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German Shepherd |Germany|

German Shepherd |Germany|

The German Shepherd is one of the most versatile and distinguished breeds and has become a stalwart colleague to humans across many different sectors. German Shepherds were originally bred as livestock dogs to herd, guard, and protect a range of farm animals, which they will still do instinctively. Their great intelligence and trainability was quickly recognized, and they were drafted into police service. They are still recognized as one of the leading police dogs in the world. With the outbreak of World War I, the German Shepherds became a military dogs, delivering messages, working in search and rescue, and acting as sentries and guard dogs. They excel as assistance dogs and have been widely used as guide dogs for the blind; the first German-trained guide dog for the blind sent to the United States was named Lux, and was imported in 1925 as a gift for Minnesota senator Thomas Schall. The breed is still used for these purposes and also makes a wonderful and engaging companion animal.

History

Captain Max von Stephanitz is credited with developing the German Shepherd breed based on native working German stock. He purchased a dog named Horand von Grafrath, which had a “wolfish” appearance, from a dog show in Karlsruhe, western Germany, in 1899, and used him as the foundation of his breeding program. Stephanitz established the Society for the German Shepherd Dog, and Horand was the first dog registered. Horand’s brother Kuchs was also added to the program. The motto “utility and intelligence” was adopted for the fledgling breed. In 1907 the first German Shepherd was exhibited in the United States, and the following year the American Kennel Club recognized the breed. During World War I, “German” was dropped from the breed name in the United States, and in England the breed name was changed to Alsatian, remaining as such until 1977. The full name was reinstated in the United States some years later, and by 1926 the breed accounted for 36 percent of all registered American dogs. The German Shepherd continues to be extremely popular.

German Shepherds can have very large litters of puppies, sometimes up to fifteen, but on average they have eight.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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