The average life span of a German shepherd is between 10 and 12 years, although some can live to be 14 years old. Mixed-breed German shepherds are more likely to live longer than pure breeds.
German shepherds are typically healthy dogs capable of living a full life as long as certain conditions are met. Prospective owners searching for a puppy should only buy from credible breeders who are upfront and open about their dogs and business and always willing to provide documentation.
German shepherds are intelligent, curious, dignified and active. Their owners must be good leaders who are ready to put the necessary effort into their care. This means obedience training, lots of activity and outdoor time, regular veterinary visits, and socialization.