German Shepherd – An Amazing Trainable Breed!
Hi dog lovers, just thought another great dog breed to discuss would be the German Shepherd this breed has a wonderful history and they have been used throughout history as such a great breed for many reasons.
Origin of the German Shepherd
Von Stephanitz was attending a dog show when he was shown a dog named Hektor Linksrhein. He was the product of a few generations of selective breeding. He purchased the dog immediately and changed his name to Horand von Grafrath.
Completely fulfilling what Von Stephanitz believed a working dog should be. Horand had the strength and intelligence, loyalty and beauty, that he was looking for in a working dog.
Von Stephanitz founded the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (Society for the German Shepherd Dog). Horand was declared to be the first German Shepherd Dog and was the first dog added to the society’s breed register.
In 2018, a genetic study found that just prior to 1859 a broadly distributed European herding dog had given rise to the German Shepherd, the French Berger Picard, and the five Italian herding breeds: Bergamasco Shepherd, Cane Paratore,Lupino del Gigante, Pastore d’Oropa, and the it:Cane da Pastore Della Lessinia e del Lagorai.
|Berger Picard||Bergamasco Shepherd||Cane Paratore||Pastore d'Oropa|
These dogs all looked very similar at that time, and it was around 1890 that the three breeds (Belgian Shepherd, German Shepherd, and Dutch Shepherd) went their separate ways.
|Dutch Shepherd||Belgian Shepherd||German Shepherd|
Of those breeds, the Dutch shepherd looks closest to the continental shepherd of that time. Dogs were being bred to preserve traits that assisted in their job of herding sheep and protecting their flocks from predators.
During the 1850s, attempts were being made to standardize dog breeds. In Germany, this was practiced within local communities, where shepherds selected and bred dogs.
It was recognized that the breed had the necessary skills for herding sheep, such as intelligence, speed, strength and keen senses of smell. The results were dogs that were able to do such things, but that differed significantly, both in appearance and ability, from one locality to another.
German Shepherd Dogs can stand as high as 26 inches at the shoulder and, when viewed in outline, presents a picture of smooth, graceful curves rather than angles. The natural gait is a free-and-easy trot, but they can reach great speeds.
There are many reasons why German Shepherds stand in the front rank of canine royalty, but experts say their defining attribute is their character: loyalty, courage, confidence, the ability to learn commands for many tasks, and the willingness to put their life on the line in defense of loved ones.
German Shepherds will be gentle family pets and steadfast guardians, but, the breed standard says, there’s a “certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.”
The German Shepherd Dog (Deutshe Schäferhund) descends from the family of German herding dogs that, until the late 19th century, varied in type from district to district.
German Shepherd’s now-famous qualities—intelligence, agility, speed, stealth, and the overall air of firm authority—were forged not in the police academy but in the sheep pasture.
German Shepherd’s became popular in the United States in the early 1900s, thanks in part to the adventures of canine movie stars Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart.
With the decline of herding as a canine occupation, von Stephanitz shrewdly promoted his breed as an ideal K-9 worker. The German Shepherd is today the preferred dog for police and military units the world over.
The first impression of a good German Shepherd is that of a strong, agile, well-muscled animal, alert and full of life. It is well-balanced, with harmonious development of the forequarter and hindquarter.
The dog is longer than tall, deep-bodied, and presents an outline of smooth curves rather than angles. It looks substantial and not spindly, giving the impression, both at rest and in motion, of muscular fitness and nimbleness without any look of clumsiness or soft living.
The ideal dog is stamped with a look of quality and nobility – difficult to define, but unmistakable when present. Secondary sex characteristics are strongly marked, and every animal gives a definite impression of masculinity or femininity, according to its sex.
German Shepherd as Family Pets
When considering a family pet with small children this is one breed you should check into they are so intelligent and easy to handle with training and get along great with children.
A German Shepard will make a fantastic guard dog not only for your home and property but for you and your family they are faithful and will give their life to protect you.
This is one of the reasons they are so widely used as police dogs and in the military today, at one time they were trained as guide dogs for the blind but because they can be easily prompted into protection mode at an instant they are using Labradors and golden retrievers more today for this job.
If you read the history and origin of the German Shepherd then you can see they came from many cross breedings until the current day breed was perfected.
German Shepherd’s Care
The German Shepherd does require more grooming because of the length of their fur. Brushing daily is recommended and bathing at least once per month.
As always brush a dog’s teeth to keep them from getting tarter build up and gum disease. Clean their ears regularly because most Shepherds ears do stand up and can accumulate more dirt and wax. And of course, clip their nails.
Healthwise the most serious problem with a German Shepherd is hip dysplasia so making sure you take him/her to the veterinarian for check-ups is required just like with all dogs.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good family dog wanting one that will guard their property and family giving his/her all to protect you.
Check with the breeder that you are getting your dog from for family history of hip dysplasia is always wise if the breeder has no knowledge of this then I would suggest finding another breeder to get your dog from.
Please have your dog spayed or neutered to cut down on the unwanted pet population and as always microchipping is recommended should your pet get lost or stolen.
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