According to Animal Plant, the average German shepherd weighs 75 to 95 pounds, regardless of sex. About.com provides different weight ranges for male and female German shepherds, listing the average male as between 70 and 100 pounds and the average female between 60 and 80 pounds.
The German shepherd is classified as a large breed dog. Its large, athletic body is streamlined, making the breed both strong and agile. The average female is slightly shorter in stature than the average male, measuring 22 to 24 inches tall versus 24 to 26 inches.
The German shepherd is a highly protective, intelligent and devoted dog. Because of these traits, the German shepherd is commonly used as a police dog, guide dog, guard dog, search-and-rescue dog and contraband-detecting dog.