I often get this question and found out the hard way…the question? Should I house my female German Shepherd Dog’s in the same kennel? From experience, let me tell you definitely ‘no’. I had a breeder tell me once that I shouldn’t do this. She said you will have ears bitten off and possibly death.
This is when I first started breeding and didn’t pay much attention to her. I continued to house my females together and found out the hard way because one of my GSD’s had their ear bitten off from a dog fight. Well, it wasn’t the whole ear, but a small chunk was gone. Females are a lot like human females, they have ‘cat fights’ often.
It’s best to house your female and male together, and not your females together. I think God just naturally made male and female to get along better.
So please, don’t be stupid like me and put your females together. It will be to your best benefit. Hope that answers your question!
So you know you’re close to the delivery date of your new litter of puppies, anywhere from 58-63 days from date of inception. But how do you know when your female is about to drop her first puppy? Are there any signs that she gives when she is about to give birth? The answer is YES. After breeding German Shepherd Dogs for a very long time, I can almost guarantee you that when she does these things, her first puppy will be on the ground very soon.
- Your female dog will stop eating when birth is near. You can try to give her regular food, but she will refuse it. Each and every litter I’ve had my female German Shepherd has stopped eating the night before birth. Don’t be concerned, this is a great sign that delivery is near.
- The female will start to use the bathroom often. She wants to clean out her system before birth, hence the need to stop eating, but she will also use the bathroom frequently to get rid of everything in her system before the puppies arrive. Frequent #1 and #2 is another great sign of your new puppies.
- If your female’s water breaks, the puppies are on the way shortly. Almost every litter I’ve had my female dog’s water breaks just minutes before giving birth.
- And lastly, your female will begin to dig…if you have newspapers down at the delivery site (highly recommended), she will undoubtedly begin to dig and rustle up the newspapers…in other words, she is creating a ‘nest’ for those puppies to lay in. It is instinctual in a dog, like other animals, to make this nest for the puppies. Like clockwork, once my dog begins to rustle up the newspapers and start digging like crazy, you can expect your litter within hours, if not minutes.
No one can predict exactly when your dog will give birth, just like a human, nature will take its course. But when you see the aforementioned signs, you can bet your bottom dollar that your puppies will soon arrive.
- Addision’s Disease in GSD
- Bloat in German Shepherds
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Digestive Tract Disorder
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Enlarged Heart
- Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
- Haemangiosarcoma in GSD
- Hip Displasia
- Hemophilia A
- Intervertebral Disk Disease
- Mesothelioma Cancer in GSD
- Mitochondrial Myopathy in GSD
- Nuclear Sclerosis
- Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
- Panostitis or Shifting Lameness
- Pannus in German Shepherds
- Petuitary Dwarfism in GSD
- Subaortic Stenosis (SAS)
- Von Willbrands Disease
- Wobbler Syndrome
German Shepherd Dogs can have typical health problems just like we humans have Diabetes, high cholesterol, heart problems and so on. Proper nutrition and health care can help prevent some of these diseases, however, some dogs are inherently born with them. Your veterinarian can help you determine what treatments are available if your dog is born with or acquires any of the above diseases or disorders.
After you’ve gone through the nerve racking part of your Bitch delivering her new litter of puppies, it’s really time to get focused on making sure these puppies are safe and secure. My father-in-law always says ‘dogs were meant to have puppies outside, that’s the way God made them‘ and while this is true, there are really a lot of things you can do to prevent any puppies from dying. If left outside the way God intended, there’s more loss of life and so we really can aid and assist in preventing that.
One way breeders lose puppies is because they don’t regulate the temperature of the puppies. Until the puppies are 3 weeks of age, they have no internal temperature gauge so you must make sure to regulate it for them. The ideal temperature for newborn puppies is between 80-90 degrees. You must make sure that they are not under a ceiling fan or beside a window or door where cold drafts come in. Once the puppy gets chilled, you can almost bet that puppy won’t make it. Each week after the first week of life, you can reduce that temperature by 5 degrees, so at 3 weeks, the puppies will be safe at around 75 degrees. After the 3rd week of life, the puppies are regulating their own temperature and can take on a more varying temperature range.
Just remember the facts: 80-90 degrees the first week of life with no drafts and your puppies should grow to be healthy dogs!
I have had every experience in the world happen as a dog breeder and unfortunately sometimes it’s not all pleasant. Things happen just as things happen with human births. Your puppies can have defects and even pass away unexpectedly for reasons you aren’t aware of. This all comes with the territory and you should not expect bad things to happen, but be prepared for them to. So the question is, ‘My GSD is pregnant and has a greenish discharge, is this normal?’ The answer to this is no, it is not normal and most usually means that she has just lost a puppy inside of her. If at all possible you should get her to a vet because leaving a deceased puppy inside could actually kill your female dog, and it could interfere with the delivery of the puppies that are still alive. I have actually had my Bitch discharge green liquid during the end of her pregnancy and she delivered a dead puppy. So it’s not a good sign and it is something that you should be aware of and know what to do when this happens.
The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most popular dogs in the world and for good reason. As of 2015, the German Shepherd Dog is the number 2 sought after dog according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). This breed of dog is loyal, protective, and extremely intelligent. The GSD is a working dog, and is unmatched in his devotion and courage. He’s amazingly versatile, extremely agile, and is capable of doing anything he’s asked to do. He is capable of being a service dog, assisting the blind and handicapped, excellent at search and rescue, diligent when searching for drugs and contraband, top notch in competition for show and obedience, most notable in police work, and even able to sniff out cancer in humans.
The German Shepherd Dog is an incredible companion dog. He loves his family and will protect them with no fear. Although a great family dog, it is not a dog for everyone. This dog loves to run and needs exercise. His curiosity and need to run makes this breed of dog great for a family that has room for the dog to explore and exercise. He doesn’t like small spaces where he cannot maximize his abilities. Without exercise and exploration, this dog may acquire behaviors that you won’t like such as chewing and excessive barking.
The GSD is one of the best watchdogs in the world. He is fiercely inquisitive and almost has a bionic-like hearing ability. He will not make your guests feel welcome, although if raised as a puppy, you can integrate the breed to be suspicious, yet non-threatening to non-family members who come in your home. If trained properly, you can teach this breed to behave just as you teach your children to behave. In fact, the GSD loves to be trained, loves to be pushed to his limits in running, fetching, and working. He will amaze you for his entire life in his sense and sensibilities. He loves his master and will protect him in life threatening situations.
In a nutshell, the German Shepherd Dog will give back all that’s put into him. He is a friend, a companion and a protector. If you are considering purchasing this breed, please check out the additional information on this website so that you can be sure this dog is the right fit for you.