Loyal, intelligent, protective and hard-working are all classic endearing traits of a German Shepherd. There are differences in coat and coloring, but this breed always bonds tightly with its owner, is keenly aware of its surroundings and is extremely eager to please. For the German Shepherd, the world revolves around its owner; the dog is very loving and agile.
More long than tall, the breed has a regal appearance and is very sturdy and lean.
An athletic breed, the German Shepherd needs regular physical and mental exercise preferably in the form of a job. These dogs are regularly called upon as service/therapy dogs, police/military dogs, for protection (Schutzhund) as well as search and rescue duties. But they are equally happy to be a loyal family pet. The breed is attentive and focused.
German Shepherds are a relatively new breed. They were bred during the twentieth century to create a standard for herding dogs. They came to America in 1907 and have become a very popular breed.
These dogs shed frequently, are prone to hip dysplasia and allergies and have an average life span of 10-13 years. Their weight varies greatly between males and females.
Famous German Shepherds: Rin Tin Tin, Zoe (of Scout and & Zoe’s)
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