Today, We’re going to talk about the German Shepherd also known as Alsatians in Britain. The story of the German Shepherd dates back to 1890, when Cavalry Captain max Frederick Von stephanitz began to follow his dream of developing a working breed.
In 1899 this Cavalry Captain found Hector in a dog show. The dog that would become the founder of the breed.
Their beautiful appearance, incomparable character and great intelligence have let the German Shepherd to be one of the most popular dogs of all time. They stands out by having a wide and wedge shaped head- their most distinctive feature and the one that catches the most attention.
In the upper part of their heads, is the medium sized ears which are erect and pointed.
The Height and the width is 62 – 65 cm for the males and 65 – 70 cm for females.
Their tail is long and can reach the Hulk when it hangs at rest. According to the official standard of the German Shepherd, the coat corresponds to a double layer with internal fur. The outer fur is usually dense, straight Hard and well attached to their body. Among the colors of the German Shepherd we find:
Black and tan
Gray in various shades.
The character of the German Shepherd is balanced, confidence and reliable. The courage of these dogs is legendary as is their defence instinct. But courage and defense are not the same as aggresiveness in the face of danger. Although, the German Shepherd tends to be somewhat distrustful of strangers, they are not an aggressive dog breed by Nature. On the contrary, they tend to be alert but do not attack without reason. The German Shepherd is an easy dog to train and reaches their full potential through positive reinforcement. They are excellent companions for any family that gives them good care and attention. It is not a job that can spend long hours alone, it needs a life partner to stimulate them constantly. German Shepherds can adapt to living in an apartment, but they need lots of exercise and long walks. They are agile and active and need to exercise their muscles Outdoors.
A small garden can help but it should never replace the walks and play sections. Practising any form of canine sport such as agility can help maintain the dog’s health. The training of the dog is also important to help develop the intellectual capacity of the dog. It is not very difficult to keep the coat of the German Shepherd in good condition as it does not require special cuts. However, this breed sheds fur alot so daily brushing is important. Bathing should not be very frequent because it damages the natural protection of their hair. Every month and a half or every two months will be enough.
German Shepherds are excellent dogs for work education and obedience. Their natural predisposition and great intelligence make it inevitable for us to want to discover and explore their abilities. As with existing dog breed, the puppies education have a major impact on the future adult German Shepherd. This is why it will be essential to work quickly in the development of the dog. Socialization, stimulation of the senses and intelligence games. A good education will help avoid the appearance of behavioral problems. in the adult stage, it will be basic to train obedience and tricks in a very regular way to keep the dog mentally healthy. It is very important to consider this point before adopting a German Shepherd We are facing a very intelligent dog that should be able to enjoy an adequate life. In their Education and Training, we must include many environmental enrichment sessions that are all based on positive reinforcement. Unfortunately, the great popularity of the breed has led to the indiscriminate breeding of German Shepherds with purely commercial purposes.
This procedure has had a negative impact on the breed therefore the German Shepherd is prone to some hereditary diseases such as
Inflammation of the cornea
Visiting the vets every 6 months, deworming them and following their vaccination schedule will ensure you will be able to enjoy them for a long time
Their current life expectancy is around 13 years.