German Shepherd The Breed?
From PuppyFind.com, The German Shepherd Dog (also called ‘GSD’, ‘German Shepherd’, ‘Alsatian’, ‘Deutscher Schaferhund’, or even ‘Police Dog’ in some countries) was bred in the late 19th and early 20th century in a concerted effort to breed the ultimate sheepdog. Contrary to popular opinion, it is no more closely related to the wolf than any other breed of dog. A consortium of German breeders worked to make a brave, intelligent dog that could herd sheep and run quickly with great stamina. They produced an agile, powerful dog which quickly showed its usefulness at police work and guarding. During World War I, the breed’s name was changed to ‘Alsatian’ (‘Alsatia’ is a German speaking region of France) to protect the breed against possible anti-German sentiment. This name lasted only briefly in some countries such as America but remains to this day in others. German Shepherd Dogs became the most popular breed in America after the rise of German Shepherd movie star Rin Tin Tin, who thrilled audiences with astounding skills such as leaping nearly 12 feet high. Rin Tin Tin was known to dine on tenderloin steaks prepared by a personal chef. While no longer the country’s number one breed, the incredibly adaptable German Shepherd Dog is today a popular guard dog, police dog, guide dog, search-and-rescue dog, drug-sniffing dog, and pet.
German Shepherds were bred because of their intelligence which make them a great working dog for the police, military and general herding work on the farm.
GDS are the happiest if they are working or learning a new trick or task. They are constantly learning and will try to please their owner every chance they get. They love to play, run and compete. They love a yard to play in every day, but they will also tolerate apartment life if exercised daily outside in a dog park or open field.
They need grooming on a regular basis by using a shedding brush like the FURminator. This will help cut down on the shedding in your home if you brush the GSD a couple of times per week.
It's important to properly socialize a new puppy to other people as it is growing.
The breed has a lifespan of 10 to 14 years.
The GSD comes in various different colors. However the breed standard doesn't recognize the white color German Shepherd. In some countries the "white" GSD is considered a different breed.