Despite its name the Giant German Shepherd is not comparable in size to true giant dogs such as the American Foxhound or the Afghan Hound for example, however they are large compared to a common German Shepherd.

Characteristics of the Giant German Shepherd Dog

Giant German Shepherds, like dwarf German Shepherds, are actually German Shepherd Dogs. In the case of giant German Shepherds, they are dogs with genes inherited from the bloodline of their ancestors, which give them the characteristic of greater size and weight. They have thick heads and large, heavy bones. The following table describes their fundamental characteristics.


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The male measures between 67cm and 84cm. The female measures between 63cm and 72cm


They usually weigh more than 110 lb, although it varies from one specimen to another

Life Expectancy

From 11 to 15 years

How to feed a Giant Shepherd Dog?


Basically the way of feeding is similar to that of the common German Shepherd Dog; only that special care must be taken not to exceed the proportion of food to be given, to avoid overweight and obesity and consequently the diseases that derive from these evils.

Are giant German Shepherds healthy?


Giant German Shepherds are in short German Shepherd Dogs, with the peculiarity that they carry in their genes the characteristic of their progenitors of being larger than normal, for that reason they are bred in the same way as a normal sized German Shepherd.

They are generally healthy dogs, especially if they come from a breeder with experience, knowledge in dog breeding, and above all ethical: that is, one that puts the health and welfare of the dog before the mere fact of obtaining an exotic or showy animal through intentional crossbreeding, overfeeding or unnatural practices.

As a German Shepherd in the end, the Giant German Shepherd has its own set of genetic diseases and health problems to which it is prone. However, their “giant” status, i.e., large size and consequently heavy weight, makes them prone to other general health conditions that affect giant breeds such as Great Danes.

Among the most common health problems for these dogs are joint problems, arthritis and heart problems.

How do I make sure I get a healthy Giant German Shepherd?

First make sure you get it from a reputable breeder who has experience in breeding this type of dog. Look for reviews from other customers.

Ask the breeder for health certificates or tests performed on the dog and if possible similar information from its parents.

In particular, look for evidence of tests and checks for degenerative myelopathy, as well as evidence that the animal or its parents have not suffered from heart problems. X-rays of hips and elbows are also of interest.

How do I know if my Giant German Shepherd is overweight?

A specialist such as a veterinarian is the best person to make this diagnosis, however, a simple physical examination of the animal can give you an idea.

  • See if you can feel the animal’s ribs without digging your fingers into its skin.
  • The dog should have a visible waist.
  • The dog should have an indentation under the lumbar muscles.
  • See if its back or rear end is rounded, otherwise it could be an indication of overweight.

How much does a Giant German Shepherd cost?

Giant German Shepherds are rare and exotic, which makes them more expensive.

The price ranges from $1500 to $3000 usd. Of course, the price will be subject to other factors such as the pedigree of the dog, the overall quality and the experience of the breeder.

It is recommended that you buy directly from a breeder and not through a website to avoid fraud.

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