According to estimates, there are more than 70 million dogs in the U.S. alone. And more than 4 in 10 households have a pet dog, with the German Shepherd being the second most popular breed. Of course, there are good reasons why dogs in general are so popular, and in particular German Shepherds. So let’s consider some of the benefits of owning a German Shepherd…
5 Benefits Of Owning A German Shepherd
1. Loyalty And Companionship
German Shepherds are extremely friendly and loyal dogs. As a dog owner you’ll never be short of someone to talk to! If you live on your own, dogs can provide the same level of friendship as humans.
As well as being loyal and faithful companions, German Shepherds make great guard dogs and watch dogs due to their size and protectiveness.
As a responsible dog owner, it will be your duty to make sure your dog gets as much exercise as they need. And German Shepherds need plenty! All this exercise will, of course, be of benefit to your own health too.
4. Mental And Physical Wellbeing
As well as the physical benefits of the exercise you’ll get with your German Shepherd, as described above, it’s been shown that dog owners tend to be happier and less prone to depression than those who don’t own dogs. And they suffer from less stress too. And all that exercise is also good for your heart and will help you to avoid putting on weight too.
5. Better Social Life
Owning a German Shepherd, or indeed any breed of dog, can actually make a big difference to your social life, especially if you live alone. As you take your dog for walks, or to the park, you’re sure to meet other dog owners. And dogs are great icebreakers for starting a conversation. Indeed, studies have shown people tend to be more trusting towards dog owners.
There are many benefits of owning a German Shepherd dog, just some of which are covered here. You can learn more about the German Shepherd breed here.