German Shepherd Dogs are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They have been used for hunting since ancient times and they were even used during World War II to guard convoys and transport troops. Today, these dogs are still used in various ways including guarding farms, working with children or performing other tasks.
The German Shepherd Dog was originally bred from the Doberman Pinscher. These two dogs share many characteristics such as their large size, strong build, long legs and powerful jaws. However, the breed has evolved over time to become a versatile dog that can do almost anything well.
They are very loyal and loving animals which makes them ideal companions for families. They are also intelligent and highly trainable.
There are several different varieties of German Shepherds but the most common variety is called the Standard Poodle. These dogs have medium length hair, a short coat with some white showing at the tips and black markings around their eyes. Their coats tend to be dense so they need plenty of grooming to keep it looking good. These dogs usually weigh between 25–35 pounds (11–16 kg).
The Poodle Dog is a close relative of the German Shepherd and was originally bred from the German Hunting Dog. They are very similar to the German Shepherd in many ways but they are slightly smaller with thicker coats. The Poodle Dog comes in three different sizes and their coats come in a wide range of colors. These dogs are very active and enjoy long walks or energetic play sessions. These dogs generally weigh between 15 pounds (7 kg) and 25 pounds (11 kg).
The Rottweiler is a large dog with a powerful body and strong jaw. The original job of this dog is to herd livestock and pull carts but today they are used as guard dogs, police dogs and search and rescue dogs. These dogs weigh between 88 pounds (40 kg) and 132 pounds (60 kg).
The Doberman Pinscher is a medium sized dog with a muscular build. They were originally bred for protecting families and their property. They are quick and active dogs that need plenty of exercise. These dogs weigh between 66 pounds (30 kg) and 110 pounds (50 kg).
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a large dog that was bred to help hunters find and shoot game. These dogs are very active and need plenty of space to run around in. They generally weigh between 72 pounds (32 kg) and 88 pounds (40 kg).
The German Spitz is a small dog with a thick coat and furry eyebrows. They were originally used as watchdogs on trains in Germany. Today, they are still very protective dogs that weigh between 11 pounds (5 kg) and 18 pounds (8 kg).
The Belgian Shepherd is a very intelligent working dog that needs a lot of exercise to stay healthy. These dogs are generally either black or brown and weigh between 55 pounds (25 kg) and 88 pounds (40 kg).
Did You Know…
A female German Shepherd is called a ‘bitch’ and a male is called a ‘dog’.
The German Shepherd is the most common breed of police dog in the United States.
The German Shepherd has been included in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Herding Group since 1908.
An adult male German Shepherd can weigh between 66 pounds (30 kg) and 132 pounds (60 kg).
The German Shepherd is included in the AKC’s Working Group.
A German Shepherd can live between 10 and 12 years.
The word ‘shepherd’ comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon word “sceaphyrde” meaning sheep keeper and herdsman.
German Shepherds have been trained by the military to perform many different duties including sentry duty, mine detection and message delivery.
The First German Shepherd Dog Club of America was formed in 1907.
The German Shepherd Dog is the most popular breed of dog in the United States.
In 1930, a female German Shepherd named Jolly became the first dog to sail over the North Pole.
In 1934, a female German Shepherd named Prinzess Vicky became the first dog to swim under ice in Antarctica.
In 1938, a female German Shepherd named Balto was the lead dog of a team that trekked through the Alaskan wilderness to bring much needed diphtheria medication to Nome.
During World War II, many German Shepherds served on the front lines as messenger, scout and sentry dogs.
The most famous war dog was a German Shepherd named Lufti that served in the Italian Campaign. He saved his platoon from a surprise attack by barking furiously and charging the enemy.
The most decorated war dog was a German Shepherd named Chips. He saved his platoon from a series of land mines by detecting them with his keen sense of smell. He was wounded twice, but went on to complete more than 40 combat missions.
In the 1960s, a German Shepherd named Hilda was the only survivor of an avalanche that struck her expedition in the Swiss Alps. She dug herself out and walked 28 miles to find help.
In 1963, a female German Shepherd named Capistrano was the first dog to fly in outer space.
In 1983, a male German Shepherd named Beltran became one of the first animals to be sent into space under NASA’s new space shuttle program.
In 2008, a female German Shepherd named Bonny became the first dog to pass an obstacle course designed to test the mobility of future astronaut dogs.
In 2011, a male German Shepherd named Briard became one of two dogs to pass an obstacle course designed to test the mobility of future astronaut dogs.
In 2012, a female German Shepherd named Karo became one of two dogs to pass an obstacle course designed to test the mobility of future astronaut dogs.
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