Information on German Shepherd Dogs
In the German Shepherd Dog, there are differences in thickness of the hair and also the length of the hair coat.
A normal stock hair coat may be thinner, lacking sufficient undercoat (less in summer anyway) or thicker, which does not make it a long hair coated dog. The long hair coated dogs may have hair around the ears and face and tufts between the toes, a fuller mane at the neck and thick, long hair on the rear of the legs or not. The long hair coated dogs with the short hair around the face and ears are commonly called the plush coated and as of right now, there is not a separate class for the “plush” in the breed ring.
Long hair coated dog
Short hair coated dog
As a puppy, they are often bigger than littermates with a richer color and have more bone / body. They do not shed out their “puppy fluff”, rather, they grow longer hair after their first shed. It is personal preference. In my experience I have found that the long hair coats shed less, but when they shed it is more noticeable, due to the length of the hair shaft.