German Shepherds are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world. They have been used since ancient times as guard dogs, herding dogs, hunting dogs and even war dogs. Today they are still being used today for these purposes. They were originally bred from wolves but later on other types were developed such as the miniature pups called “puppies” or “cubs”. German shepherds are known for their loyalty, courage and strength. They are loyal companions and will protect their masters with their life.
Fun German Shepherd Dog Facts To Amaze Your Friends:
1) The word “Germans” comes from the old English words “german” meaning wolf or wolfhound and “schweinhund”, which means small dog.
2) There are over 1 million registered German Shepherds in the United States alone!
3) Some say that the name “Shepherd” came from the fact that they were once used as guard dogs for kings and nobles.
However, it may have come from the fact that they were originally bred to hunt wild boar and hare. When those animals became scarce, they were then used as guards instead.
4) A typical German Shepherd weighs between 15 – 25 pounds (7-12 kg).
5) German Shepherds can see colors at night, which is why they are used so often as police dogs.
6) It takes about 3 years for a german shepherd to grow from a cute little puppy to their full grown size.
7) They are very clean dogs and have been known to become ill if they’ve been muddied or gotten dirty in the same place as their bathroom.
This makes them ill because they will only pee or poop in a place that is extremely clean.
8) They are said to be one of the smartest and most trainable breeds of dog.
9) The German Shepherd has been known by many other names in different countries and times, for example: Alsatian Wolf Dog, Cathedral Dog, German Hunting Dog, Deutch Dog, and possibly many more that have been lost to time.
10) The average litter size is anywhere from 4-8 puppies.
11) The parents of the dog do not participate in the raising of their young, they are instead looked after by a dedicated “shelter” that protects them and keeps them safe until they are old enough to fend for themselves.
12) German Shepherds can either have long or medium size coats. They require brushing at least once every week and need to be bathed regularly as well.
13) These dogs are very powerful and strong, and can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) when they run, jump and sprint. They are also known to be able to leap 6 feet (1.8 m) straight up into the air!
14) German Shepherds are one of the most adaptable breed of dogs. They can survive in either extremely hot or cold temperatures.
15) These dogs are known to be able to sprint extremely long distances without having to stop for a rest. They can maintain top speeds of at least 56 kilometers (35 miles) per hour, and can keep going at that pace for at least 40 minutes before having to stop.
16) The German Shepherd is the most widely used dog in the world, especially by police and military organizations.
17) German Shepherds have a great sense of smell which is part of the reason why they are used so often to track people and things as well as scenting. They are also used when hunting because of their keen sense of smell!
18) A german shepherd’s intelligence has also been known to save their lives on more than one occasion.
19) This breed of dog has been known to be resourceful. In other words, they have even opened closed windows in order to escape from danger!
20) The average life span of the German Shepherd is 10-12 years.
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