The German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd Dog is intelligent and eager to please. They are extremely loyal and protective of their families, and suspicious of strangers, especially in the company of their masters. They are devoted and fearless. They have a high learning ability and are extremely responsive to training. If not properly socialized at an early age, they can be unruly due to a lack of self-confidence. The German Shepherd also excels in many dog activities including schutzhund, tracking, obedience, agility, flyball, and ring sport.
The German Shepherd is a breed of medium to large-sized working dog. The breed’s official name is German Shepherd Dog, also known as the Alsatian in Britain. The German Shepherd is a fairly new breed of dog, with their origin dating back to 1899. As part of the Herding Group German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding sheep. Because of their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience, German Shepherds around the world used for many types of work, including disability assistance , search and rescue police work and military roles, and even acting. The German Shepherd is the second-most popular breed of dog in the United States and fourth-most popular in the United Kingdom.
The German Shepherd Dog is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. They may also suffer from aortic Stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve, which may impede the flow of blood to the arteries. They may also have chronic eczema and flea allergies.
Interesting Fact: German Shepherd Dogs come in a variety of colors including white, liver and blue.
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