Information on the german shepherd

German Shepherd Dogs are everywhere! As one of the most active dog breeds working today, you see GSDs in airports, subway stations, and even Times Square. These dogs serve as police K-9s, military working dogs, search and rescue dogs, and much more.

Have you ever thought about why this particular breed is so suited for this kind of hard work?

The breed dates back to the 1890s, where it worked as a herding and farm dog. According to the German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA), the official parent club and “guardian” of the breed in the United States, the very first registered German Shepherd Dog in Germany was a “working sheepherder, requiring no training other than direction and finish to become proficient at the task.” GSDs were prized for their “utility and intelligence” and later used heavily in the World Wars, demonstrating their trainability, loyalty and courage.

The GSDCA describes the breed best as approachable, quietly standing its ground and showing confidence and willingness to meet overtures without itself making them. It is poised, but when the occasion demands, eager and alert; both fit and willing to serve in its capacity as companion, watchdog, blind leader, herding dog, or guardian, whichever the circumstances may demand.”

These qualities have been bred into German Shepherd Dogs for over a hundred years, endearing the breed to a wide public in practically every country of the globe as a companion, protector, and friend.

The all-time ACE (Awards for Canine Excellence) winning breed is the German Shepherd Dog, with 13 awards. The Awards for Canine Excellence celebrate canine heroes in appreciation for the inspiring ways in which they contribute to our lives. Each year, five loyal, hard-working dogs are commemorated for making significant contributions to an individual or their communities. 

Get to know the German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog is hailed as the world's leading police, guard and military

dog, however, this dependable breed is more than its 9-to-5 job. Consistently one

of the United States most popular breeds according to AKC® Registration Statistics,

 the German Shepherd Dog is also a loving family companion, herder and show

competitor. The breed is approachable, direct and fearless, with a strong, muscular

body. The GSD may be most colors, but most commonly is black and tan.

A Look Back
The German Shepherd Dog originated in 1899 at Karlsruhe, Germany due to the

efforts of Captain Max von Stephanitz and others. Derived from the old breeds

of herding and farm dogs, the first German Shepherd Dog exhibited in America

was in 1907. The fame associated with Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart, two members

of the breed whose movies played on variations of the boy and his dog theme,

shot the popularity of the breed sky-high.

Can you guarantee my puppy will not have hip problems?

No breeder in the world can guarantee that the puppies won't develop

dysplasia, and if they do... beware.
Hip dysplasia is considered to be polygenic and is also influenced by

environmental factors. That means that it's caused by a combination

of genes that may not show up in any litter previously. No matter the

certifications in the pedigree it is possible that your puppy could be

predisposed to hip dysplasia. Treatments (both surgical and drug) can

be done early to alleviate problems down the line. If in doubt, find an

orthopedic specialist. Be wary of a breeder that says their puppies

will definitely not have hip problems. I can promise you I have

researched my dogs and have inspected the parents and check

the background of my dogs looking for OFA in their background.

OFA is an Xray done on a dog at 2 years old that will show quality

hips. I added microchipping, first vet visit. Lacey is my first dog

I started with in the 6 years I have had her no one has any complaints

on the health of their puppy or the training that has went into them.

No one has called me and told me their dog had hip dysplasia or gotten

 sick. All my dogs are highly active, running, jumping, hiking and 

 swimming. I always encourage potential owners to come see the health

and temperment of the parents. No signs in weakness of hips and Lacey

is 5 years old. I have seen it in a mixed breed white shepherd I had. He

had it as young as 6 months old. He had it so bad by 6 years I had to put

him down. I have worked with this and know the problems related

to it. None of my dogs shows any signs of weakness or tenderness in their

joints.

What is Schutzhund?
Schutzhund is German for "protection dog", but it also refers to a training

discipline and dog sport involving 3 phases; obedience, tracking and

protection. It is supposed to be a fun experience for both the dog and

 the handler. All my girls have the bloodlines  from champion wins in

 Germany for such events.

Note that titles that say VA1 are considered world champions. Also

2X VA 1 are rare champions thta won world champion TWO TIMES! 

Ancestors are real German Shepherds. These champions are

judged on what they accomplish, not just their looks. Note;

Schutzhund is a way of measuring their abilities, SCH 3 is tops.

Im not into the show that the dog runs in a circle and is judged for

its beauty. These are extremely intelligent working dogs.

Will my German shepherd puppy's ears stand?
Although some puppies' ears stand as early as 8-10 weeks, don't be concerned if your pup's ears don't stand until 6-7 months (especially pups with large ears) after teething. Some pups ears never stand. This is known as a "soft ear". Sometimes taping is successful. "Soft ears" are a genetic trait, and dogs with soft ears should not be bred even if taping is successful. It is a disqualification in showing but does not affect the dog' health in a negative way. I have had a puppy that took until he was 9 months for his ears to stand up.

 

 

 

 

 

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