Country of Origin: Germany
History: The German Shepherd dog is descended from old farm and herding dogs. A fairly new breed, it was developed in the early part of the twentieth centuryfor herding and police and military use. It has been used as a guide and search and rescue dog and is a popular companion in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Physical Description: The GSD is a large, muscular dog that is longer than it is tall. It has prick ears; a black nose; and dark, almond shaped eyes. The neck is long and strong and the back slopes to the tail. The tail is set low and curves up slightly. The double coat has a short dense undercoat and a straight, full outer coat, which may be slightly wavy. There is longer hair at the neck and thighs. The coat comes in a variety of colors, although some registries will not accept white dogs.
Height: 22 to 26 inches
Weight: 60 to 140 pounds
Termperament: The GSD is a self-confident, even-tempered dog. It is affectionate and playful with its friends and family but reserved with strangers, although it warms up quickly. It is intelligent and highly trainable. The GSD is good with children and with most animals.
Activity Level: High
Best Owner: The GSD can adapt to city, suburban, or rural life. It does best with an active family or individual who will provide it with ample exercise.
Special Needs: Exercise, socialization, training.
Possible Health Concerns: Bloat, epilepsy, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, hip and elbow dysplasia, panostetis.
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