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German shepherds, or Alsatians as they are sometimes known, have become a popular breed. Tens of thousands of online searches for German shepherd pups for sale are conducted every month in the UK.
Often portrayed as military or police dogs in films, German shepherds are often thought to be aggressive. But German shepherd puppies, like any breed, can grow into intelligent, loving dogs if given the right training and socialisation.
If you’re looking to buy a German shepherd puppy or any other type of puppy do you really know what you’re getting into?
Before responding to an advert that says ‘German shepherd puppies for sale’ make sure you do your homework.
Pedigree and purebred German shepherd puppies can suffer from inherited diseases (PDF 72KB) and those breeding dogs aren’t always as concerned about a puppy's health and welfare as they should be.
Don’t risk it. Don’t buy a German shepherd puppy without using the RSPCA/AWF Puppy contract.
We believe that every dog should be judged according to deed, not breed, and that German shepherd dogs, when raised correctly, can make loving loyal pets.
All of the dogs in our care are carefully matched with new owners to ensure they go to the right home. Our dogs also come microchipped, neutered (where appropriate) and vaccinated (where appropriate). They even come with six weeks' free pet insurance from More Than.
To find a new pet who needs a loving home, use our find a Pet pages.