The German shepherd dog is one of the most popular and widely used breeds in the world – perhaps the most popular. It is with the proper upbringing a great family dog; child-friendly and sociable. As a working dog it is outstanding; smart, willing to learn and the perfect partner.
For more than 100 years, the German shepherd been a part of the staff in the police, military, and security guards, as a rescue dog and as a guide dog for the blind. German shepherds has a distinguished sense of for tracking and is naturally very alert. In short: the perfect dog.
What you should know about the German Shepherds:
- The German shepherd Dog is an active dog race that needs a lot of exercise to thrive.
- A German shepherd is very social, and can easily attach themselves to a single owner, and does not need a whole family.
- A German shepherd sheds a lot and should preferably be brushed regularly.
- German shepherds is very industrious and intelligent, so you can easily train a German shepherd (which is also why it is selected for
- Police Dogs).
- It is a good watchdog because it has a strong instinct to protect you and your family as well as the will and the physical ability to deal with a threat.
- It is important that your German shepherd socializes as a puppy so it is used to dealing with other people and animals.
The History of the German Shepherd
As you have probably already guessed, the German shepherd originates from Germany. During the seventeenth century the shepherds helped guarding the sheep, and these shepherds are the ancestors of today’ German shepherd.
In 1899, the German Shepherd Dog association Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde, was founded, and thus began the planned breeding of German shepherds, with the aim of creating a high-performance working dog. That time’ dog was bred from two different types:
- From northern Germany; a small, vigorous, fast dog with an incredible work satisfaction. It had short hair with a thick undercoat, the color usually gray and its ears were pricked.
- From southern Germany; a larger, heavier, calmer dog. This type often had soft ears and a longer fur.
Right from the start the dogs were bred to end up with a uniform dog with a specific set of attributes: erect ears, a close strong short undercoat, strong feelings for its herd and the ability to perform the job as a shepherd.
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