The German Shepherd

I am doing a post on one of the greatest dog breeds. Well at least in my opinion. The German Shepherd has been around for a very long time. Why are they such great dogs? That’s what we will be talking about…

Image of German Shepherd from vetstreet

History

German Shepherds originated in 1899, in well… Germany. These amazing dogs were bred as working dogs for all around labor, they were also very good at herding livestock. Which is where I believe they got the name German “Shepherd”.  The German Shepherds popularity in Germany grew fast for their intelligence, very hard worker, and a good companion.  the American Kennel Club officially recognized this breed in 1908. Many of these dogs were brought to the U.S.A after World War I where they got very popular. Now they are being used all over for Search and Rescue, Police K-9 units, military, special needs dogs, and companion dogs.

Statistics

A male weighs 65-90 lbs, females weigh 50-70 lbs. An average male height is about 24 to 26 inches and the females height is usually 22 to 24 inches. Remember you measure a dogs height from the top of the shoulders to the ground. Life expectancy is usually about 7 to 10 years.

 

Responsibility

These dogs are tireless working so they need to be exercising and working or they will get into trouble. So, play with them and let them work, they like to work. They have a thick double coat of fur so you should groom them regularly or they will probably shed a lot. Germans shepherds should also get a bath every once and a while. These dogs are very smart intelligent dogs they need to have discipline.

Training

The German Shepherd is intelligent as I might have said many times already. So, since their workers, you need to make them use there brain. They need not only physical work but mental work as well. They are very eager to please you so there very good at training. That’s why these dogs are used all over the place as disciplined workers. If you neglect training and do not take the time then your will German Shepherd will for sure get into trouble. These dogs also love to try to outsmart you. If you train them well and discipline them, then they are great dogs.