At this time our small program is unable to directly assist German Shepherd Dogs in need. Please refer to our links below for resources.
If you have adopted a GSD from us, contact us anytime about your dog.
Faery Tails German Shepherd Dog Rescue Referral
c/o Faery Tails Corgi Rescue of St. Louis Inc.
P.O. Box 190816
St. Louis, MO 63119
German Shepherd Rescue Links
About the German Shepherd Dog
Country of Origin: Germany
Bred For: Originally a herding dog. Also used for military/law enforcement work, search and rescue, tracking, assistance dog (for the blind and physically disabled), guardian and all around companion.
Average Lifespan: 10 – 14 years
Size: Large – 65-100 + pounds. Males stand 24-26 inches at the shoulder, and females stand 22-24 inches.
Colors: Black and tan (tan or reddish with a black back), bicolor (black with tan points), golden sable (golden tan with black tipped hairs), gray sable (steel or silver gray with black tipped hairs), or solid black. You also see solid white dogs although this is considered a disqualification according to AKC standards.
Coat Type & Grooming Needs: Rich, medium length, dense, double coat (undercoat and top guard hairs). Though a AKC disqualification, longer haired (coated) GSDs are found ** (see below for more information). Sheds heavily year around and loses large amount of hair twice a year (blows coat). Brushing at least several times a week advised to help control shedding.
Typical Personality & Exercise Needs: Intelligent, confident, discriminating, steady – responsive to consistent & gentle training from an owner who is as smart and capable as he is. Naturally reserved and protective, must have large amounts of daily mental & physical activity to keep dog well adjusted. With proper socialization they can be good with children who are considerate of animals, although not appropriate with very young children in most situations.
Complied in part from the AKC Breed Standard and Your Purebred Puppy: A Buyers Guide by Michelle Welton
Why GSDs end up in shelters/rescues: Too much hair shedding, got too big, untrained, too much energy, not enough time for a dog, barks all the time while tied outside, etc. Many of the reasons GSDs are given up can be resolved with training. A GSD is highly intelligent and social and needs to be included as part of the family and given proper attention and exercise daily.