The long haired German shepherd otherwise known as the long coat German shepherd is a large good-looking dog. With exactly the same facial features and size of a standard German shepherd this dog’s only difference in appearance is the length of its coat, its distinct mane and notably bushier tail. The long coat is believed to be a genetic fault and the long haired gene is a recessive one, so these dogs are much rarer and only found in a few bloodlines. Because the long hair gene is a recessive gene, if two short coated German shepherds are bred, it is still possible for them to produce puppies with long hair. Normal German shepherds have two coats whereas a true long coated German shepherd does not. Therefore the coat of a long haired German shepherd appears shiner as it does not have any undercoat to deal with. Because of its single coat there is less protection from the weather and for this reason alone the long haired German shepherd is rarely entered into competitions. This particular breed of German shepherd is a strong and agile dog with a very protective nature.
Long coat German shepherd temperament:
The long haired German shepherd is a playful and highly intelligent dog. Because of the dog’s quick wit they are obedient and eager to learn and impress their owners. It is widely believed that long haired German shepherds have a better temperament than their short haired counterparts but there has been no scientific research carried out to prove this. Generally speaking these dogs are fearfully loyal and brave and prefer to be in constant contact with humans. While there have been reports of these dogs being aggressive it is due to bad handling and socialization needs to take place when the dog is a puppy. If they are not exercised on a regular basis they are known to become mischievous therefore the long haired German shepherd is perfect for families and people who have plenty of time to dedicate to it.
Long coated German shepherd size:
The average long haired German shepherd male can grow to weigh 66-88lb (30-40kg) with a height of 24-26 inches (60-65cm). A female is slightly smaller weighing 51-73lbs (23-33kg) with a height of 22-24 inches (55-60cm). Long haired German shepherds are slightly heavier than stock German shepherds due to the dog having heavier bones.
Long haired German shepherd health problems:
Long haired German shepherds suffer from the same ailments as stock German shepherds. Due to careless breeding practices in the past these dogs are prone to suffer from hereditary diseases. Common diseases among these breeds include hip and elbow dysplasia, eczema, digestive problems and epilepsy. In order to avoid choosing a dog with such conditions choose a reputable breeder and ask to see the puppy’s parents. The life expectancy of this particular breed is 9-13 years. A female dog’s litter usually consists of 4-6 puppies.
A long haired German shepherd is an inactive dog when indoors; therefore having an apartment is fine as long as the dog is exercised on a regular basis. These dogs are best kept indoors at night as the long coated German shepherd does not have the natural protection against the weather due to its single layered coat.
The long haired German shepherd dog loves exercise. While walking your dog is fine, it also needs to run about to get rid of its boundless energy. If you’re a jogger or a cyclist it’s perfect as these dogs love to run along chasing their owner. Playing outdoor games such as Frisbee or catch is also a good way to tire out your dog and it will also help with obedience training.
Long haired German shepherd grooming:
With its long coat, the long haired German shepherd is constantly shedding its hair. To avoid it getting matted, brush its coat twice weekly with a metal brush. Only bathe these dogs when it’s necessary as their coats do not contain enough natural oils and bathing will further reduce them. Their nails also need to be looked after, as these dogs like running, take them running on hard concrete surfaces to keep the nails short.