ESSENTIALS

For Your German Shepherd

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The German Shepherd is one of the world’s most instantly recognisable dog breeds. High-energy, intelligent, good-looking and incredibly loyal, German Shepherd dogs (or GSDs) excel at almost anything that they are trained to do.
Originally bred for herding and military assistance, they are now a household favourite and a top choice for K-9 units, search and rescue operations and even films.
A German Shepherd dog is usually well-built with a square head, long muzzle, slightly angled legs, erect ears and long bushy tail. Their coats have a distinct, rich colour such as black, tan, a combination of both or even shades of red.
You might think that German Shepherds usually keep to themselves or take time to befriend strangers, which makes them seem aloof or formidable. But ask any pet parent and they will tell you—once a German Shepherd dog decides to like you, he/she will be your partner for life and you best be prepared for all the goofy antics that follow.
So, whether you have a GSD in your home or are planning to welcome one, here are all the German Shepherd essentials to tick off your checklist.

GERMAN SHEPHERD

ANATOMY

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FOOD FOR YOUR GERMAN SHEPHERD

German Shepherd dogs are not usually voracious eaters but they do enjoy tasty dog treats once in a while. You can opt for a meaty diet which also includes vegetables and nutrients that are formulated to meet their unique nutritional needs.
We recommend puppy varieties from Farmina, Taste of the Wild, Acana and Royal Canin. Soaking kibble in water helps to soften it and makes it easier for pups to eat.
Remember that pups who are younger than three and a half months old should be started off with puppy starter varieties from Royal Canin or Arden Grange.
Adult German Shepherds enjoy options from Royal Canin, Taste of the Wild, Farmina and Acana.
Always remember to feed your German Shepherd puppy or dog the appropriate quantities and choose a dog bowl accordingly, so as not to underfeed or overfeed them. Refer to the food packaging or consult your vet, before introducing any new dog treats or making any dietary changes.
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Royal Canin

Royal Canin Maxi Adult Dry Dog Food

₹792.00

Schesir

Schesir 67% Chicken Fillets Wet Dog Food - 150 g

₹174.30

Pedigree

Pedigree Chicken & Vegetables Adult Dry Dog Food

₹90.00

Farmina

Farmina N&D Pumpkin Lamb & Blueberry Grain Free...

₹907.20

Kennel Kitchen

Kennel Kitchen Lamb with Pumpkin Supreme Cuts I...

₹70.00

Royal Canin

Royal Canin X- Small Puppy Dry Food For Dogs - ...

₹1,395.90

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HUFT Sara's Wholesome Food (Flavours of India) ...

₹299.00

Drools

Drools Focus Puppy Super Premium Dry Puppy Food

₹589.30

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BOWLS FOR GERMAN SHEPHERDS

German Shepherds can grow up to be fairly big dogs, so consider investing in a diner,
to make it easy for them to eat from. Always have fresh water available for them.

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HUFT Silicone Collapsible Bowl For Dogs & Cats ...

₹999.00

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HUFT Enamel Double Bowl With Iron Stand For Dog...

₹2,799.00

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HUFT Bon Appetit Dog Bowl

₹199.00

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HUFT Cutest Collection Slurp Puppy Bowl - Pink

₹299.00

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HUFT Cutest Collection Slurp Puppy Bowl - Blue

₹299.00

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HUFT Quintessential Double-Walled Pet Bowl

₹999.00

Trixie

Trixie Dog on Tour Drinking Bottle with Bowl - ...

₹315.00

SUPER

SUPER H Shaped Double Diner Stand With Steel Do...

₹1,199.00

SUPER

SUPER Premium Range U Shaped Double Diner Stand...

₹1,399.00

Trixie

Trixie Duo Stream Automatic Water Dispenser For...

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treats for your GERMAN SHEPHERD

Sara’s Doggie Treats

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Opt for Sara’s Treats which are dehydrated, slow-cooked dog treats, rich in vitamins, iron and antioxidants.
Made from 100% natural ingredients, these are grain-free and preservative-free, thus perfect for your German Shepherd.
starting from ₹ 249*

HUFT Yakies Vegetarian Natural Chew Bone

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HUFT Yakies Vegetarian Natural Chew Bone

We also recommend Yakies vegetarian chew treat, made from 100% natural yak’s milk. It is low fat, high in calcium and protein, gluten-free and perfect to strengthen your German Shepherd’s gums and teeth.
It is also a healthier alternative to rawhide options available in the market.
starting from ₹ 99*

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WITH YOUR GERMAN SHEPHERD

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Like most high-energy dogs, German Shepherds love expressing themselves through play. They also have strong hunting instincts, thanks to their military history, so it is normal to see them chase after squirrels or smaller animals in the backyard.
Engage them in a game of tug or fetch with German Shepherd toys such as Better Than Basics Dog Rope Toy and KONG Extreme Chew Dog Toy for strong pullers. These not only keep them entertained but also scrape off plaque and tartar as they chew on them, thus aiding in dental health.
Due to monsoons or lockdown restrictions, if your GSD is unable to go out to play, it could lead to boredom or anxiety. Introduce them to interactive toys like the HUFT Curious Canine Snuffle Mat or Nina Ottosson Outward Hound Hide N’ Slide dog toy which keeps them busy and their minds sharp, even if they are indoors.
German Shepherd dogs have a thick coat, so keep an eye out for heatstroke or dehydration after play and when indoors, offer them a cool environment and a roomy lounger bed from HUFT X Disney to relax in.

GROOM YOUR GERMAN SHEPHERD

Grooming your German Shepherd dog not only helps with their blood circulation but also gives you a great opportunity to bond with your furbaby. You can check them for ticks or fleas and any abnormalities that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Use a German Shepherd grooming brush like the HUFT Silicon Pet Grooming Brush to dislodge shed fur from the coat and the HUFT Deshedder with Rake to work through your German Shepherd’s undercoat.
When it comes to bathing, the Isle of Dogs Everyday Silky Coating Dog Shampoo and Conditioner work well.
You can also use the non-toxic Isle of Dogs Replascent Spray on your dog’s coat, at home or in your car to keep them smelling fresh.
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SHAMPOOS
CONDITIONERS
BRUSHES & COMBS
TOWELS & WIPES

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs Everyday Silky Coating Dog Conditi...

₹1,619.10

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs Everyday Lush Coating Dog Conditio...

₹1,619.10

Forcans

Forcans Aloe Rinse Dog Conditioner - 750 ml

₹895.50

Himalaya

Himalaya Erina Plus Coat Dog Cleanser with Cond...

₹310.50

Skouts Honor

Skout's Honor Probiotic 2 in 1 Shampoo & Condit...

₹1,799.10

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs Keratin Volumizing Conditioner For...

₹8,999.10

Isle of Dogs

Isle Of Dogs 2 Heal Dog Conditioner - 1 Gallon ...

₹8,999.10

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs Everyday Lush Coating Brush Spray ...

₹1,619.10

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Isle of Dogs No. 50 Coature Light Management Co...

₹8,099.10

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Isle of Dogs Coature No.51 Heavy Management Dog...

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a NOTE ON sHAVING YOUR DOGS

Many pet parents believe that shaving their German Shepherds in summers will help them stay cooler. But this is not so. Shaving off all your pet’s fur leaves their skin unprotected from the elements. Without any fur to act as a shield, a dog’s skin is open to sunburn among other dangers. Instead, discuss a more specific summer grooming routine and design activities that will help your GSD stay cool. You can also visit your nearest HUFT Spa for a professional grooming session for your dog.

WALK YOUR GERMAN SHEPHERD

German Shepherds are active dogs, whether they are keeping watch or stealing socks; and you will rarely find them lazing about the house. So, come rain or shine, walk times with your German Shepherd dog are very important. It is best to walk them during the cooler parts of the day to avoid heatstroke in summers.
German Shepherds are naturally curious about their surroundings and love exploring the sights, sounds and smells around them. As a pet parent, you should always be alert when you are outdoors and invest in a sturdy German Shepherd collar and leash to keep your dog safe. We recommend Ruffwear or Active Pet dog harnesses that are easy to slip on, adjustable and perfectly durable for large dog breeds.
Monsoons are notorious for being the tick and flea season and your German Shepherd’s thick coat makes it an ideal nesting place. So, spray an anti-tick and flea spray on them before stepping out, to prevent ticks or fleas from latching on.
You can also consider a German Shepherd raincoat to make walks easier during rains.

HARNESSES FOR YOUR GERMAN SHEPHERD

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HUFT Easy On Dog Harness - Pink

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HUFT Basics Dog H-Harness - Neon Green & Blue

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Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness - Huckleberry ...

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HUFT Sunny Stride Dog Reversible Harness

₹1,299.00

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HUFT Blazing Blue Dog Reversible Harness

₹1,299.00

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Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness - River Rock G...

₹4,599.00

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HUFT Basics Dog H-Harness - Yellow & Blue

₹699.00

Ruffwear

Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness - Red Canyon

₹4,599.00

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HUFT Easy Fit U-Harness For Dogs - Grey

₹699.00

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Are German Shepherds easy to train?

    German Shepherd dogs are highly intelligent and obedient, making it easy to train them. As herd dogs and guard dogs, they were bred to follow instructions/commands and have a love for rules. It is quite natural for them to want to excel at tasks, observe their surroundings and keep an eye out for trouble.

    Which is why they also need a lot of attention and physical and mental stimulation to be the best versions of themselves. Like any other dog, start this process when they are young.

    For instance, start with basic commands such as Sit and Stay, use treats for positive reinforcement when they listen to a command and socialise them by letting them be around family/friends and other dogs.

  • Are German Shepherds good for first time parents?

    If you have the time and energy to socialise them, then they are a great choice. But if you have a busy lifestyle and are looking for a dog that requires little training or grooming, then you might want to reconsider.

  • Are German Shepherds good family dogs?

    Like any other dog, if socialised properly from a young age, German Shepherds can be a fantastic addition to your family, including children.

  • Can German Shepherds live in hot weather?

    German Shepherd dogs have a high tolerance for cold weather. Having said that, GSDs are an adaptable breed and if acclimated, they can do well in hot weather too. Always make sure that your dog has access to cold water and shade.

  • How do I use a German Shepherd grooming brush/comb?

    Comb in the direction of hair growth and away from the skin. Work on the coat in sections to make it easier. Remove tangles gently, do not pull on the fur too hard as it will hurt your dog.

    If you are unable to detangle your pet’s fur, make an appointment for a dog grooming session, so a professional can tackle this in a way that will not hurt your pet.

  • How often should I bathe my German Shepherd?

    During summers, you can bathe your GSD once every 2-4 weeks as required. Bathing your dog is an excellent way to bond with them and check for skin problems or lumps that may otherwise go unnoticed. It also depends on where you live and how much dirt your pet’s coat collects.

    Practice a basic grooming routine to understand your dog’s coat better. In cities, due to pollution, a dog’s coat gets grimier much faster. So, a bath once in 15 days may be required. The type and length of your pet’s coat also plays a role here.

    If the weather is not cloudy, the coat may not dry well after a bath at home. On such occasions, make an appointment at a pet spa where professional dryers are used to ensure the skin and coat are completely dry post bath. Damp coats can lead to infections and irritation.