Everything You Need to Know About German Shepherds

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They are often called the “one-man breed.”

German Shepherds are the second most popular dogs in America right behind Labrador Retrievers. GSDs (German Shepherd Dogs) are some of the most recognizable dogs with their pointy ears, alert and intelligent expressions, and tan and black coats.

The breed skyrocketed into popularity with Rin Tin Tin, a German Shepherd that was rescued from the World War 1 battlefield from soldier Lee Duncan. Rin Tin Tin went on to star in 27 Hollywood movies in the 1920s.

German Shepherds are extremely loyal dogs, especially to their masters. This loyalty has earned them the nickname “one-man breed.” They make great police dogs, service dogs, and household dogs.

As with all large dogs, GSDs need adequate training and sufficient exercise to maintain their health.

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Head

The German Shepherd as an alert and intelligent expression with dark eyes. The ears are large, pointed, and stand forward and straight up from the head. The muzzle is long and and moderately-sized in circumference.

Body

The GSD is a strong, but agile breed. Their back angles down toward the hind legs and the famous stance is at attention with one hind leg pulled back. The withers stand higher than the hind legs.

Coat

The GSD coat is coarse and long, but not shaggy. The outer coat is dense and longer hairs can be expected behind the hind legs. The black and tan markings are the most well-known for German Shepherds but they can also be all white, black, red, gray, liver, sable, and combinations of these colors.

Health

GSDs aren't prone to any specific diseases but it is important to have consistent vet checkups for typical issues like hip and elbow dysplasia.

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Everything You Need to Know About German Shepherds