Smile At The Cutest, Purest Photos Of German Shepherd

German shepherds consistently make the American Kennel Club’s top ten list of most popular dog breeds. It’s no wonder why; they are loyal, adventurous, and intelligent. And they’re adorable, especially the puppies!

If you need something cute to cheer you up, look no further than German shepherd puppies. They have floppy ears, giant paws, and the perfect “puppy dog” eyes. How can you resist a puppy that falls asleep in a store or his owner’s arms? Check out the cutest German shepherd puppy photos!

One Ear Up, One Ear Down

A German shepherd puppy has one ear up and one ear down.
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@becsgsd/Twitter

Fun fact: German shepherds are born with floppy ears! During their first year, puppies develop cartilage that keeps their ears up. Certain puppies get cartilage in one ear, but not the other–resulting in some adorable pictures!

This puppy, named Tzarina, is only seven weeks old. Her left ear sticks up, and her right ear flops down. Wolfgang Haus GSD, which adopts German shepherds, snapped a photo of her before her ears straightened. It’s too cute!

These Eyes Can Get Away With Anything

A German shepherd puppy lies down and looks up with puppy eyes.
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German Shepherd Central/Pinterest

Ahh, the puppy eyes. German shepherd puppies always have puppy eyes, especially when they’re lying down, like this pupper. He even has the adorable triangle eyes going in his favor.

When a dog looks this cute, you can’t help but want to pet them. Even if they just ran around tracking mud all over the house–at the end of the day, they’re still adorable babies! When this puppy grows up, he’ll still make the puppy eyes as an adult.

Two Can Carry A Stick

Two German shepherd puppies carry the same stick.
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Marco Wagner/Pinterest

Dogs don’t always get along, but puppies love to play together. These two puppies are the best of pals, and they have no problem carrying the same stick. Look how proud they are of their find!

Some people think that dogs like sticks because they look similar to bones. They’re also the ultimate chew toy, even if the dogs have to share. These German shepherds are young enough to be teething, so they’ll need that giant stick.

Look At That Smile!

A puppy sits by a slide in a park.
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@MKarstunen/Twitter

This puppy is taking a break from playing by lounging next to a slide. He looks extra happy to have this playtime! In fact, this isn’t the only puppy there. He’s one of seven German shepherd puppies who is training for the police force.

Even police dogs need a break. There’s nothing more joyful than a puppy off of his leash playing in a park. Perhaps he’ll even jump down that slide. It’s just too adorable!

An Exhausting Day At The Store

A German shepherd puppy sleeps on a desk in an Apple store.
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The Honesty Game/Pinterest

The owner’s shopping spree at the Apple store is taking too long. Their puppy has fallen asleep on one of the desks of the store. She’s barely larger than the Macbook Air behind her.

This puppy better not get used to sleeping on tables. She’ll soon grow too big to cuddle up on a table. But until then, you might as well bring her into stores and let her have the time of her life.

That Head Tilt

A German shepherd puppy tilts her head.
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Nakita/Pinterest

Look at that adorable head tilt! This puppy is young enough to have her floppy ears still. She seems curious like she’s trying to understand what her owner is saying or why they’re taking a picture.

Experts say that dogs tilt their heads to angle their eyes and pick up new sounds. When dogs tilt their heads, they are listening to you. This puppy is really trying to pay attention, too. It’s too bad that she can’t speak.

Whatever This Dog Is Doing

A German shepherd and Rottweiler mix contorts into a funny position in his owner's hands.
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German Shepherd Planet/Pinterest

This puppy has a different fur pattern than most German shepherds. He’s actually a mix with a Rottweiler. But that’s not what makes this dog unique; he’s flailing in a silly way in his owner’s arms.

This is Baloo, a three-month-old puppy who can’t stay still. Sometimes, owners find this endless energy to be exhausting, but it makes for some adorable and hilarious photographs. What is he doing? He’s clearly posing for the camera and showing off his paws.

A Sleepy Bear Cub

A German shepherd puppy lies asleep in his owner's arms.
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@heyyguido/Twitter

What’s cuter than a German shepherd puppy? A sleeping German shepherd puppy! This pupper fell asleep in his mom’s arms while in the car. With his giant paws, he looks more like a bear. He’ll grow up to be a big dog!

“Don’t let this picture fool you,” the owner wrote. “He’s already a monster!” Puppies might tear up pillows and bark at everything, but when they fall asleep in the car, they’re worth all the hassle.

He’s On The Job

A German shepherd puppy has a K-9 Unit leash around him.
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reddit/u/Gaget

Meet Tuco; he’s training to be a K-9 Unit for the Boston Police Department. He may look cute, but you shouldn’t pet him while he’s on the job! He has a lot of training to do, despite being so young.

Many police departments recruit puppies to train them at a young age. By the time they grow up, they’ll become an official member of the force. But until then, get ready for a cuteness overload while they train.

Meeting His Role Model

An adult German shepherd meets a German shepherd and malinois mix puppy.
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reddit/u/raannndy

This puppy got the chance to see what he’ll look like when he grows up. The reddit user who posted this introduced his adult German shepherd to his new puppy, a German shepherd and Malinois mix. Those two breeds look very similar, so the puppy won’t look much different.

Despite meeting for the first time, this puppy seems comfortable enough to sit against the dog’s hind legs. The dog seems curious about the pupper, but they’ll become friends soon enough!

Can You Resist This Face?

A German shepherd puppy sits on her owner's lap.
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reddit/u/Morsmordre7

How can you resist this face? This puppy is making the classic puppy-dog eyes without even trying. Based on his tiny ears, he’s likely a mix. But he still has the German shepherd paws and fur design.

Based on the size of his paws, this puppy is going to grow into a huge dog. But for now, he can sit comfortably on his owner’s stomach. Watch him try to lay on her lap when he’s older!

“Feed Me!”

A German shepherd puppy named Guy waits for his food.
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M B/Pinterest

This dog may be young, but he’s already learned when it’s dinner time. He is eagerly waiting for his owners to bring him dinner. His name is Guy, and he already has his own restaurant-like space for snacking.

Puppies will love you no matter what, but especially if you bring them food. It’s hard to make a puppy not love someone. Guy has waited long enough to get a picture; bring him his food already!

Pyramid Ears

A puppy's ears perk up in a triangle shape.
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reddit/u/shitshaw

As cartilage forms in a puppy’s ears, their heads may take on strange shapes. This person’s German shepherd has developed “teepee ears.” They’re perked up in a perfect triangle, like a tiny bishop.

German shepherd puppies have huge ears that they eventually grow into. It’s not uncommon for their ears to take on weird shapes while they’re growing. This little guy is four months old, so his ears won’t be triangles for long…at least, we hope they won’t be.

A Little Bear Playing With A Bigger Bear

A German shepherd puppy plays with a teddy bear.
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Cheryl Pets/Pinterest

Who doesn’t love a giant teddy bear? This puppy got the present of a lifetime. He’s playing with a stuffed bear that’s twice his size. Imagine this tiny dog dragging the bear everywhere.

This puppy seems to be having fun biting at the bear’s neck ribbon. He looks like a tiny bear cub pouncing on a big bear cub. The owner will never get that teddy bear back; it’s the German shepherd’s best friend now.

Snow Day!

A German shepherd is on a leash in the snow.
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bjp/Pinterest

German shepherds love snow! Their fur keeps them warm enough to prance around the snow with reckless abandon. This puppy has gotten her first taste of snow. She seems confused but intrigued.

The owner is smart to keep her on a leash. Once you unleash German shepherds, they will run off into the snow. She’ll get pretty wet after her day out, but for now, she can enjoy her time in the snow. Make snow puppy angels!

A White German Shepherd Puppy

A white German shepherd puppy is on a leash.
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@jperlow/Twitter

At first glance, this puppy may look like a different breed. But he’s not; he’s a white German shepherd named Maubo. White fur is rare among German shepherds, but you can occasionally find one through specialized breeders.

Maubo is only two months old, and he sports the characteristics of a classic German shepherd puppy: the long snout, one floppy ear, and giant paws. He’s as cute as any other German shepherd puppy–just more unique!

Is That One Dog With Two Heads?

One puppy places her head on the other puppy's back.
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Carol Crabtree/Pinterest

Gasp! It’s a two-headed dog! We’re just kidding–that’s one puppy leaning her head on another puppy’s back. You can tell that these two are already best friends. They look happy to cuddle up next to each other.

It’s a good thing that they have different fur patterns, or else the owners wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. These puppies look to be about the same age, but they already have different personalities. One seems calm, while the other looks ready to play.

“I’m Ready To Go!”

A German shepherd puppy appears excited in the car.
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Dog Lover 4 Dog Lovers/Pinterest

Guess where this puppy is going. Based on her expression, probably to the park! She’s ready to take off on a new adventure! Even if the owner is going to the store, it’s hard not to get excited when your dog seems so happy.

German shepherds are adventurous and incredibly intelligent. They’re always ready to go for a walk through the streets, park, or mall. You can tell by that smile that this puppy is hyped to go out.

High Five!

Two German shepherd puppies high five.
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@fatcatnluckydog/Twitter

These two puppies must have done something impressive because they’re high-fiving each other. Many dog owners train their dogs to high-five humans, but you rarely see dogs do it to each other.

Of course, they could also be fist-bumping. Since dogs don’t have fingers, it’s hard to tell exactly what they’re doing. Whatever it is, it seems to excite them. Both of these puppies are smiling wide, especially the one on the right. Whatever you both accomplished, great job!

A Fake German Shepherd Puppy

An adult German shepherd has dwarfism.
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reddit/u/lowlife333

Twitter and reddit have been freaking out over this “fake” German shepherd puppy. What does that mean? This is an adult German shepherd with dwarfism. He will forever look like a puppy and is only a few feet tall!

The condition is called Pituitary Dwarfism. It occurs when the dogs are missing hormones that cause them to grow up. Those bulging eyes are a common symptom. Although this German shepherd will forever be a puppy, he should live a happy life.