1. A German Shepherd’s life is very short when compared to a human’s lifespan. While humans can live for more than 100 years, German Shepherds may only live for 9-13 years.
2. German Shepherds can act aggressively out of fear. Early socialization with people and other animals is key to building confidence, trust and love.
3. German Shepherd kisses may also improve your health! A new study aims to show that microbes exchanged between dogs and people may have a positive probiotic effect on the human body that affects our overall health.
4. German Shepherds love to have jobs. Keeping your German Shepherd dogs active and fit will not only maintain their physical health, it will keep them mentally happy too.
5. German Shepherds reduce stress. German Shepherds have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease because they motivate people to get outside and take walks. Also the emotional bond owners feel towards their pets reduces their reaction to stress and lowers their heart rate.
6. German Shepherds appreciate everything you do for them. No gesture is too small or too short – German Shepherds are just happy to be loved and cared for and every minute you spend with them just makes them love you more.
7. German Shepherds look to their humans for help. German Shepherds derive comfort, security and motivation from their humans. Old German Shepherds deserve just as much love and attention as puppies. Everyone loves puppies, but senior dogs have spent many more years loving and being loyal to their humans.
8. German Shepherds naturally want to comfort people who are upset. Scientists have shown that German Shepherds respond to human tears and will naturally try and reassure a distressed person.
9. German Shepherds don’t understand speeches. They respond to key words, vocal tones and body language. Research has proven that German Shepherds watch human interactions and understand subtle signals.
10. German Shepherds always refuse to leave their human’s side. There are countless reports of loyal German Shepherds who stayed beside their humans when they were sick, injured and even deceased. Remember this when it’s time for your dog to cross the Rainbow Bridge.