About German Shepherds

The German Shepherd, No Better Partner

As German Shepherd breeders, we know that German Shepherds make wonderful pets and companions. German Shepherd dogs are noble, beautiful and talented natural athletes. German Shepherd pups and dogs are bred to embody the qualities that people are most attracted to in humans: loyalty, bravery, independence, intelligence and a sense of humor.

German Shepherds are well known for their character and temperament. Poised and confident, German Shepherd pups are faithful companions. German Shepherd breeders see this intelligence and aptitude first hand. Our German Shepherd Puppies for sale are suitable for many specialized services. They make terrific protectors of homes, property or livestock. German shepherds are indifferent to strangers – they don’t give their affection lightly but when they give devotion, they give it for life. German shepherd pups and dogs delight in serving as companions, friends for children, partners for police and narcotics officers and canine team members for armed services.

Description

German Shepherds are a large sized dog which generally are 22 and 26 in at the withers and weigh between 49 and 88 lb. The ideal height is 25 in, according to Kennel Club standards. They have a domed forehead, a long square-cut muzzle and a black nose. The jaws are strong, with a scissor-like bite. The eyes are medium-sized and brown with a lively, intelligent, and self-assured look. The ears are large and stand erect, open at the front and parallel, but they often are pulled back during movement. They have a long neck, which is raised when excited and lowered when moving at a fast pace. The tail is bushy and reaches to the hock.

German Shepherds can be a variety of colors, the most common of which are tan/black and red/black. Most color varieties have black masks and black body markings which can range from a classic “saddle” to an over-all “blanket.” Rarer color 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 being serious faults and the all-white is grounds for instant disqualification in some standards.

German Shepherds sport 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.

 

 Origins of the German Shepherd Breed

In Europe during the 1800s, attempts were being made to standardize breeds. The dogs were bred to preserve traits that assisted in their job of herding sheep and protecting flocks from predators. In Germany this was practiced within local communities, where shepherds selected and bred dogs that they believed had traits necessary for herding sheep, such as intelligence, speed, strength, and keen senses of smell. The results were dogs that were able to perform admirably in their task, but that differed significantly, both in appearance and ability, from one locality to another.

Max von Stephanitz, an ex-cavalry captain and former student of the Berlin Veterinary College believed strongly that dogs should be bred for working.

In 1899, Von Stephanitz was attending a dog show when he was shown a dog named Hektor Linksrhein. Hektor was the product of few generations of selective breeding and completely fulfilled what Von Stephanitz believed a working dog should be. He was pleased with the strength of the dog and was so taken by the animal’s intelligence and loyalty, that he purchased it immediately. This was declared to be the first German Shepherd Dog and was the first dog added to the society’s breed register.

Because of Von Stephanitz’s strong, uncompromising leadership he is credited with being the creator of the German Shepherd Dog.

 

 

 

 

 

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