The German Shepherd is a dog known for its intelligence, loyalty, and train-ability. Originally developed in Germany for herding and guarding sheep, German Shepherds are now used for a wide variety of purposes, including as police and military dogs, service animals, and family pets.
German Shepherds were originally bred for herding and guarding sheep in Germany. Their traits have been carefully selected for working ability and intelligence.
They are an intelligent and trainable breed, making them suitable for various tasks.
German Shepherds have a strong loyalty and protective instinct towards their human family.
They are a large breed, typically weighing between 50 and 90 pounds and standing between 22 and 26 inches tall.
They have a lifespan of about 7 to 10 years, depending on genetics and care.
German Shepherds have a thick, double coat, typically tan and black, but can also be sable, black, or all-white.
They were officially recognized as a breed in 1899 by the German Kennel Club, which defined the breed standard and started breeding programs.
They are highly trainable and are commonly used as police and military dogs and service animals for people with disabilities.
German Shepherds are also popular as family pets due to their loyalty and protective nature, but they can also be demanding and need consistent training and socialization.
They are known to be active dogs and need regular exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom-related behavior problems.