I am a dog fan. The unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship that come with dog companionship are hard to beat. Along with that, though, comes dog hair which is going to fall out. After all, shedding is a natural process that allows the new coat to come in.
The German Shedder---er, Shepherd Dog is known for shedding LOTS of hair, second only to Malamutes. German Shepherds have a double coat—the outer layer sheds all year round while the under coat molts twice a year. The volume of hair that comes out during the molting periods is really quite impressive!
There are three stages of hair growth and shedding: Anagen (when the follicle is producing new hair), Catagen (hair growth is in a transitional phase), and Telogan (the hair is in its final position and stops growing). Dog hair goes through these stages constantly, so you can expect continuous shedding.
Regular grooming and vacuuming can help keep the dog hair under control. Some folks vacuum their dogs as well as their carpets and floors, but do so with caution as some vacuums, particularly Dyson models, have pretty powerful suction. Dog hair is a fact of life with dogs, and you can either brush or comb it out and toss it in the trash, or you can let it fall out naturally all over your house. Your choice!