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German Shepherd Dog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 77 to 85 pounds
Height: 22 to 26 inches
Longevity: 13
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a German Shepherd Dog, Dog Breed Guide

Introduction

The German Shepherd is one of the most iconic and well known dog breeds in the world today. Surprisingly, they are fairly new as a breed. But their impressive canine traits caught the world’s eye and it has been featured in movies such as Rin-tin-tin and Strongheart.

Official Name

German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd Dog breed is also called Alsatian or Deutscher Schaferhund.

Origin

Date – Late 1800’s
Country – Germany
Family / Group – Herding

Recognized By:
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
German Shepherd Dog Club of America
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.

History

Deutscher Schaferhund or simple known across the world as German Shepherds are surprisingly a fairly new breed. Its origins can be traced to Karlsruhe, Germany during the early part of the twentieth century. This dog breed’s ancestral roots are from old German farm and herding dogs. Development of the breed was spearheaded by career German Cavalry officer Captain Max von Stephanitz. The initial purpose of Captain Stephanitz was to create a breed standard on the generic German herding dogs with various coat length such as longhaired, shorthaired and wirehaired herding and farming dogs that is local to the German provinces Wurtemberg, Thurginia and Bavaria. Later, this herding dog became perfect for the police and military. It was resented as a fully developed breed in the year 1889 and internationally recognized as a purebred in 1908.

Personality

German Shepherd dogs are self-confident and even-tempered. This is an affectionate and playful dog breed. Show their docile but pleasing disposition to friends and family. They are naturally reserved when it comes to strangers, but that won’t last long as these dogs warms up quickly.

Bred For

Traditionally they are farming and herding dogs. Today these working dogs are famous for being in law enforcement serving in the canine units in police and military outfits around the world.

Environment

This large German Shepherd will do surprisingly fine in apartment living conditions. Provided that dog owners’ can satisfy exercising needs. Homes with a large yard are the ideal living setting for the GSD breed.

Grooming

This German dog breed she constantly. They will shed little hair most of the time. These are large dogs that will shed heavily. Fortunately it only happens twice a year.

Training

This is a dog that is intelligent and highly trainable.

Health

Obesity is the main health concern for the German Shepherd Dog breed. These dogs also have a medical history of epilepsy and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Like most dogs, the GSD are also prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Cases of panostertis among them are also known.

Exercise

German Shepherd Dogs love activities that are vigorous! Training should be done while doing these activities. Giving them challenging physical activities will keep these intelligent dogs sharp. Taking them on brisk walks, jogging and running would make the GSD very happy and very healthy.

 

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