The Breed - German Shepherd
German shepherd dogs are, as their name implies, a breed that originated in Germany. They were originally bred for herding and are now often used for the police and armed forces. German shepherd dogs were introduced in the United States by soldiers returning home from World War I. The first guide dogs were German shepherd dogs. The breed caught the public eye because of movie stars like Strongheart.
Experts state that the breed’s defining attribute is character and more specifically: loyalty, courage, confidence, the ability to learn commands for many tasks, and the willingness to put their life on the line in defense of loved ones.
German Shepherds are known to be gentle family pets and steadfast guardians, but some poorly bred dogs can be high-stung and nervous. Coupled with poor socialization and inadequate training, over guarding and aggressive behavior are risks.
All in all, choosing wisely the breeder and most importantly the trainer of a German Shepherd is a key factor to ensure a lifetime of happy and harmonious living with a well-behaved dog.