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German Shepherd Dog Breed Profile

by Dr. Chris

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog

AKC Group: Herding Group


The German Shepherd Dog is acclaimed as the world's top military dog and police guard. With its iconic appearance it is probably the best known breed in the world. Despite their intimidating history, they actually make great family dogs and are quick learners.

History

The German Shepherd Dog came from Karlsruhe, Germany in 1899, because of the initiatives of Captain Max von Stephanitz and more. Based on the old kinds of farm and herding dogs, the very first German Shepherd presented in the USA was in 1907. The popularity related to Strongheart and Rin-Tin-Tin, 2 members on the breed whose movies shot the recognition of the dog sky-high. This dog is always one of the most popularly registered breeds with the AKC.

Physical Features



The very first perception of a great German Shepherd Dog is a robust, agile, well muscled pet, alert and rich in life. It is healthy, with good progression of the hindquarter through to the forequarter. The breed is longer than tall, deep-bodied, and presents a body of soft curves instead of angles.

The specified height for males twenty four to twenty six inches; and with bitches, twenty two to twenty four inches. The color of the dog varies with many colors allowed. Strong rich shades are desired. Light, washed-out shades of livers or blues are critical faults when showing.

Personality



The dog features a unique character marked by fearless and direct, but not expressive self-confidence and a particular aloofness that doesn't give itself to instant and infrequent friendships. The dog should be friendly, silently standing its ground and displaying self-confidence and readiness to meet overtures without itself causing them to be. It's poised, however, if the occasion requires, keen and attentive; both fit and prepared to serve in their capability as blind leader, herding dog, partner, guardian or watchdog, whichever circumstances may need.

The dog mustn't be fearful, diminishing behind its handler or master; it shouldn't be anxious, looking upward with nervous expression or displaying anxious responses, like tucking of the tail, to strange sights or sounds. Lack of self-confidence in any environment isn't usual for good personality.

Common Health Problems



Frequent inbreeding has resulted in genetic illnesses like elbow and hip dysplasia, bloat, blood disorders, chronic eczema, digestive problems, epilepsy, keratitis flea allergies and dwarfism.

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