German Shepherds

Selection for what eventually became the German Shepherd started 1895.

History credits Artur Meyer and Von Stephanitz as the "creators" of the breed,
which was marketed as being very adaptable, very trainable and imbued with a deep
desire to defend its master with unyielding loyalty.

For the most part, that's a good way to describe a German Shepherd's character.

First registered in 1908, German Dhepherd (a.k.a. The German Shepherd Dog) is perhaps the most popular breed of dog in the world, and it is indeed known for loyalty to its owner and family.

Dogs from this breed are often employed as guard dogs, in law enforcement roles and as the essential custodians of family property. They have a highly developed sense of smell (enabling them to find illegal drugs, ammunition and criminals), which is one of the reasons they are often part and parcel with law enforcement agencies around the world.

German Shephers are known for their devotion and sacrifice for the family that cares for them. They protect their owners even if it means risking their lives, while being disciplined, smart, playful, and wary of strangers (interestingly, German Shepherds generally do not attack children - they are mostly hostile to adult strangers). They tend to be patient, adaptable and radiate confidence and self esteem.

They have a "sanguine" type of nervous system - strong and balanced - although of course this is not always the case - some dogs are tend towards a more "choleric" type of nervous system - they strong but unbalanced, although this lack of balance does not genreally represent any sort of danger for the owners. The dogs of the breed have a character that binds them strongly with their human family.

Because German Shepherds shed a lot, this breed is not very suitable for people who suffer from allergies. The life expectancy of a the German shepherd is around 12 years. Common health problems associated with German Shephers include spinal problems, swelling, HD, OCD, epilepsy, pancreatic problems, and eye problems. When getting a puppy, be sure that both of its parents have OFA and CERF certificates.