The decision to get a German shepherd has been made, soon you will hear the barking barking of a four-legged friend in your house. And now you are already in the nursery or on the market looking at fluffy lumps, not knowing who to choose.
See how the puppies behave. They are already trying to fight for a place in the pack, so they often fight. It is not necessary to take the most aggressive one, it can be a lot of hassle with him on walks in crowded places. Such dogs are more suitable for guarding objects. You do not need an aggressive friend, but who can prove himself and defend himself at the right moment. Therefore, it is better to choose a puppy of medium and balanced temperament. And don't even look at the cowards who are squealing and tucked in their tail.
The second important point is health. Pay attention to fatness, but if the tummy is excessively large, then this is one of the signs of infection with helminths. Feel the coat, it should be soft, without a repulsive odor, no baldness or scabs. The eyes of a healthy puppy are clean and shiny. The nose is wet and cold, always black without specks. Turn the puppy over and look at its belly. The presence of red dots, scabs indicates the presence of fleas or lice.
If you have a dog in front of you, then his testicles should descend into the scrotum by 3 months. Don't listen to the seller's assurances that this will happen later. Although, if you are not taking a dog for shows, such a defect is not particularly important.
Now about the ears. In some German Shepherd puppies, they get up early, at 5 weeks, in others later, maybe even at 4 months. Therefore, it is not so important if the cartilage is in order, there are no kinks, etc.
Position the puppy and look at its paws. A good dog should have straight and strong limbs. No curvature is allowed. This is a direct sign of malnutrition and rickets. But the joints can have nodosity; then, as the puppy grows, when the skeleton is formed and strengthened, this thickening will not be noticeable.
The German Shepherd Dog has a slightly sloping croup, and in puppies this droopiness is more pronounced. Do not be alarmed when the pet grows up, the slope of the croup will even out and return to normal.
See how the vending puppy walks. If he puts his feet in one track, then this is normal, if he throws his hind legs out, this is a defect in the structure of the limbs. Look at the standing puppy from behind, if his paws touch a little, then you should not refuse and choose another, over time the croup will rise, and the setting of the hind legs will become correct.
The bite is also important when choosing a German Shepherd. The protrusion of the upper or lower jaw is not allowed. They should be scissor bite, that is, when the upper teeth are slightly in front of the lower ones.
Pay attention to the shape of the tail. If the puppy is calm, then its tail hangs, a slight saber-like bend may be present. In a state of excitement, the puppy raises its tail, but it should not be thrown high over the back, much less curl into a ring.
And about the color. Puppies are usually much darker than adult dogs, so be guided by that. Gray wolf color is also allowed, but it is unpopular. See that there are no white marks on the chest and legs, although if you want to get yourself a friend, does it matter what color it will be?