General

German shepherd show dog

German shepherd show dog

German shepherd show dog

The German shepherd (GSD) is a large and muscular dog breed used for herding and protection.

History

Germany

The German shepherd has a long history in Germany, where it was first bred around the year 1350 by the knights in their service. Originally, they were used to guard castles and battlements, and to protect herds of horses. Their purpose was to drive off wolves and other predators that had attacked the flocks. Eventually, however, the breed's role was expanded to include guarding the cattle and sheep, tracking escaped livestock and protecting the farmer's crops.

The first GSD in history is not known, but there is a story of a shepherd in 14th century who brought a dog home from a journey. He noticed it was very strong and courageous. This dog became very friendly, and he bought it for a cow to protect it. This dog took to the cow very quickly. Later on, this dog's offspring became known as the German shepherd dog.

Today, German shepherds are working and competition dogs and have won numerous awards for their herding and working abilities.

North America

German shepherds were imported to the United States in the mid to late 1800s and became a working dog.

In the late 1880s, the first German shepherds in the United States were recognized as the German Shepherd Dog Club. In 1890, German shepherds were given the title of Working Dog. The first American Kennel Club Championship, which is the basis for the breed's showing status, was held in 1893.

Today, many in the United States have become very attached to German shepherds. Some German shepherds have won awards for both herding and working, and have demonstrated their versatility in helping with many types of problems.

Appearance

The German shepherd dog's muscular, upright stance and large head show its guarding and protective nature. An important part of the dog's look is the medium length of its head and the short, thick, wedge shaped ears. These features make the dog look powerful and intelligent. The coat color of the German shepherd dog varies from black, tan, or white to blue, gold, and fawn colored. The head is dark, with wide and slightly longer than normal ears that droop at the end. The tail is docked, and may be straight or wagging. The long legs are strong and well muscled.

Size

German shepherds usually weigh between 25 and 35 pounds, with a height of 16 to 20 inches.

Temperament

One of the most famous people in Germany is the late film star, Sophia Loren. In an interview that appeared in People magazine in February 2002, Sophia Loren described the bond between a German shepherd and her as an “old and deep love.” The German shepherd is a large, strong, and intelligent dog. They are very protective of their family and will warn and alert their owners when strangers are in the vicinity. They are loyal and gentle dogs. German shepherds are the ideal companion for a new home owner. They are very intelligent, and can learn basic commands quickly. The most well known German shepherd is probably Rin Tin Tin who was trained in over 250 films and shows between 1922 and 1946. He is known as the most successful film actor. A common German shepherd's life span is 15 to 17 years.

History

When the Romans, from the 3rd century BC, established colonies on the banks of the Rhine, German shepherds were the most common type of dog. The German shepherd was originally bred to track and find prey. Later they were bred to perform on stage. German shepherds were also considered good family pets. In the 18th century, the first German shepherd club was founded. They were used for herding sheep. In 1913, the first organized German shepherd trial was held at the University of Marburg. In 1922, Rin Tin Tin was born.

Etymology

The dog breed has no particular name. The dog’s name derives from the German word "Schöder", which means "friend of the shepherd".

German Shepherds Breed Characteristics

The German shepherd has a short, powerful, thick neck. Its body is strong and muscular. The shoulders are wide and the head is broad. It has a long, drooping muzzle. Their ears are long, pointed, and set high. The eyes are large and almond shaped. German shepherds have a powerful tail, but it should never curl over the back. There are three distinct colors of the German shepherd: Blonde, Black, and White. German shepherds are intelligent, loyal, and courageous.

Training

German shepherds are extremely intelligent. They are not easily trained, and should only be trained when they are mature. German shepherds were bred for years to perform at shows and were shown great care. They were trained to detect sheep, cattle, or other animals. The German shepherd’s job was to find the prey, and then the trainer would show them how to drive it. German shepherds are very good at herding and working. They are very good at tracking and following. They are also very alert. German shepherds were bred to detect intruders, but they are also very intelligent, reliable, and loyal.

Temperament

A German shepherd’s life revolves around the family. They were bred for protection and security, but they also have a loyal and trusting personality. They have good temperaments, but they are not aggressive. They are not known to attack people or other animals. German shepherds are known to bark. The German shepherd wants to be with its family and protect them. They want to be loved, but they are not very outgoing. German shepherds need a lot of exercise. German shepherds were bred to track, protect, and work, but they are also quite loyal.

Children

German shepherds are very calm, calm, and protective of their family. They are very loyal to their family. German shepherds do very well around children. They have calm temperaments, but are not aggressive. They do very well with children and other animals. They also do very well with older and younger children.

Grooming

Grooming a German shepherd is easy. They are easily bathed and have very nice, shiny coats. German shepherds need to be brushed daily. They shed every year, so they need grooming every few weeks to keep the coat soft and shiny. Their coats need to be cleaned of dander.

Care

A German shepherd’s life revolves around the family. They were bred for protection and security, but they also have a loyal and trusting personality. They have good temperaments, but they are not aggressive. They are not known to attack people or other animals. German shepherds are known to bark. The German shepherd wants to be with its family and protect them. They want to be loved, but they are not very outgoing. German shepherds need a lot of exercise. German shepherds were bred to track, protect


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