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8 Reasons Why German Shepherds Ooze Awesomeness

Updated on September 6, 2018
Rosemary Dowell profile image

I'm a canine ambassador and force-free dog training evangelist. German Shepherds are my breed of choice. But IMO ALL dogs are amazing!

The German Shepherd is a relatively young breed, dating back just over 100 years.
But in this short time the breed has become America's second most popular breed. And one of the most popular worldwide.

All dog's are beautiful, but what' so special about the GSD that makes some folks die-hard German Shepherd lovers?

Here are 8 reasons why German Shepherds Ooze Awesomeness...

They Attract Attention Like Supermodels

Whether they're at the vet, the dog park or riding on the back seat of a car, the German Shepherd draws attention.

Their black muzzles and upright ears make them identifiable, even to non-dog folks. Their graceful trot and dreamy brown eyes are reminiscent of a mysterious lone wolf.

It's hard to say which of their traits is the most beautiful. But it's safe to say they are the supermodels of the canine world.

They are Fiercely Loyal

All German Shepherds have an unwavering commitment to their humans. Ask any GSD lover and they'll tell you there's not a place their Shepherd won't follow them.

It's this trait that makes them one of the top breeds for SAR, military and police work.

Although they don't mind meeting new people (or dogs), they aren't quick to make new friends. But given some time, they'll warm up to new faces, if their human says it's okay.

They're Problem Solvers

The German Shepherd has heaps of brainpower, and they are rated in the top three most intelligent dogs.

They are highly trainable which is great for their humans. But there's more...

German Shepherds are well known for teaching themselves new behaviors. So opening doors, unlocking gates and getting into food cabinets is not at all too hard, if given the time to figure things out.

If not kept in check with healthy mental stimulation, this can lead to wayward behavior.

They are Highly Alert

German Shepherds hear everything and smell everything. With those gorgeous ears and highly sensitive nose, there's nothing you can hide from them.

If you think you're going to sneak a piece of salami without sharing... Not so fast! They'll be right there waiting for their slice!

Although, it's not only their ears and noses that give them the upper hand. The German Shepherd is also highly sensitive, making them keen to please their owners in any way.

They Have Memories Like Elephants

German Shepherds have spectacular memories, rivaling the elephant!
They'll quickly learn and remember habits like walking trails, friends and foes.

And if you're ever worried about forgetting feeding time, don't be! Your German Shepherd will quickly remind you when you're running late.

They'll Never Flake Out on a Workout

If you're looking for a solid workout companion, look no further than the German Shepherd!

They are so versatile they can be a competitor or companion in just about any sport.

They love swimming, running, hiking and canicross. And they won't mind running alongside your bike either.

If you're not into any of those activities, or you're keen to take it easy, your German Shepherd will be quite content to play a game of fetch with you.

No matter what your flavor when it comes to physical exercise, The German Shepherd has high energy levels and loves working, so you'll never have to workout alone.

They're Great at Making You Laugh

They might be graceful and mysterious, but they have a delightful sense of humor with their humans.

They can go from chilled out to zooming around the house wrecking havoc on the bedding and rugs.

They're also highly skilled at contorting themselves into unrecognizable positions!

Or, burrowing under the pile of Fall leaves you've only just neatly raked. Not to mention thinking it's funny to drink from the toilet!

They Love Kids

It's around kids where the German Shepherd's big soft heart shines the brightest!

Of course, kids should never be left unattended with any dog. And they should be taught to treat dogs with respect.

But hands down, German Shepherd's are fantastic playmates for children who treat them with respect.

Conclusion

Okay, I'm biased to the German Shepherd, but if you're looking to invite a German Shepherd into your life, I hope these 8 reasons have helped you on the way to making your final decision!

© 2018 Rosemary Dowell

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    • tsadjatko profile image

      19 months ago from now on

      Excellent article! Well done, you are going to be good at this.

      Having owned many German Shepherds I can attest to everything you say - they so desire to please you. I’ve heard it said German Shepherds aren’t the best breed at any one thing but they are second best at everything!

      The only thing that I see as a problem is that some Shepherds are incessant barkers which can be good to let you know there is an intruder but quite annoying when you live in a house where they are exposed to a lot of people visiting or walking by if they are in the yard. If you get one of these you need to stop that behavior ASAP or it will never end.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      19 months ago from now on

      Excellent article! Having owned many German Shepherds I can attest to everything you say - they so desire to please you. I’ve heard it said German Shepherds aren’t the best breed at anyone thing but they are second best at everything!

      The only thing that I see as a problem is that some Shepherds are incessant barkers which can be good to let you know there is an intruder but quite annoying when you live in a house where they are exposed to a lot of people visiting or walking by if they are in the yard. If you get one of these you need to stop that behavior ASAP or it will never end.

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      19 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      We had a German Shepherd cross some years ago. A rescue via the RSPCA. He was a lovely dog and looked like an Alsation youngster, never growing really big.

      I see some Alsatians are now having poor heath outlooks in the UK due to Kennel Club breeding requirements. That is such a shame. Lovely animals.

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