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German Shepherd Dog


Other Names

German Shepherd, GSD, Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Deutscher Schaferhund

History

Originated in Germany from a mix of herding and farm dogs. They were bred to herd sheep and protect farm animals from predators. German Shepherds came to America in the early 1900s.

Appearance

Large sized, strong and muscular body, alert, well balanced, longer than tall, cleanly chiseled head

Color and Coat

There are many variations in color but the most common colors are black and tan. Medium double coat with dense and straight outer hair.

AKC Group

Herding

Height

21-26 inches

Weight

50-90 lbs

Activity Level

High

Tempermant

Fearless, family companion, self confident, approachable, willing to serve

Other Facts

The German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds in the United States. They are highly intelligent and often used as police dogs, guard and military dogs. German Shepherds have a great sense of smell. One of the most famous German Shepherds was Rin Tin Tin from the 1920s who now has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
 
User Comments:

 

Dog Comment
Heard they were great family dogs, looking to get one soon.
Posted by: Jake on 3/5/2011 4:18:21 PM
 
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