Breed Info Summary
Breed Suits: active lifestyles, companionship
Shedding/Non-Shedding: Shedding (heavy)
The ancestors of German shepherds served as both servants and companions to humans. The German shepherd dogs we know today were developed from old shepherd and farm dogs and first introduced in Germany in 1899. Captain Max von Stephanitz is credited with founding the breed. This breed became more popular as a guard and protection dog in the last century, and has also been used as a guide dog. Their brave personality has also led to them developing a distinguished career with both the police and the military forces.
German Shepherds are brave, intelligent, and gentle, however they can take some time making friends. They are exceedingly noble and faithful — both to the work they undertake and to their owners — because of their history of herding. Despite the fact that this kind of dog requires a lot of attention, he will repay you a hundredfold with his loyalty and great guarding abilities.
Pros and cons to consider
- Easy to train
- Great guard dogs
- Require lots of exercise
- Shedding (shed heavily year-round)
- Nervousness around strangers