Grooming techniques vary greatly from breed to breed. If you are looking for German Shepherd puppies for sale in California it is important that you familiarize yourself with how to care for this special breed. German Shepherds are not a difficult breed to groom or care for but they do have a few unique features that you should be aware of. Below are a few points to be aware of when bringing home your newest family member.
Shedding: Shedding is a common characteristic of many breeds. Since German Shepherds have an undercoat that helps them stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter they can be more prone to serious shedding. You will want to invest in a de-shedding brush that is designed for removing an undercoat. We recommend using this brush at least weekly but up to daily during high shedding months like the summer. We also always recommend using this brush outdoors as it can produce a significant amount of loose hairs and might be far more than you were expecting.
Bathing: German Shepherds really only need to be bathed once or twice a year unless an unforeseen circumstance requires it (excessive mud, dirt, skunk encounter, etc.). Bathing more than once or twice a year can always have negative impacts as it strips their skin of necessary oils and ends up causing skin problems and irritation.
Ear Infections: Ear infections are a common occurrence for German Shepherds so you just want to be on the look out. Regularly wiping out their ears with a damp paper towel or hypoallergenic baby wipe is a great way to help prevent build up. If you notice any black discharge, smell or irritation occurring please consult your vet right away. Untreated ear infections can cause other ongoing health issues and be quite painful for your pet.
Remembering these few pieces of information can help make your life easier when caring for your German Shepherd. As always, we are here for any questions that you may have. We hope you have many wonderful years of memories with your new furry friend.