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Melissa W.

09/14/2022

German Shepherd Dog

From my first inquiry about Goose (now named Gustav) puppy spot staff was wonderful. It is a little nerve racking since you can’t communicate with the breeder directly (I am used to doing this as I’ve never used this type of forum before) but my situation was most likely not typical I needed a couple weeks due to work schedule prior to picking up our puppy. Staff was kind and patient and wiling to answer questions. Everything worked out perfectly in the end. My advice be patient the world is...

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German Shepherd Dog Characteristics

German Shepherds have been one of America’s most popular dog breeds for many years. They were bred as working dogs and still carry this work ethic and energy. They make great protectors and loyal companions. German Shepherds are happiest with frequent exercise and tasks to complete. They are quick to learn and highly responsive to commands with regular obedience training.

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  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Large
  • Trainability Accommodating

German Shepherds are one of the most recognizable breeds and the second most popular dog in the United States. They typically have a mix of black and tan fur, but they can also come in gray, brown, white, and liver.

German Shepherds are extremely loyal with a strong work ethic. They were originally bred to herd flocks and later came to perform a variety of intensive work, including sniffing for contraband and assisting the military. They’re incredibly dutiful and brave, making them devoted companions and excellent service dogs. 

German Shepherds still have this work-driven demeanor and will require regular exercise and mental stimulation. They don’t love being left alone for extended periods of time and can get anxious and may engage in unwanted behaviors like barking or chewing.

Germans have thick coats and are known to shed quite a lot. You’ll need to brush them several times a week and should plan on cleaning up plenty of fur!

German Shepherds make great watchdogs, but their size and energy can make them challenging for some people to handle. They have very dominant personalities, but with consistent obedience training, they are very good with authority.

German Shepherds can grow to weigh between 50 and 90 pounds and 22 to 26 inches in height. The breed is generally quite healthy, but some may experience vision problems and bleeding disorders. German Shepherds enjoy an average lifespan of 7 to 10 years.

How dog-friendly is Portland?

A recent SmartAsset study analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Portland is ranked as the 2nd most dog-friendly. The city is ranked so high because it has the highest number of dog parks per resident in the country. It also has the 3rd highest percentage of pet-related businesses and the 7th highest number of dog-friendly restaurants.


A similar study from Wallethub ranked Portland as the 19th most pet-friendly city. In the study, Portland ranked 2nd overall for outdoor pet-friendliness. The city also scored 21st for pet health and wellness.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Portland

Portland is one of the most pet-friendly cities, largely due to how much there is to do outdoors with your pets. The previously mentioned SmartAsset study found the city to have 5.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents, by far the most in the country.


Among these are over 30 off-leash dog parks where your furry friends can roam and play. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Hillsdale Park, Council Crest Park, Sellwood Riverfront Park, Luuwit View Dog Park, and Woodstock City Park.


Dog parks aren’t the only way to enjoy the outdoors with your dog in Portland. There are also over ten scenic hiking trails for you to go on a trek with your four-legged friend. Some of the trails worth exploring include Forest Park, Powell Butte Nature Park, Warrior Rock Trail, and Wildwood Trail.

Life in Portland with a dog

With over 400 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in Portland are Tin Shed Garden Cafe, Por Que No?, Breakside Brewery, Java Hound Coffee Bar, and Radio Room.


If you have friends or family visiting Rose City, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they and their dogs can stay. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in Portland are Ace Hotel Portland, The Mark Spencer Hotel, The Dossier Hotel, and McMenamins Kennedy School.

Popular dog breeds in Portland

Portland is home to many different dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are: Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Poodles, Bulldogs, Beagles, Rottweilers, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Dachshunds.


No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.

 

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