This is the definitive guide to raising, training and caring for your German shepherd. A brief history introduces the breed, describes its characteristics and will help you decide if a German shepherd is right for you. Whether a new or experienced dog owner, you will find professional advice on grooming, feeding and basic health care with a section on diseases and conditions specific to the breed. These faithful and protective dogs need plenty of care and attention. There is valuable advice on training and socialisation as well as a section on competitive sports. It is packed full of fun facts and handy tips.