German Shepherd – Friend and helper of man
When people think of the German Shepherd, at first glance they see an impressive animal that hunts criminals, sniffs out drugs or tends to sheep in the country. However, in fact, the German Shepherd is the prototype of the working dog. But this four-legged friend has a lot more to offer in terms of versatility than first meets the eye.
A classic around the world
Their name instantly answers the questions of origin: the breed of German Shepherd goes back to herding dogs, which not only had to keep an eye on the sheep, but also guard the shepherd's property. Archetypes of the German shepherd have been documented since the 7th century. They were bred from short-haired herding dogs and the first recognised German Shepherd was noted in 1891. The progenitor of the modern breed was called "Horand von Grafrath", the breeding goal was a robust and intelligent working dog, and ideals of beauty were initially secondary. Since then, the German Shepherd has become one of the most recognised and sought after dogs around the world used in many different capacities.
Nature and character of the German Shepherd
Everything a professional working dog needs is created through the nature of the German Shepherd. Their high level of intelligence makes them eager to learn, obedient and compliant. As an attentive, strong-tempered and confident animal, a German Shepherd is ideally suited as a guard dog, but also if you choose one as a companion or family dog, you can’t go wrong. A balanced German Shepherd is at ease, benign and goes through thick and thin with you. their loyalty to their man is unshakable. They also appreciate the company of their own kind and are well tolerated by all breeds if there is sufficient socialization.
Education and keeping of the German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is not a beginner dog as you should know how to be completely consistent in their upbringing and everyday dealings. They must know who is in charge, otherwise, the dog can be prone to act out and have dominance over you. The problems don’t stop here if not educated properly, as it lies not only in their strength and size but also their willingness to learn. Shepherd dogs work best with patience, empathy, praise and treats. Of course, a well-behaved German Shepherd needs a lot of exercise whatever the weather. Their enormous enthusiasm for work has opened up a diverse field of activity as a guard and guard dog, assistance dog and tracker. They are still a classic among herding dogs. If you keep the German Shepherd as a leisure dog, use their talents for stimulating employment. If trained well they will stay happy, playful and helpful their whole life.
Grooming the German Shepherd
Depending on the length, grooming is quite simple. Brush and comb your German Shepherd regularly and occasionally use a trimmer for a corrective cut. Pay particular attention to the dental care of your four-legged friend. Ideally, the bit should be cleaned daily – They should at least always have dental chewing gum available to prevent build up of tartare. Due to their size and overbreeding, German Shepherds tend to have problems with hip and elbow joints.
- Breed: German Shepherd
- Origin: Germany
- Classification: Herding and cattle dogs
- Size: Male 60-65cm shoulder height. Female 55-60cm shoulder height
- Weight: Male 30-40kg. Female 22-34kg
- Anatomy: Muscular, longer than tall, sloping tail scissor bite
- Eyes: Almond shaped, dark, slightly slanted
- Ears: Standing ears, slightly inclined forward
- Fur and Colour: Rough haired, straight or long haired, monochrome black, grey, red-yellow
- Particularities: After WW1 the breed was led in English-speaking countries as the Alsatian
- Character: Attentive, intelligent and eager to learn, confident, balanced with strong nerves
- Maintenance: Regularly comb, brush, occasionally trim, clean teeth