The German Shepherd is characterized by his loyalty and obedience. We are talking about dogs with a very good character, affectionate and easy to train. They are also characterized by their fidelity and often show enormous loyalty to one of their family members.
German Shepherd What is its origin?
The origin of the German Shepherd, as its name indicates, is in Germany. The breed is relatively new, since its origin dates back to 1899. It comes from the crossing of different breeds of dogs dedicated to herding. In addition to its use as a herding dog, it soon also began to work as a police dog in different cities since it is easy to train and is a breed famous for its courage, loyalty and guardian instincts. It makes an excellent watchdog, police dog, military dog, guide dog, and search and rescue dog.
Physical characteristics of the German Shepherd.
It is a large breed dog, tall and with a highly developed thorax. It has a very strong jaw and a thick tail. Its ears are medium and pointed.
• Height: males up to 66 cm and females up to 60 cm
• Weight: males between 30-40 kg and females up to 32 kg
• Life expectancy: 9-13 years
• Big size
• Coat: short
• Energy: medium
Character, active, affectionate and sociable.
German Shepherds are active, affectionate, and sociable dogs. Sometimes they can be mistrustful of strangers, which is why it is important to socialize them correctly from puppies, so we will avoid overprotective behavior.
They are considered very intelligent and agile, so they require physical and mental exercise.
As long as our German Shepherd has received proper socialization, he will have no problem living with other animals and/or in homes with children.
Special care of the German Shepherd.
Although this is a strong dog, he is prone to certain health problems, read on to find out what they are and how to prevent them.
– Arthritis: Degenerative disease that produces varying degrees of lameness, stiffness and joint pain. Treatment is based on exhaustive weight control, physiotherapy, use of analgesics and chondroprotectors.
– Hip and elbow dysplasia: It is usually the most common cause of hind leg lameness. A high calorie diet and inadequate exercise can exacerbate the problem. By including supplements such as horsetail or turmeric in your diet, we will notice a great improvement.
– Stomach problems: Being delicate in this regard, it is important to provide them with a balanced diet by choosing a specific quality feed for this breed.
Curiosities of the German Shepherd dog.
The German Shepherd has been a hit in movies and on TV. The dog Rin Tin Tin, protagonist of the adventure “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin”, has probably been the most famous German shepherd in the art world. The success of the character has been so great that Rin Tin Tin has his footprints registered on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
They participated in both world wars! They helped carry messages, locate wounded soldiers, and patrol alongside officers, always being alert to the presence of enemies.
He was the first guide dog in history. Thus, the first dogs trained to assist blind people were four German shepherds: Judy, Meta, Folly and Flash. They were delivered to World War I veterans on October 6, 1931, in Merseyside.