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Interesting Facts about German Shepherds

Updated on December 28, 2016
A German Shepherd Puppy.
A German Shepherd Puppy.

At first glance the German Shepherd may seem intimidating. The German Shepherd is stereotypically seen chasing down criminals and guarding lots. While the German Shepherd is a great guard it is also an ideal dog for the family. These dogs are extremely protecting and gentle with children once they have been introduced and also adapts and thrives on active family life. This acticle will give you an overview of the German Shepherd breed and a list of facts about German Shepherds including temperament, history, and little-known interesting facts

German Shepherd Facts

  • German Shepherds are extremely loyal dogs. German Shepherd dogs are especially fond and protective of children in the family.
  • Like Australian Shepherds this breed is a working dog. They are frequently employed by police, search and rescue teams, the military and as therapy dogs.
  • The German Shepherd was originally bred in Germany and was brought to the United States by immigrants in the early 1900's..
  • John F Kennedy and the first family owned a German Shepherd.
  • German Shepherds were originally bred to be extremely loyal, they were meant for protection, not as attack dogs. Due to their high intelligence and ability to listen to commands German Shepherds are now sometimes used as attack dogs.
  • Females are significantly smaller than males. Female German Shepherds should weigh at most 75 pounds while male GSDs can weigh in at a heavy weight of 100 pounds.

An adult German Shepherd
An adult German Shepherd
  • German Shepherds are extremely intelligent, the American Kennel Club (AKC) ranks them number three in intelligence among all dog breeds.
  • The first seeing eye dog every was a German Shepherd. Today a large number of
    German Shepherds are still trained to be seeing eye dogs.
  • German Shepherds are extremely prone to a variety of health issues, specifically hip dysplasia. Due to the health issues associated with GSDs it is important to obtain a German Shepherd puppy from a reputable breeder.

  • They are extremely easy to train although they also need a lot of exercise to remain obedient because they have such high energy levels.
  • German Shepherds are moderately heavy shedding dogs therefore they are not recommended for people with allergies.
  • Through the 1920s the German Shepherd Dog was the most popular family dog in America


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