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History: Dating back several centuries to early Europe, this breed's rootstock
was the mountain sheepdog of Germany. Around 1800 the German army modified
this breed for work as a military dog to carry medicine and ammunition.
A German parent club for the breed was formed in 1899. Later, the military
further modified the breed to act as a guard dog for hostages during the
two world wars. As it truly loves work with people, its popularity in the
United States rose greatly after World War 1, when many sorldiers brought
dogs back from Germany. Today it is one of the most popular herding dogs
registered with the American Kennel Club.
Body: The German Shepherd is both strong and agile, with a sturdy well-muscled
body that is slightly longer than high; a straight back; a deep chest;
a slightly pointed, rather lean head with a well-muscled neck; a strong,
long, V-shaped muzzle; high-set erect ears; and a slightly curbed bushy
tail. Its outer coat is short, straigh, and harsh, lying flat on the body,and
can be almost any color- black, tan, gray, a black saddle on tan- however
white is dixqualified.
Character: Extremely intelligent, this breed can be trained to handle
multiple responsibilities. Although a bit wary of strangers, and uneasy
around strange dogs, especailly small ones, this shepherd completely trusts,
and is devoted to its manster and family, including children. Care is necesssary,
however to avoid provokingits aggressive behavior or disturbing it territorial
Care: As this breed tends to shed constantly, brushing for ten minutes
three times a week is needed.
Exercise: Long, daily walks on a lead are essential, and if possible ,
the dog should be kept in large, open yard, never small, confined space.
If not kept busy or properly cared for, this breed tends to become excessively
nervous, cowardly, mischievous, noisy, and generally uncontrollable and
possibly dangerous to handle.
Training: Early handling as well as thorough
obedience training are best.
Puppies: A litter numbers five to ten puppies and maturity, however, is
not reached until they are 1 1/2 to two years of age.
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