From puppyhood to old age, it’s always good to be aware of the common issues and conditions that could occur during your German Shepherd's life.

With 45 years of pet health experience under our collar, we’re here to help you get your pet the very best care over their entire lifetime. From pup to pensioner, pet insurance is key to keeping your pet healthy and happy. Discover some of the most common health issues we see in German Shepherds throughout their life.

General information

We’ve analysed our data to see what claims we receive most regularly for German Shepherds.
Here are some of the key insights:

skin disease

Approximately one in eight German Shepherd claims are for skin disease – the most common claim for this breed.


Lameness, tumours, arthritis and diarrhoea are next most common claims.


German Shepherd claims are around one-and-a-half times less likely to be as a result of an injury when compared to other dog breed claims.

Claims by German Shepherd age

Claims can occur in every breed of dog, at any age!

You might be surprised to know that on average, in 2019, we paid over £14,800 per week in German Shepherd puppy claims.

In the same year, we paid £4,523,625 in claims for middle-aged and senior German Shepherds.

Common claim conditions

Here are some of the most common claims we receive for German Shepherd at each age:


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