About this group
The German Shepherd is one of the most hard-working breeds of dog. Bred to herd sheep, they are also extremely popular with the police and emergency services, particularly as guard and sniffer dogs. Highly adaptable and intelligent, they were even used during World War 2 as messenger and rescue dogs.
Why buy pet insurance for your German Shepherd Dog?
While German Shepherds are fiercely loyal, they have a natural distrust of strangers and, like many other herding dogs, have a tendency for chase aggression. While generally considered to be a robust breed, they can suffer from certain inherited conditions, such as hip and elbow dysplasia and ear infections. This, combined with their high levels of energy and need for extensive amounts of physical activity, make it particularly important to have appropriate insurance, both to protect yourself against 3rd party liability and to protect your dog in case of injury or illness.
Why join the German Shepherd Insurance group?
By joining this group, you will be using the collective buying power you share with other German Shepherd owners to get a better deal on dog insurance. We said that when 50 owners joined the group, we would begin negotiations with pet insurance companies to find the best possible deal for your loyal guardian - and we're delighted to have now agreed a special offer for members with MORE TH>N. To find out more and get a quote, please join the group.
And if you know other German Shepherd owners, why not invite them to join too? The more German Shepherd dogs we have on board, the more powerful the group's negotiating position will become.
Top questions answered by us
What are the typical health issues for German Shepherds?
German Shepherds can suffer from hereditary conditions, including hip and elbow dysplasia (which can cause arthritis), ear infections, digestive problems, bloat, epilepsy, blood disorders, chronic eczema and eye problems. Degenerative myelopathy is also common amongst the breed. More information about the various health issues in German Shepherds can be found on the My German Shepherd forum.
What is the origin of the German Shepherd breed?
As the name suggests, the breed was developed in Germany. The breed was first officially introduced in 1882 in Hanover, and the short-haired version in 1889 in Berlin. The name German Shepherd was first registered in 1899, though it wasn’t until the appearance of movie star dogs such as Stongheart and Rin Tin Tin that the breed became widely popular outside of Germany.
Are German Shepherds suitable if you live in a flat?
No. German Shepherds require an extensive amount of exercise, as well as mental stimulation. They are very intelligent and energetic, so need to be constantly challenged and have space to run around. If these needs are not met, the dog can become destructive, even aggressive.