Today we are all able to easily recognize a German Shepherd and yet this particular breed has only been in existence as its own distinct breed for around 90 years now. However when you trace back through the breeds history you will find that is ancestors actually come a very diverse group of sheep herding and dogs that worked on farms in Germany. It was not until the very late part of the 19th Century that sheep herders started to get together and then form breeding groups in the hope to produce dogs which has the working attributes that they all desired. Although this group eventually disbanded another one (society) was soon formed and soon begun to flourish about which you can also read in detail on germanshepherdandme.com. The society was founded by a German cavalry officer by the name of Max Von Stephanitz and he is now more commonly referred to as the father of the breed.
However today the breed is now recognized for being both loyal and courageous as well as having the ability to be trained to carry out certain tasks for working with certain services. In fact you will often see this particular breed being used by law enforcement agencies as well as the military and in some cases they are used by those involved in the war against terrorism and for preventing drugs and other types of contraband from illegally gaining entry to a country. This is because they can be trained to smell drugs and equipment used to produce bombs. They are also used as search and rescue dogs across the globe today as well. But if you want you could actually have such a dog in your home as they are extremely devoted to those that own and care for them and will make a wonderful protector for the whole family.
When it comes to learning about German Shepherds and you are considering buying one then you need to look for those whose parents are both approachable but are still outgoing. It is important to note that the temperament that your dog has will have been inherited from its parents and so you need to look closely at the way in which the dog has been bred. Also you should look for a dog that although will regard anyone it does not know with suspicion they should not be either sharp or aggressive towards them, nor should they actually move away in fear from them. So it is important that you learn as much about the parents of the puppy as well as the breeder before you hand over any money.
While they seem dangerous and not knowing one could lead you to fearfulness of them, the German Shepherd is one of the more gentle, loving breeds of dog once you’ve had the opportunity to get close to one. German Shepherds are extremely smart, and an experience with one can form a relationship that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Here are a few things that I personally love about German Shepherds. I’ve owned three of them in my life, and I can say with confidence that they’re my favorite breed of dog. It took me a bit of time before I fully appreciated them, but these are some incredible creatures that I couldn’t imagine life without at this point.
Their Primary Strengths
First of all, German Shepherds are extremely protective. They legitimately make for excellent watch dogs. If you live in a house, especially one with children, you’ll find comfort in the fact that most German Shepherds will sleep by the door. They’re always on the lookout for something out of the ordinary, and you’ll definitely know when they sense it. Their bark will not only alert you, but it does present itself as a deterrent to any potential intruders.
The second thing I would say about these dogs is that they’re great with children. Any dog that’s good with kids is a huge plus if you live in a household with kids in it. Children will love their canine friend, and the dogs will give that love right back. My kids absolutely loved their German Shepherds growing up.