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German Shepherd Dog


The German Shepherd is a breed of medium to large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. The breed’s officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog in the English language, sometimes abbreviated as GSD.

The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, with their origin dating to 1899. German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding sheep. Since that time, however, because of their strength, intelligence, train ability, and obedience, German Shepherds around the world are often the preferred breed for many types of work, including disability assistance, search-and-rescue, police and military roles, and even acting. The German Shepherd is the second-most popular breed of dog in the United States and fourth-most popular in the United Kingdom.

The German Shepherd Dog is an intelligent and capable working dog. His devotion and courage are unmatched. And he’s amazingly versatile, excelling at most anything he’s trained to do: guide and assistance work for the handicapped, police and military service, herding, search and rescue, drug detection, competitive obedience and, last but not least, faithful companion.

General Appearance

The first impression of a good German Shepherd Dog is that of a strong, agile, well muscled animal, alert and full of life. It is well balanced, with harmonious development of the forequarter and hindquarter. The dog is longer than tall, deep-bodied, and presents an outline of smooth curves rather than angles. It looks substantial and not spindly, giving the impression, both at rest and in motion, of muscular fitness and nimbleness without any look of clumsiness or soft living. The ideal dog is stamped with a look of quality and nobility – difficult to define, but unmistakable when present. Secondary sex characteristics are strongly marked, and every animal gives a definite impression of masculinity or femininity, according to its sex.

Physical Characteristics Of GSD

The German Shepherd typically weighs between 75 to 95 pounds, placing it on the heavier end of dog breeds. It’s typically 22 to 26 inches in height.

Breed Group: Herding

Height: 22 to 26 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 75 – 95 pounds

Life Span: 10 to 13 years

Build: Medium sized, well balanced and muscular

Coat: Dense, straight harsh outer coat and dense, short, fine textured undercoat.

Color: GSD may be many colors but black and tan are most common.  Other colors include all black, black and red, gray, various shades of sable, white.

Eyes: Medium sized, almond shaped, dark colored.

Ears: Medium sized, set high and far apart, erect and firm

Tail: The tail is long and hangs in a slight curve when the dog is relaxed. When excited the tail will be raised and the curve somewhat accentuated.

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