While searching for an appropriate dog crate, consider how big you expect your German Shepherd to grow. Dog crates usually show a strength rating based on weight of dog.
Average weight of adult German Shepherd = 75-95 lbs
Make sure your dog crate is a few inches higher than your dogs height.
Average height of adult male German Shepherd = 24-26 inches
Average height of adult female German Shepherd = 22-24 inches
A little about the German Shepherd:
There’s a popular belief that the German Shepherd is closely related to a wolf. The truth is that this breed is no more related to a wolf than any other breed. The origins of the German Shepherd were from dogs bred to herd sheep and to protect against any predators looking to feed from their flock. As cities grew and became more industrialized, the need for sheepdogs lessened. However, the need for working dogs grew and the German Shepherd had many of the characteristics sought after for this. The German Shepherd is correctly named in that they are from Germany. There origin date is known to be 1899. Breeders of the German Shepherd sought to develop not only a herding dog but also one that could excel at jobs requiring courage, athleticism, and intelligence. The German Shepherd had proved itself more than capable as a working dog. They were bred specifically for their intelligence, a trait that they are now famous for.
The German Shepherd excelled in many roles; Police work, Search and Rescue, Narcotics Detection, Explosives Detection, Accelerant Detection and of course as a Guard Dog. German Shepherds have been trained with the military. They have on many occasions parachuted in with troops during military engagements.
The German Shepherd currently accounts for close to 5% of all registered dogs in the AKC.
The German Shepherd is a devoted and faithful pet for a family. They can be suspicious towards strangers due to their protective nature. This dog needs a great deal of mental and physical exercise. It’s important to stress that they need a healthy amount of regular mental challenges. They are noted to be one of the top three smartest dogs.
Consider the level of mental and physical exercise your German Shepherd needs when figuring out your crate training schedule.
German Shepherd exercise requirements = 4 out of 5
(5 being the breed of dog that requires the highest level of exercise)
Average life span of the German Shepherd = 10-12 years
Dog crates combined with dogs not getting enough exercise will result in behavior problems. The German Shepherd needs their daily exercise for them to behave well at home. Dog crates work best when your dog is getting the exercise he needs. If you’re going to use a dog crate, make sure he’s getting that exercise.
Both you and he will be happier for it.