German Shepherd Advantage and Challenges
German Shepherd Physical Characteristics
German Shepherd Personality
This strong, handsome dog has won the respect, and often the hearts, of many animal lovers around the world. The German Shepherd is the 4th most popular breed registered with the AKC in the United States. A loyal and courageous animal, this dog is highly protective of its owners and typically makes an excellent guard dog.
German Shepherd History and General Information
History and Origin
With its powerful body, alert mind and nimble movement, the German Shepherd is a natural athlete. Be prepared to give this dog plenty of regular exercise along with training of some kind, as it’ll be happiest when given a challenge. Eager to learn, the German Shepherd should be trained in obedience at an early age – otherwise it can become difficult to control. Use a firm and loving tone, as this pet doesn’t respond well to angry training techniques. This highly intelligent animal thrives on having a mission, and is often employed as a police dog, sheep herder, or guide dog for the blind. This breed likes company and shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of a time, as it may become frustrated and develop destructive and aggressive habits.
Highly intelligent and a consummate guard dog, this courageous pet is eager to please its owners - it likes nothing better than protecting you and spending quality time with you. Usually very patient with kids if it has been well socialized to them as a puppy, this dog should nevertheless never be fully trusted with children it doesn’t consider part of its family. Similarly, when raised with other animals in the home, the German Shepherd usually will learn to co-exist, but this superb hunter is likely to consider any animals outside the home as prey, and is also innately aggressive towards other dogs. A securely fenced yard is an absolute must, and never walk your German Shepherd off-leash if you wish to avoid neighborhood tragedy.
Rin Tin Tin
The world’s most famous German Shepherd is undoubtedly Rin Tin Tin, an orphaned veteran of World War I. During the 1920s and 1930s, this amazing dog made 26 movies for Warner Brothers and may have saved the movie studio from bankruptcy. At the peak of his career, Rin Tin Tin was receiving 10,000 fan letters a week and was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. http://www.rintintin.com/story.htm
German Shepherd Health
Generally healthy, this dog can suffer from various diseases such as blood disorders, digestive problems and hip and elbow dysplasia. It can also be prone to epilepsy, chronic eczema, eye disease, dwarfism and flea allergies.
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