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     I came to know The German Shepherd Dog when we rescued our GSD, Cassie (pictured above) around 2 years ago.   German Shepherds are great dogs.    As you will see below, there are many reasons for this and why you should consider the GSD for your next dog. 


      The German Shepherd Dog or in german, Deutsche Schäferhunde was developed by a german breeder by the name of Captain Max von Stephanitz in the town of Karlsruhe.  He was quite familiar with the working dogs in Germany and it was his desire to breed the perfect german shepherding dog.   He was looking for the perfect dog to begin his breed which should have a keen intelligence, large ears, and a good work ethic.  While attending a dog show Max discovered the perfect stud for his breed.  He purchased him and named him Horand.   Horand (pictured below) would become the first german shepherd.



Appealing characteristics 


      The GSD is a sharp looking dog.   They mostly come in black and tan, but there are also all black and even all white varieties.  The GSD has placed very well in the most prestigious of all dog shows.


Black German Shepherd DogCredit: By JohnJ1212 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


       They are smart and can be taught easily    Cassie has learned all the tricks we taught her, but has added a few tricks of her own such as opening doors.   This can happen at the most embarrassing of times.   Cassie also has figured out how to get ice from the ice maker from our fridge.

German ShepherdCredit: By Aksel07 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


      German Shepherds aim to please.   They will stick by you at all times mostly under your feet.   They will also wait for you to come out of a room or sit at the stairs waiting for you to come down. 

German Shepherd 2Credit: By Tim Dobbelaere from Ieper, Belgium (Man's best friend) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


      They are social and playful with people.  They love to play catch and pretty much anything else that can be seen as a game.   They do enjoy herding their toys and keep things in the correct place.  They are also very talkative and will let you know what they're thinking from a groan to just chatting away.   This really adds to the interaction because they let you know what they're thinking through their noises.


White German ShepherdCredit: By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons


Good with Family/Protective:  

      They are really good with kids and even babies.  They know their place in the family are happy to be a part of it.  They can have fun with the family during outings or whatever, but they are also very protective and this comes in handy for you and your family.  They make a good watch dog.   They are very alert and if anything seems out of place they will bark to let you know.



       I hope you have enjoyed this article and this has helped you in your decision making process for selecting a dog breed.  German Shepherds Rock!!

Oh, and don't forget how cute they are as pups!!

German Shepherd PupCredit: By Marilyn Peddle (originally posted to Flickr as Kim at 14 weeks) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons