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German Shepherds are known to be highly intelligent, problem solvers and love to have a job to do. This breed will do anything to please their human friend which makes them easy to train. Not only are they super smart but also extremely photogenic. 

German Shepherds are highly intelligent, incredibly loyal, and excellent at being trained. Despite being known for their courage and toughness, they are not aggressive if trained well from a young age.  

German Shepherds enjoy being in a large garden with a family around them to keep them active and entertained. They typically live between 10 and 14 years; as an adult, they usually weigh between 34 and 43kg.  With great discipline and the ability to be trained incredibly well, it's no surprise they are one of the most popular breeds and the chosen breed for police. 

One fun fact of German Shepherds is that they can be quite the drama queen at times - which we love, of course!

German Shepherd at the vet getting a vaccination

Common conditions that our German Shepherd customers claim for:


Average claim payment

Hypersensitivity (allergic) skin disorder


Skin (cutaneous) disorder


Osteoarthritis (osteoarthrosis, degenerative joint disease (DJD))


Hip dysplasia, developmental


Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)


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Did you know...

  • 37% of our German Shepherd owners made a claim in their first two years with us. Fortunately, we pay 97% of all the claims we receive*.
  • 86% of the claims we received for German Shepherds were for illness, with only 12% for injury*. Many of those claims were for lifelong conditions.
  • Our highest payment for a German Shepherd in the last 12 months is £7,943 for neoplasm-adrenal.
  • The oldest German Shepherd we currently insure is a 14-year-old named Jasmine. Now, there’s a loyal companion!

* Based on all Agria Pet Insurance claims received between May 2023 and October 2023

Common Health Problems for German Shepherds

Although German Shepherds should live a long and healthy life there are some health problems that you must be aware of. 

  • Hip dysplasia

    German Shepherds can sometimes be overweight and be at high risk for hip dysplasia which is when the joint ball and socket do not fit correctly. Hip dysplasia can easily result in the dog being less able to walk normally, leading to chronic pain; therefore, it's important to visit your vet immediately. If you see your German Shepherd having trouble walking, it's vital to see your vet as soon as possible to give your dog the best chance of recovery.  

  • Bloat

    Bloating seems like a small problem, as we all experience it from time to time, however it can affect a German Shepherd's health significantly. Your dog's stomach can fill with air and twist, causing gastric dilation, which increases the risk of severe pain and damage to vital organs. It's essential to see your vet as soon as possible if you see signs of discomfort.  


Health Tips for your German Shepherd


German Shepherds have abundant energy and will need lots of daily exercise to keep them healthy. A lack of exercise can lead to behavioural issues such as barking too often or damaging items around the home. Initially, German Shepherds were bred to herd sheep; therefore they are well adapted to exercising outside often. A good target is two hours of walking daily, depending on your dog's size, age, and condition. 


Your German Shepherd will enjoy training and do well in activity classes. If left alone for extended periods, German Shepherds can become anxious; therefore it's essential to include plenty of socialising. They frequently require interactions with both dogs and humans to keep them happy. As they love being mentally challenged, you should play games like fetch or Frisbee. 


Feed your German Shepherd a mix of wet and dry food with high-quality natural protein. It should come as no surprise that this breed requires plenty of protein to maintain its high activity levels and muscular build. The precise amounts depend on their age, size, activity levels and condition; therefore, asking for professional advice if you need clarification is important.  


You'll probably need to brush your German Shepherd two or three times a week to keep away loose hairs and keep their fur soft and clean. Be careful overwashing your German Shepherd because too many baths can make their skin dry and irritated. Also, you'll want to trim their nails to help prevent injury. 

German Shepherds are beautiful, highly intelligent dogs but not without health issues. Common in these larger breeds, we see conditions such as hip dysplasia that may require long-term treatment. Only a lifetime insurance policy will help with the costs for as long as necessary.

Robin Hargreaves

Agria Vet Panel Lead, Veterinary Surgeon for 30 years and former British Veterinary Association President.

Robin Hargreaves, veterinarian - Agria Pet Insurance

Why more and more German Shepherd owners are insuring with Agria

With Agria, it's lifetime, every time

At Agria, we believe pet insurance should last your pet’s lifetime. Our policies provide lifelong vet’s fees cover for illnesses and injuries. This means that, provided your policy is renewed each year, your maximum benefit will be refreshed, providing cover for ongoing conditions.

So, whatever happens throughout your German Shepherd's life, we’ll always be there for you and your dog!

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