Will your long haired German Shepherd be your training buddy?

Long Haired German Shepherd
 
Did you ever see a long haired German Shepherd? It’s a rare sight. You don’t see them very often, but when you do, it’s a treat because they are very cute. Or do you have a long haired German Shepherd yourself? Then you’re lucky! In this article you will find out why and you will find out what’s so special about your long haired German Shepherd, so read on:
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

What’s so special about your long haired German Shepherd?

The long haired German Shepherd is a rare species

The long-hair gene is recessive and is known to be a genetic fault, which means that the long haired German Shepherd is a very rare type of dog. Even if you have two long haired GSD’ss, chances are very little that they will produce a long haired German Shepherd. And otherwise: it is possible that two short-haired GSD’s will produce a long haired German Shepherd, if the gene is present in their DNA.
 
The coat of the long haired German Shepherd may come in any color within the breed. So if you love long haired dogs, there’s enough choice for you.
 

 

Characteristics of the long haired German Shepherd

In general are long haired German Shepherds pretty much the same as “normal” GSD’s. This means that they have the same facial features and body type.
 
Male long haired German Shepherds grow to the height of 24 to 26 inches and can weigh 66 to 88 pounds. Female long haired German Shepherds are smaller in size when compared to the males and grow to the height of 22 to 24 inches and weigh 51 to 73 pounds at a healthy weight.
 
The obvious difference with “normal” GSD’s is of course the coat of the long haired German Shepherd. And then it is not only the length of hair which is different, but there is more …
 
The long haired German Shepherd does only have one coat. “Normal” German Shepherds have two coats: the outer visible coat and the under coat. This keeps them warm.
Long haired German Shepherds however have only one coat. The result from that is not only that these dogs have more troubles keeping warm but also their hair appears to be shinier. The fact that long haired GSD’s are not able to protect themselves against the elements, also means that they are not suitable as hunting or herding dog.
 

 

Do long haired German Shepherd dogs have a different temperament?

Although the only difference between a “normal” GSD and the long haired German Shepherd seems to be the type of coat, there is also a great difference in temperament. Compared to “normal” GSD’s the long haired German Shepherd has a much better temperament: he is more eager to learn and more obedient. They also like to stay in constant contact with human family they belong to. They like to become your best pal. They enjoy playing with toys as well as joking around with your family members. That’s why they are excellent playmates for your children. They are extremely loyal to their human family. Therefore your long haired German Shepherd always want to protect you and your family.
 

 
 

The long haired German Shepherd as the ultimate training buddy

Will your long haired German Shepherd be your training companion?

Long haired GSD’s have lots of energy. So don’t take a long haired German Shepherd if you don’t like to exercise him! These dogs need a lot of daily exercise! But if you are the proud owner of a long haired German Shepherd you already know this of course. They are excellent dogs if you yourself like running or walking daily. Other things you can do is play on the field with your dog like fetch. Even if you are in good shape yourself, your long haired German Shepherd will easily remain by your side. So let that be a motivation for your own training endeavors!
 

 

Take care of the health of your long haired German Shepherd

The life expectancy of the long haired German Shepherd ranges from 9 to 13 years. Your vet can advice you about any possible health issue of your long haired German Shepherd and of course may also conduct additional diagnosis if needed. But in general you might say that long haired GSD’s tend to suffer from identical health issues as the “normal” German Shepherd, like:

  • digestive problems
  • eczema
  • hip and elbow dysplasia
  • epilepsy
 

Living with your long haired German Shepherd

While your long haired German Shepherd loves to be around the human family, he will not make it as an outdoor dog. This is of course due to the fact that these dogs only have one coat and not two like “normal” GSD’s. Therefore they need the warmth of your house to keep them warm. This means of course that you need enough space inside your house to have him there. A place dedicated in your house, which feels like home for your dog. This requires a bed and some toys for him to play with. And maybe also a small gate to keep your long haired German Shepherd in a specific room or space. Another way could also be to purchase a large enough crate where your long haired GSD can stand up in as well as stretch himself and turn around.
 

 
 

Take care of your long haired German Shepherd

Grooming!

Yes with all that long hair there is a lot of grooming to do. Long haired German Shepherds shed large amounts of hair. Surprised? You have to prepare yourself to vacuum your home at least once a day, because the shedding of your long haired German Shepherd never ends! Also to protect your clothing you should have lint brushes in every clothes closet. Be careful to brush your dog at least twice a week using a metal brush. This way the coat of your dog keeps healthy and tangle free. You don’t want your dog’s hair matted and stuck together!
 

 

To bath or not to bath: that’s the one million hair question!

While your long haired German Shepherd exercises a lot outdoors, he might also get dirt once in a while (… or more often than not …). In that case it is wise to brush it out little by little before bathing your dog. However … the coat of your long haired GSD does not contain enough natural oils to be bathed frequently. Watch out for ear wax sticking in the hair located close to the ear opening. So bathing is not something you want to do very frequently.
This is not the case for nail care, because this should be done regularly.
 

 

Conclusion

Long haired German Shepherds are not only very beautiful, they are also great companions and training buddies. So not something for singles who are never at home! But for families who like to play and exercise with their dog. A well-socialized and trained long-haired German Shepherd is usually a family dog or companion dog that is very good with children. Although there have been reports of bites worldwide it is usually due to lack of training by the owner or in related to a GSD protecting loved ones from harm or danger. Long haired German Shepherds are wonderful companions and family pets that will provide dog owners with many years of protection and happiness.

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