Up to the XIX century the breed used in Germany to protect and conduct the flocks of sheep was not uniform. The German Shepherd as we know it now appeared at the beginning of the XX century and since then, it has turned into one of the most popular breeds around the world.
Intelligent and hardworking by nature, the German Shepherd needs a coherent owner, who is able to dedicate it time and knows how to keep it busy. Attentive and loyal, it establishes good relations with the people it respects. Its even and responsible character makes it a good guide dog. Its common sense, versatility and desire to learn also make it a good police dog.
Thick and short hair; fire, golden or soft gray with a black background or with a big spot on the shape of a riding-saddle. There are also black or gray dogs with clear or brown spots. Almond eyes. The ears are wide on the base, placed high and straight. Very thick tail that draws a soft line. Feet with arched, rounded and tight fingers; resistant and thick pads. Deep chest and the back slightly leaning to the tail.
- LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 years.
- PHYSICAL EXERCISE: Very Intense.
- MAINTENANCE: Difficult.
- LEVEL OF NOISE: Noisy.
- HEALTH PROBLEMS: Hip dysphasia; it is recommended to rule out the hemophilia in males that were used for breeding in the past.
- HEIGHT: 57.5 – 64.5 cm.
BREED RECOGNIZED BY THE CANINE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION (CIF)