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German Shepherd

German Shepherd

German Shepherd


Roman historian Tacitus noted the ‘wolf-like dog of the country around the Rhine’ nearly 2000 years ago, but the German Shepherd is usually dated to the 1890s and credited to Max von Stephanitz. He owned Horand von Grafrath, the founding male, reputed to have a recent wolf cross in his parentage. Thuringian dogs gave the upright ears and wolf-like appearance, while Wűrttemburger dogs were used for their temperament and speed.


German Shepherds are described as:

    Direct and fearless, and alert.

    Bold, cheerful, obedient and eager to learn.

    Calmly confident, courageous but not hostile.

    Serious, loyal and highly intelligent.

They have a high learning ability. German Shepherds love to be close to their families, but can be wary of strangers.

This breed needs people and should not be left isolated for long periods of time. They only bark when they feel it is necessary. German Shepherds have a very strong protective instinct, so they should be extensively socialized. Aggression and attacks on people are due to poor handling and training.

Problems arise when an owner allows the dog to believe he is pack leader over humans and or does not give the dog the mental and physical daily exercise he needs to be stable. This breed needs owners who are naturally authoritative over the dog in a calm, but firm, confident and consistent way.

A stable, well-adjusted, and trained dog is for the most part generally good with other pets and excellent with children in the family. They must be firmly trained in obedience from an early age. German Shepherds who have passive owners and or whose instincts are not being met can become timid, skittish and may be prone to fear biting and develop a guarding issue.

The breed is so intelligent and learns so readily that it has been used as a sheepdog, guard dog, in police work, as a guide for the blind, in search and rescue service, and in the military. The German Shepherd also excels in many other dog activities including schutzhund, tracking, obedience, agility, flyball, and ring sport. His fine nose can sniff out drugs and intruders, and can alert handlers to the presence of underground mines in time to avoid detonation, or gas leaks in a pipes buried 15 feet underground.

For more information on the German Shepherd

Links for German Shepherd Breeders, Clubs and Rescue Groups

  1. digits
    July 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Great Blog and info, thanks

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    December 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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