Written for the companion pet owner and show dog owner alike, this handbook covers every aspect of keeping a German Shepherd dog. The main part of the volume is devoted to the care of the breed, with information on buying, feeding, training, grooming and exercise. It contains a detailed profile of the breed, with information on its good points and possible drawbacks. The responsibility required from dog breeders is stressed throughout, and after tracing the breed's origin, the book goes on to provide information on planning a litter, maternity care, and hand-rearing puppies. A special section on dog shows includes details on UK and US showing methods for general competitions and, where applicable to the breed, field and obedience trials. Each method is illustrated with photographs. Written for the pet owner and show dog owner alike, this book covers all aspects of keeping a German Shepherd dog. The volume examines caring for the breed, with information on buying, feeding, training, grooming and exercise. It also looks at planning a litter, maternity care and rearing puppies. There is also a section with step-by-step grooming photographs showing readers how to keep their dogs tidy.