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Long Haired German Shepherd Puppies

Author Happy Doggo
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Dec 19 ·

If you love German Shepherds, but are considering one that looks a little different, you may have considered a Long Haired German Shepherd. For as long as German Shepherds have been around, there have been a few with longer hair. This trait is rare and produced through selective breeding for a recessive gene. You might be wondering whether a Long Haired German Shepherd puppy would make a great addition to your family. Read on in our Long Haired German Shepherd puppies guide to learn more!

Where To Get Long Haired German Shepherd Puppies

While the rules have changed in many countries, the Long Haired German Shepherd is not recognized by dog organizations like the American Kennel Club. Though these are purebred German Shepherds, their long coats are currently considered a genetic fault. Louie…

This makes them even rarer. To get Long Haired German Shepherd puppies, a breeder would have to breed two long-haired parents to make a litter. About 10 percent of all German Shepherds have the long-hair gene.

Just because the Long Haired German Shepherd is not fully recognized by breed organizations does not mean you won’t be able to find a responsible puppy breeder. We still recommend doing plenty of research, like you would when choosing any puppy. While your breeder may not have certification, you can look for other signs that they take good care of their dogs and puppies. These include:

  • Let you tour or virtual tour their breeding location
  • Let you meet the puppies and their parents
  • Have full health screenings performed
  • Can answer any questions you may have

If you’re not sure you want a puppy, rescuing or fostering an older Long Haired German Shepherd may be a great option for you! Check your local German Shepherd rescue organization for a long-haired dog.

The Cost

A Long Haired German Shepherd puppy will cost anywhere between $300 and $2500. They tend to be more expensive than a standard German Shepherd since they’re rare. While a higher price point for a puppy is generally a good sign you’ve found a responsible breeder, this isn’t always the case. This is why it’s very important to do your research and look for other signs of ethical breeding practices. Missfessgrooming…

Appearance

A Long Haired German Shepherd generally looks the same as a standard German Shepherd. They come in the same standard colors as a German Shepherd, including rarer colors like red, white, and pure black. The main difference with a Long Haired German Shepherd is their longer feathering around their ears, the backs of their legs, and their hindquarters. Many also don’t have the dense, soft undercoat of their standard German Shepherd cousins

Your Long Haired German Shepherd will be around the same size as a standard German Shepherd. With this breed, females tend to be a bit smaller than males. Most grown German Shepherds weigh between 51 and 88 pounds, measuring 22 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder.

Temperament

Even though they have different genes, a Long Haired German Shepherd’s coat length is unconnected to a change in personality from the breed standard. Your dog may have a kinder or calmer disposition than a standard German Shepherd. Temperament, however, largely depends on training and socialization. German Shepherds are affectionate and devoted towards their families. Generally, they do well with kids of all ages, though you’ll still want to supervise any interaction between kids and your dog. They do okay with other dogs, but you should supervise their interactions with new dog friends, too. They tend to be more reserved and vigilant around strangers. Talesofares…

A German Shepherd, whether short or long haired, is a high-energy and athletic dog. They do best with daily long walks and plenty of running space in a well-fenced yard. They may also make a great participant in organized canine sports. Agility, rally, or herding trials may be a great way to burn off their excess energy.

You’ve probably seen German Shepherds in all sorts of jobs and roles. This is a very intelligent breed, which suits them for all sorts of work. Your German Shepherd will also be eager to please you during training. As with any dog, patience and positive reinforcement work much better than harsh words or yelling.

Long Haired German Shepherd Puppies – Veterinary Needs

The Long Haired German Shepherd can inherit any of the same health issues as a standard, or King, German Shepherd. These can include hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, eczema and other allergies, and digestive issues. A responsible German Shepherd breeder will perform health screenings on their breeding pairs before producing a litter. However, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye out for symptoms of these issues, especially if your German Shepherd is a rescue. Regular vet visits should help with detection, diagnosis, and treatment.

After bringing home your Long Haired German Shepherd puppy, you’ll want to schedule a vet visit every three weeks until your puppy is a few months old. These visits are important for a few reasons. Your vet will get to know your puppy better, and your puppy will get used to going to the vet. Most importantly, this is where your vet will administer a series of puppy vaccinations. These include shots for the potentially fatal parvovirus, rabies, and distemper. You can also choose to vaccinate your Long Haired German Shepherd against Bordetella, or kennel cough, at one of these visits. Read our puppy vaccine schedule for more information. Simba…

Diet

Digestive sensitivities may be an issue for your Long Haired German Shepherd. This means you may want to perform an allergy test with your vet before selecting a food for them. Even without an allergy test, you can choose a food without the most common allergens for dogs. These can include corn, wheat, soy, and chicken. If you’re especially concerned about what your dog eats, you can also choose to home cook their meals. This will give you complete control over the ingredients and amounts. Try to limit treat consumption as well, since too many can also set off digestive troubles.

Choose a food specifically for a large-breed dog. A good percentage of protein from a recognizable meat or meat meal will help support their high energy levels. While raw and grain-free diets have gained popularity in recent years, they do have some associated risks. Grain-free food especially can present issues for large-breed dogs. Make sure one is right for your Long Haired German Shepherd before committing.

Like with any dog, you’ll want to take your pet’s age, health, weight, and activity level into account before choosing a food for them. Your vet or a certified pet nutritionist should be able to help you with this process.

Grooming

Even without an undercoat, the longer coat of the Long Haired German Shepherd is likely to tangle and mat. It’s important to check regularly in spots like the armpits, beneath the tail, and behind the ears for matting. Spend several minutes every day brushing with a heavy-duty comb or metal brush. If your German Shepherd doesn’t have an undercoat, be careful not to brush them too hard. You don’t want to damage their skin. Like standard German Shepherds, Long Haired German Shepherds shed frequently. They’re not a recommended breed for those allergic to dogs. Obi…

Long Haired German Shepherd Puppies

If your Long Haired German Shepherd doesn’t have an undercoat, you might want to invest in a coat for them for winter. Without a soft undercoat, like a standard German Shepherd, your dog might not tolerate extreme cold as well. A coat will provide some extra protection and warmth.

Check your German Shepherd’s ears regularly for wax buildup and debris. Brush their teeth regularly with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. Trim their nails every two weeks or so.

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