German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog is a huge, agile, muscular dog with noble spirit and excellent intelligence. It is generally regarded as one of the best all-purpose workers in the canine species. Although their normal gait is a free-and-easy trot, they can speed things up a bit and attain high speeds. German Shepherds are among the most prestigious breeds of dogs for a variety of reasons, but experts agree that their most distinctive quality is their character, which includes loyalty, bravery, and confidence as well as the readiness to risk their lives to protect those they love. They make loving family companions and dependable watchdogs.

German Shepherd Dog males measure 24 to 26 inches in height, while females measure 22 to 24 inches, at the shoulder. The usual weight range for males is 65 to 90 pounds. Females come in the weight range of 50 to 70 pounds.

German Shepherd Dogs are usually healthy dogs, with the life expectancy being 7 to 10 years.

Recommended Health Tests:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation

A German cavalry officer named Captain Max von Stephanitz set out to create the ideal German herder in the closing decades of the 1800s. In addition to spending 35 years advancing and perfecting the breed, Von Stephanitz co-founded the first GSD club in the world. In the early 1900s, GSDs gained popularity in the United States, in part due to the exploits of canine movie stars Strongheart and Rin-Tin-Tin. The GSD is one of the German breeds that experienced prejudice both during and after the two world wars, along with the Dachshund. Von Stephanitz cleverly marketed his breed as the ideal K-9 worker as modern livestock management took off and canine herding as a job declined.

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