The German Shepherd

 

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Country of Origin: Germany

This dog breed is also known as the Alsatian and Deutscher Schaferhund.

Group: Herding. UKC/AKC

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History: The German Shepherd breed are descended from herding dogs.This fairly new breed was developed in the early part of the 20th century specifically for herding and police-military use.The German Shepherd has been used  as guide dogs as well as search and rescue and is one of the most popular breeds in the world.

Description: Apart from being so intelligent and loyal, this breed is a large ,muscular dog .With a long, strong neck, the back slopes to the tail.Tail is low and curves up ever so slightly.Hair is longer by the neck and thighs.Carrying a most beautiful coat, the German Shepherd comes in black and tan,black and red, solid black, and sables of varying shades,

White Shepherds have been bred from the beginning, the white Shepherd is not accepted in the show ring by many registries.

Height: 22-26 inches

Weight:60-90 pounds

Temperament: This breed is one of the most dedicated, sensitive and intelligent breeds around.Although protective of family and home,the Shepherd thrives on attention,training and play.Great with children , however may be difficult with smaller dogs.This breed needs training, exercise, mental stimulation and affection.

Activity Level: High

Special Needs: Lots of exercise, plenty of positive training from the puppy stage onwards, healthy diet with plenty of “live greens” and proteins- fish, poultry, meats- brown rice, quinoa.

The German Shepherd suffers from bloat and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.

Also other common ailments-hip and elbow dysplasia, panostetis, epilepsy.

German Shepherd Dog Rescue

Best Friends Animal Society:

German Shepherd AKC

 

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