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German Shepherd Dog (short coat)  : :  Female (spayed)  : :  Senior

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About Bell 5397

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: Black with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
  • Current Size: 74
  • Potential Size: 74
  • Current Age: 10 Years 3 Months (best estimate)
  • Location: 23703
  • Fence Required: No
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Obedience Training Needed: Well Trained
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Owner Experience Needed: Breed


Bell was recently seen by a vet and declared to be in excellent shape for an eleven year old. Unfortunately, as a result of two eye diseases for which she was never treated she has very little to no vision in one eye and the other is affected to a large degree as well.  She basically just sees shadows but it hasn't slowed her down.  Otherwise she is overall very healthy. 

We're still learning about her but so far I can say only great things about her.  She's a velcro-girl who wants nothing more than to be with her person,  She rides beautifully in the car and walks well on a leash.  She transitioned to my home very easily, learning which door led to the yard after being shown only 2 or 3 times.  After 4 days I left her alone in the house for about 5 hours and she didn't bother anything; she does not need a crate.

She eats well but has definitely been spoiled with people food; she waits patiently nearby in case you want to give her some but doesn't beg or steal food.  She isn't particularly interested in toys, probably because if it gets more than 2 or 3 feet away from her she can't see it to find it again.

Bell doesn't do very well with other dogs.  Only she knows why but I suspect it's because she can't see them well enough to read their body signals so she doesn't know what they're going to do next and reacts by being prepared to defend herself.  Bell would be a great companion for a retired person in a quiet household with minimal to no steps and with no other pets.  She does not require a fence but will need to be taken outside on a leash several times during the day.

If you are an approved adopter and would like more information on Bell please email me at




More about Bell 5397

Is Not Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats, Good with Adults, Good for Seniors/Elderly, Quiet, Does Good in the Car, Does not require a yard, Leashtrained, Likes to play with toys, Likes to be in your lap, Apartment OK, Needs special care, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Intelligent, Even-tempered, Gentle

Special Needs: vision limited to about 3 feet.

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