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12 Interesting Facts About the German Shepherds

German Shepherd Dog is among the most popular breeds in the world. German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is originated in Germany in the year 1899. They are considered as of the smartest breeds in the world. German Shepard is a common name for German Shepherd Dog and is also known as Alsatian.

Interesting Facts about German Shepherd Dogs
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The German Shepherd Dog is a medium to large-sized breed well known for its beauty, and skills. They are widely used for scouting and security. Their tough physique and high intelligence make them ideal for a variety of roles such as disability assistance, search-and-rescue, police and military roles, and acting.

A German shepherd is quite active and likes to have something to do. They need jobs, challenging ones, to thrive. People love to have German Shepard as their family pet for its beauty and loyal nature.

Interesting German Shepherd Facts

1. Most Popular Breed

Undoubtedly, German Shepherd Dog is among the most popular breed in the world. It ranks number 2 out of 193 breeds recognized by the AKC and has been consistently ranked in the Top 5 breeds over the past few years. It is the most registered dog breed around the world after Labrador Retriever. It is smart and very easy to train. German Shepard dogs are often used as working dogs. Dog lovers adore the loyal nature of this breed as it makes them fantastic pets.

2. Max von Stephanitz is known as the father of GSD

The first German Shepherd was not born until 1889 and was bred by a dog breeder called Max von Stephanitz. He is known as the father of German Shepherd Dogs. In 1899, breeder Max von Stephanitz took notice of a wolf-like dog with black and yellow markings at Dog show in Western Germany.

He was greatly impressed by the dog’s intelligence and loyalty. He started the German Shepherd Dog Club and set up guidelines for the breed’s standard. He then began to standardize a breed of shepherd dogs. Max von Stephanitz is the reason the German Shepherd is used worldwide as a world-class working dog.

3. They are Very Smart

GSD are best known for their intelligence. German Shepherd Dog ranked Number 3, out of 138 breeds. Dogs within this rank were found to need less than 5 repetitions of a new command before they understood it. They follow the first command given to them 95 per cent of the time. Because of their high-level intelligence, they are suitable for various jobs such as search and rescue, military and police jobs, and acting.

4. A Great Beauty

The German Shepherd is a well-proportioned dog. Head is broad, the nose is most often black, and the tail is bushy. Ears are large and stand erect. Their coat is thick and rough and comes in a range of colours. They come in colours such as Black and tan, sable, all black and all white. Everyone loves to have German Shepherd as their pet for its beauty.

5. GSD has Many Names

German Shepherd dog is most commonly referred to as the German Shepherd. The word dog is included in the name to distinguish the dog from humans who work as shepherds in Germany. In Germany, the country of its origin, the dog is called a Deutscher Shaferhund. In England and Ireland, the dog is referred to as an Alsatian. Sometimes, it is also referred to as Berger Allemand.

6. German Shepherds Were Used in WWI and WWII

German Shepherds have been used in a variety of working capacities throughout history. They were used by armed forces in World War I. They were used both by German forces and allied forces.

The military trained the German Shepherds on how to parachute from an aircraft. The high level of intelligence made it most suitable for military services. The dog also served as an anti-tank weapon, messenger, explosive detection, and search and rescue.

7. The large Dog Breed

German Shepherd Dog is classified as a large dog breed. They are very muscular and have a great physique. The average adult male weighs around 66 to 88 pounds, while the female weighs around 49 to 70 pounds. The male attains a height of around 24 to 26 inches and females around 22 to 24 inches. They have a life span of between 9 and 13 years.

8. Commonly Used as a Police Dog

German shepherd dogs are loyal, intelligent, and brave. They also have a good sense of smell. These traits make them ideal for police roles within the police force. German shepherds are used for tracking criminals, search and rescue missions, detecting explosives, searching for drugs, and cadaver searching.

9. The German Shepherd has a Powerful Bite

The German Shepherd’s bite can be brutal and inflict severe injuries. German shepherds bite has a force of around 1600 newtons. Sometimes the bite can be so brutal that it might require surgery.

10. Known for its Love and Loyalty

German shepherd loves their owner but aren’t much friendly with the strangers. However, with proper training and socialization, they can be taught how to act nice around new people. This the reason why properly trained and socialized German Shepherd isn’t aggressive with strangers. They can do anything for their owners.

Even GSD pets who have no formal training love to protect, and sometimes even rescue, their owners. Loyalty is in their blood. A German Shepherd called Rambo saved his owner’s life when he was struck by lightning. Rambo lost his life protecting Hardman. German Shepherd doesn’t hesitate to protect its owner. German Shepherd Dogs are unwaveringly loyal to their owners.

11. German Shepherd has Five Varieties

These were first bred by Max von Stephanitz in 1989, since then there are five varieties of a German Shepherd. These five verities are classified as the White German Shepherd, Sable German Shepherd, Panda German Shepherd, addle coat German Shepherd and Black German Shepherd. There are 11 recognized colours of German Shepherd within these five varieties tan and black being the most common colour.

12. German Shepherds are Featured in Various Films

Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepherd rescued by US Army during WW I.The rescuer trained that dog to work in films. Rin Tin Tin starred in 27 movies.

Rin Tin Tin was considered as the biggest star of the breed. Rin Tin Tin died in 1932 at the age of 14. Strongheart is another German shepherd who was originally trained as a police dog. Strongheart starred in six films and died in 1929 from an accident in the film studio.

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(Last Updated On: June 29, 2020)