The ancestor of this truly unique breed is the German baron Max von Stefanitz, who bred these versatile dogs in the 19th century. The German Shepherd is tremendously prized around the world for its versatility, ability to be a great friend and total dedication. In addition, this dog will forever remain in history as the first dog to be used as a guide for the blind. It is not for nothing that today the German Shepherd remains the most popular dog breed in the world.
Dogs of this breed have simply classic beauty and a truly incredible level of intelligence. They can adapt to almost any environment, are energetic, curious, strong, and very reliable. They have great looks combined with extreme agility, stamina and stamina.
Like all members of the herding group, the German Shepherd is fearless, courageous, diligent, and considerate. The owners have long been able to appreciate the loyalty, deep dedication and courage of this dog. This shepherd dog really needs constant interaction and constant communication with a person, and is very bored alone. Dogs of this breed are extremely wary of strangers. They get along very well with animals and other dogs that grew up with them in the same house. The German Shepherd often tries to implement its herding instinct on everyone and everything that moves within its reach. It is not recommended to get this dog for beginners, apathetic people, or people with a sedentary lifestyle.
Wool and care
In the German Shepherd, the fur coat consists of two words of wool. The outer layer is rough, straight and thick. The undercoat is dense and soft. The color can be very diverse: black and tan, black with cream, black with silver, pure black, sable. There are three types of German Shepherd Dogs by coat length: wire-haired, long-haired, and long-haired. Shedding is almost continuous with active hair loss during the season. In order to minimize hair loss, you should brush your dog daily with a stiff brush. In order not to violate the natural protective properties of the coat, you can bathe the German Shepherd Dog only in case of urgent need, using a mild shampoo. The most common conditions are elbow and hip dysplasia, epilepsy, flea allergies, digestive problems and chronic eczema.
The German Shepherd Dog requires early intensive and extensive socialization and obedience training. It is not recommended to apply rough or arbitrary methods of education to this breed. The German Shepherd Dog has extraordinary intelligence and learns everything very quickly. Training should be conducted on the basis of respect for the dog, firmness, fairness, timely reward and consistency. The German Shepherd Dog is great on the trail, excels in Schutzhund, Agility, Obedience, Flyball and any other dog competition. It is often used in police work, search and rescue, military service and as a guide dog.
Dogs of this breed are extremely willing to take on any job. They need constant training, and besides, they get great pleasure from walks with the owner on a leash, all kinds of family activities and free walks in a safe or securely fenced place. The German Shepherd is an excellent breed for keeping in a city apartment or condominium.