and friends. However, while they are known for their impressive ability as guard dogs they, like all creatures, require affection and attention. Perhaps, an extra chew toy is needed for your best friend back home.
The need for the owner to take notice of and spend time with them is thought to be one of the main reasons that they make such excellent service dogs with handicapped and disabled people the world over. They are renowned for their ambient, easy going temperament. However, they have been known to take some time to warm up to new people, but socialization can help speed up the process as well.
While they are renowned watchdogs and are vehemently loyal to their owners, who will stand up to assailants, it is wise to remember that these dogs are family animals who are generally agreeable and deserve to be thought of as part of the family, not merely as an extra form of security.
Health issues for black German Shepherds are not different from the others within their breed, the German Shepherd breed is known to be susceptible to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. This particular illness has been proven to be hereditary though. It would be a good idea to check with your breeder if your puppy is at a higher risk, based on his parent’s medical history, or if he is at a lower risk.
How to Care for Your Black German Shepherd
With these dogs living from anywhere between 12-15 years, it seems only fitting to describe their ideal home environment. These dogs require attention so they cannot be left on their own for long periods of time, they need continuous attention and mental stimulation from their owners.
At home, they live both inside the house and outside. However, if you are considering putting them in the backyard a suitable doghouse with room for them to stand and turn around in is advised. Providing adequate exercise for your black German Shepherd is crucial, especially if you live in an apartment or if you have very limited garden space.
You can provide the necessary daily work out by visiting your local park, dropping him off near a doggy daycare. Yes, they do exist or even taking him along on your morning run. For those who are more into stretching, how about a spot of doga – yoga for you and your dog.
Regular grooming is essential, especially as these are very active dogs so they are more likely to be rolling around in the dirt, hence bathing, nail clipping, cleaning of the ears, and teeth brushing all need to be performed on a routine basis in order to keep your partner in tip-top shape.
And of course, feed them good food that is right for their breed.
Owning a black German Shepherd is one of the best gifts a pet lover can give themselves. In addition to the black German Shepherd temperament being naturally easygoing and calm, while being vehemently loyal and proven protectors, they are also great with children and get along really well with other animals and humans.
The Black German Shepherd is a one of a kind dog for a one of a kind owner and who wouldn’t want one, especially when the idea of doing yoga in the park with a dog that could technically be out sniffing for bombs just sounds so rebellious.