Initially bred for herding, strength, intelligence and temperament.
Personalities can vary from calm and watchful/observant to energetic.
Enjoys participating in dog sports such as agility, tracking, flyball, and competitive obedience.
Eager to learn and responds well to reward-based training.
The German Shepherd Dog was originally bred for various purposes including the guarding of people and/or property. Individual members of this breed will benefit from firm and dedicated training to temper this guarding tendency, and thus help to maintain safety as a household companion.
Did You Know?
The German Shepherd has a really impressive résumé. Over the years, they’ve been guard dogs, guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, and much more.
Though initially bred for herding, their strength, intelligence and temperament have made them invaluable in all kinds of roles.
They were famously used as German police and military animals during both World Wars. During World War I, allied soldiers took notice of their skills and brought the breed back home – but it was really after the end of the Second World War that they became popular worldwide.
Today, there’re just as likely to be home dogs as they are military dogs. Either way, they’ll always rank highly in our estimation.
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