German Shepherd - More than a Dog
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
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.
- 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 SchÃ¤ferhund 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.
Some Useful Links
- German Shepherd - Dog Breed Information Center
A page full of information about German Shepherds (temperament, health information, life expectancy and other info).
- The German Shepherd Dog Community
A Facebook page for fans of German Shepherds.
- German Shepherd Tips
A Facebook page where you can share and see some tips about German Shepherd.
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.
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.
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).
The most common diseases that strikes these breed are:
- Gastro-intestinal problems;
- Skin diseases;
- 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.