German shepherds are an instantly recognizable breed. They are respected for their adaptability, physical prowess and overall intelligence. Apart from these features, this breed is very loving and most German shepherds are devoted to their owners. As a result, adopting a beautiful German shepherd puppy for your home is a great idea. But before you do this, here are a few things you should know.
*Choose your black german shepherd puppy from a reputable dealer. We cannot emphasize this enough. Good breeders select black german shepherds mom and dads for their health, performance and nature and this results in a quality litter of pedigreed german shepherd dog pups. Once you find a good breeder, half your work is done.
*Check the father and mother of the litter. Take a quick look at the parents when you are choosing your puppy. The parents should be healthy, interested, but aloof. Do not choose puppies from aggressive parents. If one parent is missing, please avoid this litter completely. Unethical breeders may breed a Shetland sheepdog and a shepherd mix to sell the litter. You will not notice any problems in the puppy but differences will become apparent as the puppy grows up.
*Most ethical breeders will have detailed paperwork regarding the parents as well as the litter. This is particularly important as some bloodlines have dangerous hereditary conditions like hip dysplasia. If the breeder has the correct paperwork, he will know the health of both parents and the potential health of the litter as well. In fact some breeders will offer health guarantees for common health conditions seen in German shepherds.
*You can usually see puppies around eight weeks of age. Do not adopt puppies younger than this as it will affect the health and temperament of the puppy. However, emergency adoptions may require you to take the puppy home early. In this case, you should know that the puppy will require the same care as that of a newborn baby. In the same vein, do not adopt puppies that are more than 11-12 weeks old. These puppies have already developed habits that are difficult to change in a new household.
*Do not select a shy puppy. You need a puppy that is inquisitive, outgoing, active, and affectionate. Sometimes puppies in a litter pick a single pup to pick on. This is normal behavior and it should not affect your decision while choosing a puppy. Avoid puppies that are shy, who sit down with their tails tucked under and who runs and hides when they see you. This type of puppy requires a lot of attention and it may not be the right pick for you.
*Color is not critically important and most puppies have the classic brown/black shading. However, avoid puppies that are while in color. It is not a health criteria, but it does affect grading and leads to automatic disqualification in AKC competitions.
Raising a puppy with children requires a lot of patience but German shepherds are excellent family dogs. They usually pick a special person to love but they relate well to almost every family member. Moreover, puppies raised with infants are usually abundantly loving and extremely tolerant of sticky grabby fingers and rambunctious children.