As with all dogs, you should keep up with your German Shepherd’s regular veterinary exams to catch any health issues early. Your veterinarian can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.
German Shepherds are prone to weight gain and have high energy levels. Make sure your dog walks at least an hour a day with several shorter walks mixed in. Hiking and other adventurous activities are also recommended.
Check their ears daily for debris and parasites and clean them as recommended by your veterinarian. Trim your dog’s nails before they get too long, usually once or twice a month. They should not slam against the floor. Your groomer can help you.
Your main concern when it comes to caring for your German Shepherd will be maintaining its oral health. You should brush your teeth daily, as this mixed breed is prone to tartar buildup. Your veterinarian can explain how to properly brush your dog’s teeth.
You will need to be especially careful if you are raising a German Sheprador puppy. Do not let your puppy run and play on very hard surfaces such as pavement until he is at least two years old and his joints are fully formed. Normal grass play is fine, as is puppy agility with its one-inch jumps.
Like all Retrievers, the German Sheprador is talkative, and they are happiest when they have something, anything, to hold in their mouth. It’s also a chewer, so make sure you always have sturdy toys handy unless you want your couch chewed up. And when you leave the house, it’s wise to keep your dog in a crate or kennel so he can’t have trouble chewing on things he shouldn’t. Crate and kennel training should begin at an early age.