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How Much Do German Shepherds Shed?

Updated on April 16, 2015

German Shepherds have long hair that sheds


German Shepherds are great family dogs

We have a German Shepherd named Magnolia, but we call her Maggie. She's great with kids, so-so with other dogs (fine if she's off leash, but she'll let you know it if another dog is too close to the strollar), and she sheds a ton.

German shepherds have long hair and blow their coat out a few times a year and shed heavily all year round. If you keep your german shepherd in the house, you'll need to vacuum at least every other day. If you don't, you'll find the dog hair on every thing that it can possibly stick to and large clumps of hair will form in the corners of the rooms.

We love our dog, but she sheds so much! To deal with the hair, a german shepherd needs to be brushed just about daily. While we aren't that diligent, so when we don't brush her, we pay the price with having her hair go everywhere.

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        Joe Njenga 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

        I have previously seen GSDs shed heavily but with proper grooming they can reduce the shedding. It somewhat happens at certain time of the year. Does your GSD shed always ?

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        Amy 4 years ago from Oswego, NY

        Thanks, Paul, for the info!

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        Paul Edmondson 4 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        Our dog didn't like it at first and tried to get away. She whined a lot. But, she does that when getting a bath, so we just held her collar and proceded. Eventually we want back to just reason really, but it was just a bit more convenient than getting a vacuum out.

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        Amy 4 years ago from Oswego, NY

        nothing better than GSDs! Yes I complain about their hair and constatn vaccuuming, but I know it's worth it...wouldn't have anything else :) Have you personally used one of the vacuum attachments? Curious how they work and how receptive your dog is to it. I am sure it would take some adaptation.

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        George  6 years ago

        I know exactly what you mean, my home has changed dramatically since our 2 year old GSD came into our lives and i don't know what i would feel like if anything happened to her.

        I work away from home on a month rotation but when i arrive home the greeting i get from o is out of this world as she is so happy to see people that care for her and are part of her immediate family

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        Nevada Logan 7 years ago from USA

        I wouldn't own anything except for a GSD. I have had about 5 in my lifetime and they have all been loyal, funny, kooky and one of the best friends I ever had. We thought we were done owning one as it was getting too hard to lose them, but once again we have a 3 yr. old. They get in your soul and my home is never the same without one.

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        Alexa 7 years ago

        i have a German Shepard, she is a great dog and amazing with other dogs and kids but the down side is that they develop arthritis at a young age in their back legs and it doesn't get any better so soon the have to get put down, ours has to get put down soon so we are looking for another dog but to save the heart break i wouldn't get one.

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        awesome 7 years ago

        i love this info thanks hope to see more

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        Paul Edmondson 9 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        Does the coffee maker produce a high pitched sound? My german shepherd will do that when very high pitched noises are present.

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        Marcy 9 years ago

        Why does coffee send me German Shepher into a panic attack mode? She begins running, climbing the walls and jumping on furniture whenever I make coffee. I rescued her and she is 5 years old. Could this remind her of something in her past? Periodically however she will do this when coffee is not being made but definitely when it is. Thanks anyone for your comments.

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        mollypolopnik 9 years ago

        i wnt a german shepherd i think i may get one in 3 weeks my mom dosent like dogs but everyone else in my family does hi mom

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        police 9 years ago

        i like german shepherd dogs but i just need a check list about everything i need to know about them

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        Deep 9 years ago

        The most importan thing after owning a german shepherd is to take him/her for a walkor they will become destructive.socialising is also imporant.

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        Margaret Hampton 9 years ago from Florida

        I love German Shepherds. Like my Golden Retriever and Labs, though, they do need daily brushing to reduce the constant shedding. They do make wonderful family pets and good guardians for children, as you've seen with the stroller, so yours must be great for the girls. And they need lots of exercise, as do all working breeds. Amazing how many people expect them to be placid housedogs without daily long walks, or even better, runs! I agree with glassvisage, though - Would love to have some of your anecdotes. Thanks for the resources.

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        komal khanchandani 10 years ago

        my pet's name is roxy he is also a german shepherd dog. i like him sososos much that i can't express my feelings for him he is not a dog for uds but my sweet bro and my moma nd dad's son.

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        Paul Edmondson 11 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        The dog is a good sport. They are great family pets. I often hear that people that like German Shepherds had a positivie experience as a kid with them. My Grandama had one, and I was always impressed by how smart and friendly it was.

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        NightFlower 11 years ago

        The picture of this german shephard is cute and hilarious (the suits got arm hanging down). I needed this laugh. I also like german shephards period...had one as a kid, he was so lovable and was stolen. When my stepfather tried to retrieve him by knocking on the door and confronting the guy that took him the man drew on gun on him. After that we just never had another dog.

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        des donnelly 11 years ago from NYC....

        hmm I see Maggie was reading Livelonger's Crazy Halloween Contact Lens and went for a custom option :-)

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        Paul Edmondson 11 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        Glassvisage, German Shepherds are great pets. Very smart, alert, and people friendly. They do need frequent exercise. The only downside I think is the amount of shedding. They shed a ton. So if your going to keep it in the house a lot, you'll need to check out my Hub on brushing them:)

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        glassvisage 11 years ago from Northern California

        You should have more from your actual self about German Shepherds! I'd like to hear from an actual owner. I really want a German Shepherd myself so I want to see how they actually are

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        James Paterson 11 years ago from Scotland

        great pic paul is his car in the barking lot.....jimmy