The German Shepherd dog is one of America’s most popular dog breed.He’s an intelligent and capable working dog.His devotion and courage are unmatched. And he’s amazingly versatile, excelling at most anything he’s trained to do: guide and assistance work for the handicapped, police and military service, herding, search and rescue, drug detection, competitive obedience and, last but not least, faithful companion.
Information about German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd Dog is well proportioned and very strong. The GSD has a sturdy, muscular, slightly elongated body with a light, solid bone structure. The head should be in proportion to its body, and the forehead a little rounded. The nose is most often black, however, blue or liver still do sometimes occur, but are considered a fault and cannot be shown.
The teeth meet in a strong scissors bite. The dark eyes are almond-shaped, and never protruding. The ears are wide at the base, pointed, upright and turned forward. The ears of puppies under six months may droop slightly.
The bushy tail reaches below the hocks and hangs down when the dog is at rest. The front legs and shoulders are muscular and the thighs are thick and sturdy. The round feet have very hard soles. There are three varieties of the German Shepherd: double coat, plush coat and longhaired coat.
The coat most often comes in black with tan, sable or all black But also can come in white, blue and liver, but those colors are considered a fault according to most standards.
History of German Shepherd dog
The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed, dating back to 1899, and he owes his existence to one man. Captain Max von Stephanitz, a career captain in the German cavalry with a goal of creating a German breed that would be unmatched as a herding dog.Centuries before von Stephanitz came along, farmers in Germany, as in the rest of Europe, relied on dogs to drive and protect their herds. Some dogs were legendary for their skill, and sheepherders would travel days to breed their female dogs to a notable sire.
However, as von Stephanitz noted, no one had developed the herding dogs of the region into a distinct breed. In 1898, von Stephanitz retired from military life and began his second career, and what would prove to be his passion. Experimenting with dog breeding to create a superior German herding dog.
Characteristics of German Shepherd Dog
|Apartment Friendly||3 starsThe German Shepherd will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with at least a large yard.|
|Barking Tendencies||2 starsOccassional|
|Cat Friendly||3 starsThe German Shepherd can also live peacefully with other dogs and pets, as long as he was taught to do so from puppyhood. Introducing an adult German Shepherd to a household with other pets can be more difficult if the dog isn’t used to getting along with other dogs or cats.|
|Child Friendly||5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also friendly toward other pets but aloof and suspicious toward strangers.
|Dog Friendly||2 stars|
|Exercise Needs||4 starsGerman Shepherd Dogs love strenuous activity, preferably combined with training of some kind, for these dogs are very intelligent and crave a good challenge. . The daily exercise must always include daily walks/jogs to satisfy the dog’s migration instinct.|
|Grooming||3 starsModerate Maintenance: The German Shepherd Dog has a thick, medium-length double coat that sheds, a lot and constantly, so much that even his fans call him a “German shedder.”|
|Health Issues||4 starsHypoallergenic: No|
|Intelligence||5 starsSynonymous with intelligence, German shepherds were ranked third when more than 200 AKC judges rated over 100 breeds on their intelligence. They’re easy to train, learning many simple commands in as little as five repetitions.Ranking: #3.|
|Shedding Level||5 starsConstant and Seasonal Shedding: Expect this dog to shed frequently. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.|
|Stranger Friendly||1 stars|
|Trainability||5 starsEasy Training: German Shepherd Dogs are eager pupils and are quick to learn new tricks. They are most responsive to their owner’s voice. The German Shepherd Dog’s versatility makes them suitable for a wide variety of activities including dog sports.|
|Watchdog Ability||5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.
Facts about German Shepherd Dog
GSD is an acronym for the German Shepherd Dog, so, back in the day, it wouldn’t be confused with a German, shepherd (the human).
2) Schutzhund is a sport that was developed in the 1990s specifically for this breed. It was designed to test the natural instincts of the German Shepherd, weeding out the untrainable or unstable.
3) The German Shepherd is the second most registered dog in the USA at 3.5 million (second only to the Golden Retriever).
4) Strongheart was a popular movie (pup)star that was featured in six films and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
5) Chips was a mixed-breed German Shepherd that was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heartand the Silver Star for his bravery in WWII.