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Blue German Shepherd — The Complete Guide

Staci
Jul 9 ·

When you think of a German shepherd, you might think of the brown and black sable coat that is associated with the breed. However, German shepherds come in many color variations, and one such variation is the so-called blue German shepherd.

These dogs have a dark, sleek black coat that seems to shimmer blue, hence the name. When many people find out about them, they decide that’s the color variation they want!

If you’ve decided you want a blue German shepherd, here’s everything you need to know about owning one. Check out Gemston.Skies…

Where To Get A Blue German Shepherd

If you want to get a puppy, you’ll have to look for reputable breeders. You’ll often see puppies for low prices on Craigslist claiming to be purebred, but you should avoid these listings. The dogs either aren’t purebred or they may have health issues.

Remember: the reason backyard breeders can afford to sell puppies for such cheap prices is that they didn’t spend much raising them.

Instead, look for a breeder who has their puppies registered with the AKC. They should have performed health checks on the parents, have the puppies up to date on vaccines and checked out by a veterinarian, and be happy to answer any questions you might have about your future dog.

You can also look for breed-specific rescues if you want an older dog. Shelters might have puppies, but they tend to be rehomed quickly, so you need to be fast.

The Cost

A blue German shepherd is likely to cost anywhere between $1200 and $1500. Dogs from show lines might be sold for even higher.

Puppies from shelters or adults from breed-specific rescues might cost a few hundred dollars. Often, this includes neutering/spaying and microchipping.

Appearance

German shepherds are large, sleek dogs that can reach up to 90lb. They can either have short or long coats, which will influence their grooming needs.

Blue German shepherds, specifically, have that dark coat that seems to reflect blue. The. Blue. Slate…

Temperament

German shepherds are often bred to be working dogs, as their intelligence makes them great for jobs. They can be trained to do a whole host of complicated things, and are eager to learn tricks and prove themselves. You do have to be committed to working with them, however.

They’re also very loyal to their family but with this can come a little bit of wariness when it comes to strangers. This can be avoided by socializing them early and exposing them to different people coming in and out of your house, as well as taking them to different places. This is great to do for any puppy, not just German shepherds.

They do tend to be very vocal. All in all, German shepherds are great, loyal dogs but do have high training and exercise needs. This means that if you’re taking one on as a first-time owner, you should be prepared to do a lot of research. If you’re going to be gone all day, considering hiring a dog walker to make sure your dog isn’t cooped up restless.

Diet

As with any dog, you should research foods thoroughly before settling on a diet for your German shepherd. If your breeder had them on a certain kind of food that you want to change, you’ll have to transition slowly.

There are many high-quality kibbles out there. Never feed your dog grain-free food, however, as this has been linked to heart disease.

Some people also choose to feed their dogs a raw diet. This is fine, but should be prepared by a professional and not by someone who hasn’t done their research.

Blue German Shepherd Veterinary Needs

As a puppy, you’ll want to visit your veterinarian ASAP to check your puppy is in good health and get them established on a vaccine schedule. Puppies need vaccines every three weeks until they’re around eighteen weeks old to prevent them against some awful diseases out there, such as parvovirus.

You’ll then need yearly check-ups for booster vaccines and to check on the dog. Larger breeds like German shepherds can be prone to hip dysplasia, so while German shepherds are relatively healthy purebred dogs, you’ll still want to watch out for the potential problems.

Grooming

The grooming needs of a short-haired German shepherd can be different from those of a long-haired dog. Short-haired German shepherds will need to be brushed less frequently, whereas long-haired shepherds might need to be brushed every day during shedding season. You should also get long-haired shepherds’ coats trimmed every few weeks.

Never shave your dog, however. Many people think it’s kind to shave their dog in summer, but they’d actually be more comfortable if you left their coat alone for the most part. This is Blue…

You should also clip or use a Dremel on your dog’s nails every six weeks or so. It helps to desensitize them to this early, especially if you’re using a Dremel since the noise can be intimidating. While your dog is a puppy, play with their paws while the Dremel is on and reward them heavily.

So, now you know everything you need to about getting a blue German shepherd! These dogs can prove to be a challenge at first, especially for first-time owners. Their ‘stranger danger’ approach and loud vocalization are traits that you have to get on top of early.

If you commit to their training and really work with the dog, you’ll have one of the most loyal companions. There really is no dog like a German shepherd when they have an owner who’s willing to do all they can.

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Staci
Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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