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German Shepherd Dog Breed

The German Shepherd dog is also commonly known as Alsatian, and in its native Germany, it is called “Deutscher Schaferhund”. The short-coated working breed was developed by Max Von Stephanitz from mixing a variety of farm and herding dogs from the regions of Bavaria, Thurginia and Wertemberg. The result is a strong, intelligent and obedient herding dog that has since become popular worldwide.

A large-sized and muscular breed, the German Shepherd is well-proportioned, standing at a height of 22 to 26 inches and weighing 77 to 85 pounds. It has a sturdy and solid but light bone structure. They have a rounded forehead, the muzzle is long and cut square and the nose is typically black although sometimes blue or liver occurs. The eyes are dark and almond-shaped with a lively and intelligent expression. The ears are large, pointed and upright and the neck is long and muscular. Their tails are bushy and reaches almost to the hocks. All German Shepherd dogs have a double coat providing good protection all year round but there are three accepted varieties: the rough-coated, the long rough-coated and the long-haired. Typical and accepted colour is black with tan, sable or all black.

The German Shepherd is often used as a police and military dog as they have strong protective instincts and is considered one of the most intelligent and highly trainable breeds. Other talents include search and rescue, sheepdog, guide for the blind, and competitive activities such as tracking, obedience, agility, flyball and ring sport. As a family companion, the German Shepherd is very loyal and tends to form a strong bond with its owners. It can typically live up to 13 years.

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