Introduction: What is a German Shepherd?
The German Shepherd is a large breed of dog with a medium-length coat. Originally, the German Shepherd was created in 1899 as an all-purpose farm dog. They were bred by crossing the old style drover’s dogs with various strains of sheepdogs, and was given the name “German Shepherds” to distinguish them from similar dogs in other parts of the world. Here are some additional facts about this breed of dog.
1. German Shepherds are among the Most Intelligent Dog Breed
We often see German Shepherds in TV series and movies. They are often portrayed as an intelligent breed of dog. German Shepherds are one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs on the planet.
The following is a list of some popular dog breeds ranked according to their average intelligence level:
- Border Collie
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- Doberman Pinscher
- Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherds are Incredibly Loyal Dogs
German Shepherds are one of the most popular breeds of dogs and are intelligent, obedient, confident, brave, and self-assured. They are very loyal to their owners, make a great watchdog and are also amazing family pets. German Shepherds have been used as service dogs in the military, police force, and more recently as guide dogs. Shepherds love to be around people and need a lot of daily exercise on walks or at the dog park. This breed needs a lot of attention though so you must be willing to spend time with them every day!
3. The History of the Name “German Shepherd”
The history of the name “German Shepherd” is not as straightforward as many people believe. The German shepherd breed was first developed in 1899 by Captain Max von Stephanitz, and the breed was originally called “Deutscher Schäferhund” which translates to “German shepherd dog.” In 1908, however, a group of British fanciers got together to form an organization for the protection of native breeds and they wanted to change the name so that it would sound more English. One of these fanciers suggested “Alsatian,” but they all agreed that this didn’t have quite the right ring to it. Ironically, Alsatian is a French word and does not mean what they wanted it too! They eventually settled on “German”.
4. German Shepherds shed
German Shepherds shed their coats in the spring and fall of each year. Shedding is a natural process that allows the skin to breathe and stay healthy. However, shedding can cause problems for people who want to keep their German Shepherd’s coat clean and tidy.
The most common problem with German Shepherds shedding is hair on your clothes. To get rid of this problem you can vacuum the hair from your clothes before washing them or use a lint remover after washing them.
5. German Shepherds are members of the Herding Group
German shepherds are a member of the herding group. They are known for their loyalty, intelligence and tenacity. They also have a strong prey drive which means that they might chase things such as cats, birds, rabbits and rodents.