As the name indicates, German Shepherds are from Germany. They are part of a herding group and originally they herded sheep.
They are a newer breed, only becoming an official breed in1899. The German Shepherd is the second most popular breed in the United States.
The German Shepherd is considered a moderately active breed and does best with regular exercise. They can be territorial and protective of their home and family. This has made them good as guard dogs. The German Shepherd is considered a large breed, weighing in at 50-90 pounds on average.
Because of their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience the German Shepherd is frequently used by law enforcement as a search and rescue dog, an attack dog, or as a detection dog. Some dog breeds are only suited for specific tasks, some being better family dogs, some being better working breeds.
The German Shepherd a crosses a variety of specialties ranging from being the family pooch all the way to being a search and rescue dog or a police attack dog.
Because of their herding history and territoriality, it’s best to socialize a German Shepherd early in life, exposing them to a variety of different animals and people so they never develop their less appealing tendency of being aggressive to those they don’t know.
As a moderately active breed and given their tendencies to be territorial, German Shepherd are best in an active situation with regular exercise.
The German Shepherd does best when trained. They are a large breed, and as full grown adults, they can overpower many people. So good manners and boundaries are a must.
Lie most purebreds, the German Shepherd is prone to some genetic issues. German Shepherds can have hip dysplasia where their hip joint starts to separate from their pelvis creating extreme pain and eventually a loss of movement.