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The German Shepherd Breed:

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German is a Domain dedicated to the German Shepherd breed that is so admired and much loved throughout the world. Being German shepherd owners for the last 33 years we have a great deal of experience with the breed and wish to share our experience with you from the challenges of bringing up a pup to curing behavioural problems.

The German Shepherd (GSD) or as some term them the 'Alsatian' (To a German shepherd owner that name usually doesn't sit well but some tend to still use it) and of course in German 'Deutscher Schäferhund' is a large breed of dog that originated from Gemany. Its origins date back to 1899 which in all honesty makes the GSD a relatively new breed in the Dog world. The German shepherd has become one of the most saught after breeds due to it's fine attributes, intelligence, trainability and beauty.

I remember our first girl at the age of three years old, she was gorgeous, my best friend, my parents had a friend who was a Police dog handler and he often brought round his big male dog who was massive to me at the time and he had me in awe. It was during those early years that my love for the breed grew, truly lovely dogs. Seeing the other side of them when working is a site to behold, seeing the Shutzhund trials and Police and forces exhibitions shows the breeds true qualities as an athletic and courageous breed of dog. for Forex trading, training and education, the stocks, shares and options directory.

If you are thinking of a large breed and have a family or just want a wonderful companion then the German shepherd is in my opinion the most adaptable and rewarding of breeds.

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The breed as we know it today was founded at the very end of the 1800s and a German cavalry captain, Max von Stephanitz, has been credited with its development. A group of people led by him promoted the Shepherd for 35 years to bring it to a position of respect. As demand for German Shepherds as herding dogs diminished, Stephanitz encouraged their use by police and the military, and in the First World War alone, 48,000 were enlisted in the German army. (copyright of the UK Kennel Club)

  Bred to be a working dog and has its place in the Herding group. The German Shepherd was initially bred for the herding and guarding of Sheep initially. Because of its strength, intelligence and abilities and prowess in obedience training it is often employed by the police, military and search and rescue services performing roles around the world.

Dino at 9 weeks, his full name is Dino du Domaine du val d'Aulnoy, he is son of the great multi European champion Texane du domaine du val d'Aulnoy and the world junior champion Godalis Tino.

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Renowned for their courage, their loyalty and protective nature, the German Sheps are one of man's truly respected, close and best friends.

When the UK Kennel Club first accepted registrations for the breed in 1919, a total of 54 dogs were registered, and by 1926 this number had grown to over 8,000. A very substantial increase. The breed first gained international recognition during the decline of World War 1.

Soldiers that returned spoke so highly of the breed, some keeping them as personal Dogs. The first German Shepherd Dog registered in the United States was called the 'Queen of Switzerland'. Unfortunately she had problems with her her progeny as many suffered from problems as the result of poor breeding practices. This caused the breed to suffer a major decline in popularity during the late 1920s.

The german Shepherd deserved to be handled correctly as such a beautiful and special Breed. The GSD bounced back and increased in numbers again when the German Shepherd Sieger Pfeffer von Bern became the 1937 and 1938 Grand Victor in American Kennel club dog shows.

There was another significant decline at the conclusion of World War II. This was due to the Anti-German sentiment of the time. Gradually over time their popularity increased again gradually until 1993, when they became the third most popular breed in the United States.

In 2009, the breed was the second most popular in the North America. They have athletic physique and are very good at competition. They commonly compete in shows and competitions such as agility trials around the world such as Schutzhund Sieger Shows.

German Shepherds are a large sized dog which generally are between 55 and 65 cms (22 and 26 in) at the withers and weigh between 22 and 40 kgs (49 and 88 lb). The ideal height is 63 cms (25 in), according to Kennel Club standards. They have a domed forehead, a long square cut muzzle and a black nose. They have strong jaws, with a scissor like bite.

Medium sized eyes, brown with a lively, intelligent, and self-assured look. Large ears that stand erect, open at the front and parallel, but they often are pulled back during movement. Long neck, which is raised when excited and lowered when moving at a fast pace. A bushy tail that reaches to the hock.

German Shepherds can be a multitude of colours, the most common of which are the red, tan, brown, black, tan/black and red/black varieties. Both varieties have black masks and black body markings which can range from a classic "saddle" to an over-all "blanket." Rarer colour variations include the sable, all-black, all-white, liver, and blue varieties. The all black and sable varieties are acceptable according to most standards; however, the blue and liver are considered to be serious faults and the all white is grounds for instant disqualification in some standards. Not everyone is concerned with the standrds so will opt for all black, all white, blue and liver varities.

Matty my boy is a fine example of the breed, the above photo is of Matty at 9 weeks, a very young pup back then.His father is  a beautiful competition and stud dog Tox vom Moorbeck, his grandfather Larus von Batu being the 2x World champion and his other grandfather the famous Quenn vom Loher Wegg, himself reaching the top 4 in the world over a number of years. It is important when choosing your Gsd puppy to research blood lines and look into hip scoring. Supporting less professional breeders can lead to a bad genetic gene pool. I recommend the German Shepherd pedigree database and forum as a good place to start on your hunt for your best friend. If you are interested in either Matty's or Dino's bloodlines then enter their names into the database for bloodlines.

German Shepherds have a double coat. The outer coat, which is shed all year round, is close and dense with a thick undercoat. The coat is accepted in two variants; medium and long. The long hair gene is recessive, making the long hair variety rarer. Treatment of the long-hair variation differs across standards; they are accepted under the German and UK Kennel Clubs but are considered a fault in the American Kennel Club.

German Shepherds were bred specifically for their intelligence, a trait for which they are now renowned. They are considered to be the third most intelligent breed of dog, behind Border Collies and Poodles although many would argue they come top of the list. In the book The Intelligence of Dogs, written by Stanley Coren ranked the breed third for intelligence. He found that they had the ability to learn simple tasks after only five repetitions and obeyed the first command given 95% of the time. Coupled with their strength, this trait makes the breed desirable as police, guard, and search and rescue dogs, as they are able to quickly learn various tasks and interpret instructions better than other large breeds.

German Shepherd Dogs are among the top five most popular dogs in the United States according to American Kennel Club statistics and well trained and socialized German Shepherd Dogs have a reputation among many as being very safe. 

German Shepherds are highly active dogs, and described in breed standards as self assured. The breed has a willingness to learn and an eagerness to have a purpose. Shepherds have a loyal nature and bond well with people they know. However, they can become over-protective of their family and territory, especially if not socialized correctly. They are not inclined to become immediate friends with strangers, would take a bit of time to socialize them.

German Shepherds are highly intelligent and obedient. Some people believe they require a "firm hand", but more recent research into training methods has shown they respond better to positive, reward based training methods. They are a lovely caring breed and seem to know how we are feeling. If we are low they come and comfot us, if we are high they want to be part of our excitement too.

Many common ailments of the German Shepherds are a result of the inbreeding required early in the breed's life. One such common issue is hip and elbow dysplasia which may lead to the dog experiencing pain in later life, and may cause arthritis. A study by the University of Zurich in police working dogs found that 45% were affected by degenerative spinal stenosis, although the sample studied was small. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals found that 19.1% of German Shepherds are affected by hip dysplasia. Due to the large and open nature of their ears, Shepherds are prone to ear infections. German Shepherds, like all large bodied dogs, are prone to bloat.

  The average lifespan of a German Shepherd is 10 years, which is normal for a dog of their size. Degenerative myelopathy, a neurological disease, occurs with enough regularity specifically in the breed to suggest that the breed is predisposed to it. Additionally, German Shepherd Dogs have a higher than normal incidence of Von Willebrand Disease, a common inherited bleeding disorder.

German Shepherds are a very popular selection for use as working dogs. They are especially well known for their police work, being used for tracking criminals, patrolling troubled areas, and detection and holding of suspects. German Shepherds have been used by the military. Usually trained for scout duty, they are used to warn soldiers to the presence of enemies or of booby traps or other hazards. German Shepherds have also been trained by military groups to parachute from aircraft, an airborne division of dags.

German Shepherds are one of the most widely used breeds in a wide variety of scent work roles. These include search and rescue, cadaver searching, narcotics detection, explosives detection, accelerant detection, and mine detection dog, among others. They are suited for these lines of work because of their keen sense of smell and their ability to work regardless of distractions.

German Shepherd Dogs were once the breed chosen almost exclusively to be used as a guide dog for the visually impaired. In recent years, Labradors and Golden Retrievers have been more widely used for this purpose, although German Shepherds are still being trained. A versatile breed, they excel in this field due to their strong sense of duty, their mental abilities, their fearlessness, and their attachment to their owner.

German Shepherd Dogs are used for herding and tending sheep grazing in meadows next to gardens and crop fields. They are expected to patrol the boundaries to keep sheep from trespassing and damaging the crops. In Germany and other places these skills are tested in utility dog trials also known as HGH in german Herdengebrauchshund herding utility dog trials.

 The pictures above and on the site are our personal Dogs Dino Du Domaine Du Val D'Aulnoy and Matty vom Moorbeck. These photos are copyright of GermanSheps.Net

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