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German Shepherd - More than a Dog

Updated on February 26, 2014

Introduction

I decided to create this lens on the moment I heard of a challenge called Things That Makes Us Smile.

I have a dog, called Queen, since I was a little girl and I think that she deserves a full page about her.

I'm going to tell you which are the good and the bad things of owning a German Shepherd. What are their most important qualities and what you won't like about them.

Photos taken by: Fufurinha

Model: Queen

Meet Queen

I've "received" Queen when I was 10 years old. My parents gave her as a present for me and my sister.

I will never forget the first day I saw her. We were waiting for so long to have a dog that we couldn't believe that she was going to be ours. She was so small, so cute and so fragile. I was afraid to hold her in my arms because I feared that I would drop her.

On the first years she was a terrible little dog. She ruined the garden, shoes, socks and even a telephone. But we had patience because we know that it was just a phase.

Now she is a big girl. She takes care of our house and of us. She's a great company for us and, even my dad that doesn't like dogs that much, will miss her a lot when she leaves us.

She makes part of our life and we consider her another member of our family.

It was hard to take this photo, but I think the effort was worth it.

German Shepherd

  • Origin: Germany
  • Date of Origin: XIX Century
  • Lifetime Expectancy: 14 years
  • Classification: Shepherd Dog
  • Height: 55 to 65 cm
  • Weight: 22 to 40 kg

Also known as Deutscher Schäferhund or Alsatian Wolf, the German Shepherd Dog has it's origins, probably, from offspring of shepherd's dog around the VII century or from the crossing of shepherd dogs and wolfs.

Nowadays, it is one of the most famous dogs around the world, know because of its multifaceted feature, physical qualities, braveness, courage and loyalty.

Its fur is medium, smooth and tough. The German Shepherd colors can be: full black or grey; black with stains from golden to light grey; grey with lighter stains or brown.

The German Shepherd is a labor dog and it needs exercise to be a well balanced dog. They need regular exercise, at least 2 walks a day, if you don't have more time. A grown up German Shepherd needs 2 daily hours of exercise, whether it is a walk, play or labor.

These kind of dogs are usually used for police, military or rescue purposes.

It's fur should be brushed everyday in order to extract all the dead fur. To avoid dermatitis, you shouldn't bath them a lot. Too many baths can remove the natural oiliness of their skin.

This breed is between the most intelligent in the world. It is usually ranked third on the canine intelligence rankings.

German Shepherd Temperament

German Shepherds are one of the most complete breeds that exist. Highly intelligent, obedient, brave and responsible, this dog has efficiently developed many different tasks: sheep keeper, watchdog, rescue, company, police, movie star, messenger, and many others.

They are highly trainable but his keen instinct of protection can be dangerous if he misinterpret some situation. It is advised to teach him by experience people since puppy so that he can be controllable when he grows up.

Family Relationship

German Shepherd dogs are usually reveal a unforgettable partner. They are sensitive and calm with their owners. This kind of dog appreciates attention given by its owner as it is a present dog that likes to be inserted within the family circle.

Children Relationship

This breed deals well with young children and babies. They have a strong caring and protective personality.

Relationship with other animals

The German Shepherd dog is not very compatible with other pets (obviously there are some exceptions).

Common Diseases

The most common diseases that strikes these breed are:

  • Gastro-intestinal problems;
  • Skin diseases;
  • Tumors;
  • Piroplasmosis or fever ticks;
  • Eclampsia, hip dysplasia and elbow.

Still a Child

Even though her 9 years, sometimes she behaves like she was still 2.

You can see in the picture (look at her nose) that she has done something wrong. It's just another hole in the garden.

Here at home we are used seeing her nose full of dirt. Since she was a kid she has loved doing holes in our garden. Specially when we give her big bones. She likes to bury them. We don't know if she goes grab them later if she keeps them there like a trophy.

A Final Question

Do you have a German Shepherd?

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      Beatriz 3 years ago from Portugal

      @Magda2012: Thank you ;D

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      Magda2012 3 years ago

      Reading about Queen makes me smile too :) She is very cute!

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      Squirt2Squidoo 3 years ago

      I had a German Shepard at one time. Her name was Kylie. I miss her alot. She was Great Dog! Nice lens! This brings back memories.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Definitely smile-worthy. Enjoyed your lens very much!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Great lens. My dog makes me smile also.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      It's sweet to read about your special bond with your dog, Queen.

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      IreneL11 4 years ago

      Love this lens.

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      Carolyn Bennett 4 years ago from Longview, Washington

      We love our German Shepherd, Rommel. It was great to "meet" your dog. German Shepherds are very special animals.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I enjoyed meeting your wonderful Queen. Beautiful dog.

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      Hi fufurinha

      This is a very warm and heartfelt lens. Having had a dog, I can say that, it is a special relationship, when you have a pet and they do become part of your family. Thanks for sharing. Take care and have a great day! :)

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      Namsak 4 years ago

      I have had several dogs over the years and I find that the most intelligent and the friendliest are always crossbreeds.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      I'd love to have another one.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice article. German Shepherds are very faithful dogs, my daughter has two, but you need to be weary of them with strangers coming to the back door.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sweet lens for your Queen!

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      jimporsche86 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your information. I have never had a German Shepherd but would like to get one or two someday.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed your lens, thanks for sharing. I have 2 Newfoundland dogs.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Lovely Lens, your dog looks very cute. I'm a big dog lover myself :)

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      TipsForMoms 4 years ago

      Very nice dedication to your furry friend! Dogs are so loyal and trusting. We had a Great Dane once. He thought he was a Chihuahua and wanted us to carry and cuddle him. LOL!

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @emma_07: Thank you

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      emma_07 4 years ago

      Hi..i loved your lens

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @SusanDeppner: They should have dated then LOL

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a beautiful girl! We love German shepherds. King used to get that dirt mark around his nose, too. Good memories - he lived a long, full life and we miss him.