|The German Shepherd's breed standard is a very powerful dog a long snout and slightly arched back. The tip of the nose has a slight downward bend and the eyes show how intelligent the breed is. The dog is normaly a proud animal standing apoximatly 25 inches to the shoulder. The coat length vaies from a medium coat to a long coat. Colors include black and tan, sable, and black. White and cream dogs do occur but are not included in the breed standard. Unfortunatly, due to over-breeding, the breed can suffer from hip displasia also found in other members of the working group such as Siberian Huskies and Rottwielers.