The German Shepherd Dog is one of America’s most popular dog breeds — for good reason.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about German Shepherd.
In 1889, breeder Max von Stephanitz noticed a wolf-like dog with yellow and black markings at a dog show in western Germany. Impressed by the pooch’s intelligence and discipline, the breeder purchased the dog and changed its name from from Hektor Linksrhein to Horand von Grafrath. Von Stephanitz then started the German Shepherd Dog Club and set up guidelines for the breed’s standard. His motto for the breed was "utility and intelligence"; good looks came second.
2) Working Breed
Ask any GSD owner what sets the breed apart and most will give you one answer: work ethic. They need jobs, challenging ones, to thrive. They are like those treasured employees, the ones who always volunteer, always hit deadlines, and always gives you the highest quality you can imagine. Their energy level has been described as "volcanic," with generations of ancestors whose were used to working all day, herding and guarding livestock in all kinds of weather. That's why these dogs are favored for all the toughest jobs, from herding, to apprehending criminals, to searching smoking rubble for disaster survivors.
Strong protective instincts are a hallmark of the breed. Their people are sacred and they'll do whatever it takes to keep them safe. It's important that these dogs have proper socialization and training, starting when they are puppies, to make sure that they grow up comfortable around strangers and don't see threats where none exists. In fact, in the early 1900s, a sport was developed to test this trait in GSDs, known by its German name, Schutzhund. In English, that means "Protection Dog."
Back flips, yoga poses, balancing on a human shoulders—these are puppy play for a GSD. In fact, one managed to learn 100 tricks by her first birthday. With proper training, there's very little a GSD can't, or won't, do.
GSDs are among the most beautiful breeds, with a variety of colors and coat types. The powerful body, dark muzzle, intelligent eyes, and a head that should appear, according to the breed standard, "noble, cleanly chiseled, strong without coarseness" come together into a lovely package. And then, of course, there are those ears, large, pointed, and standing up and parallel to each other, the very image of a creature always ready for action. But not always. Where ears are concerned, German Shepherds offer people the best of all worlds. As puppies, their ears are floppy down, giving them a brief moment of goofiness before they grow up into their serious, important adult roles.
6) Huge Popularity
The GSD is the second most registered dog in the United States. This is most likely due impart to the breeds diversity – they are popular as family, guard, performance, show, police, military, and service dogs. There isn’t much this dog can’t do.
German Shepherds LOVE to play and are extremely active. They need a lot of walking and exercise to keep them occupied. They are ideally suited to someone who walks a lot or who has a very active lifestyle.
8) They are Brave
There are so many heroic GSDs in the breed’s history that you cannot possibly name them all. But Filax of Lewanno was honored at Westminster in 1917 for bringing 54 wounded soldiers to safety in WW1.
While many people think the GSD only comes in the familiar black & tan, black, or white, the AKC actually recognizes eleven colors—the ones mention about as well as: bi-color, black, black & cream, black & red, black & silver, blue, gray, liver and sable.
10) Smart Dogs
German Shepherds are known for their intelligence, and with good reason: They’re considered the third smartest breed of dog. To be placed in the top tier of intelligence, breeds must understand a new command after only five repetitions and follow the first command given to them 95 percent of the time.