german shepherd breed information

German Shepherd

Consistently ranked as one of the United States’ most popular breeds according to AKC Registration Statistics, the German Shepherd is also a preferred choice of many law and military agencies across the world. Energetic and fun-living, the German Shepherd makes a loving and loyal family companion.

While German Shepherds are perhaps best known for their high energy and contributions towards law enforcement, this popular breed is also famously known for being predisposed to hip dysplasia and other hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses German Shepherds are prone to, in addition to hip conditions such as hip dysplasia, include progressive eye diseases such as pannus; digestive conditions such as gastric dilation volvulus (GDV or bloat) and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI); and inflammatory diseases such as perianal fistula.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your fun-loving German Shepherd inherits more than just a keen nose for hunting down troublemakers, your pocketbook will be protected.

Common health issues

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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