With strong, agile and well-muscled features, the German Sherpherd are longer than they are tall. It has the appearance of high physical capacity and mental alertness. They have a loping stride that easily covers ground to satisfy working demands. Their back and hind legs are slightly angled and they have long, bushy tails.
German Shepherds usually have a black and tan coat in strong, rich colors. Other coat varieties can include solid black or solid sable, hues of red, and a number of combinations. They commonly have black masks on their muzzles and a black saddle patch over their backs. They have a long muzzle, square head and erect, pointed ears.