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German Shepherd

Group (AKC):


Country of OriginGermany, newer breed
Type of coatMedium length, coarse shedding, soft undercoat
GroomingRegular brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming
Average height22-26 inches
Average weight60-110 pounds
Activity levelHigh
WatchdogExcellent, very territorial
IntelligenceVery high
Compatibility with childrenOK but no rough housing, chase games or teasing, strong bonding with family, can be overly protective
CharacterCautious, suspicious
Ideal home environmentFenced secluded yard, daily exercise
Ideal ownerStrong, confident, emotionally stable leader, good for families if bred and trained properly
Suggestions:Early obedience training and socialization recommended. There is a distinction between the show and working lines. Show line dogs look great but have little ability for obedience. The working line dogs are more active and stable temperamentally. Larger dogs in general are slow to mature typically taking three to three and a half years.
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Additional notes:

This is one of the most versatile dogs. It has been used as a guide dog, in bomb detection, protection, sled dog, working dog, police dog, military dog, narcotics, companion dog, etc.

A short history:

The German Shepherd is a "natural dog". It was first named the Alsatian Wolf-Dog but it was not truly bred with a wolf or even in Alaska. The German Shepherd was developed in Germany in the 1880's as a herder. It is known for its intelligence and ability to work independently without direction or instruction. It is considered the best guard dog in the world and is in demand for use in military and police operations. It is forceful and positive in manner with strength and courage. It has a direct, and fearless gaze and is highly regarded as a companion, protector, and friend. The ideal dog is nimble and fit with a self-confident but somewhat aloof air. The dog appears strong, agile, well-muscled, alert, and full of life. There is a look of quality and nobility in the well-bred German Shepherd.

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