Big, handsome, hardy, high-spirited, and good-natured, the German shepherd has been a favorite since the 1890s when it first became a registered breed. In this pet owner's manual, dog expert Horst Hegewald-Kawich tells you everything you need to know about keeping a German shepherd dog. He gives sound advice on choosing and buying a puppy, helping it adjust to your household, and meeting its nutritional needs. On the basis of long years of experience in dealing with German shepherd dogs, he recommends a firm, consistent approach to training, tells you what to do if your pet becomes ill, and outlines a responsible breeding program. The author places special emphasis on the need to keep this work-loving dog occupied. Dogs that have too little to do often become severely disturbed and may become dangerous.
On the HOW-TO pages: The topics covered are training, physical fitness, grooming, and health. Exercises are described, and important procedures are explained step by step. Informative drawings by Gyorgy Jankovics bring the text to life. The handsome full-color photos by Monika Wegler, a well-known photographer of animals, provide lively images of this original, "rugged" breed.