Five Interesting Facts About German Shepherds You Probably Didn’t Know
Fiercely loyal and instinctively protective, it’s no wonder you often find German Shepherds on duty with the boys in blue or next to someone who needs a little help.
And that’s one of the reasons this adorable dog is in the running to be crowned the UK’s favorite breed, currently sitting a touching distance from the top five in sixth place.
But besides their heroic actions on pace, there are so many other reasons to support German Shepherds in the TeamDogs Favorite Breed competition, with voting open until Saturday, August 14.
In fact, one fan of this breed called them the “Rolex of the canine world.”
Isn’t that high praise?
Describing why he thinks German Shepherds should take first place in the TeamDogs Favorite Breed competition, Michael Hylands said: “They are powerful, intelligent, versatile and the most versatile breed I know and despite their fearsome reputation they can also to be brilliantly clumsy.
“Unlike other breeds, the German Shepherd isn’t all barking and swaggering. These dogs will literally lay down their lives for you.
Still wondering which dog gets your vote? We’ve rounded up five interesting facts about German Shepherds that just might sway your decision.
1. They are from Germany
Now, that might have been obvious given the name, but do you know the history of the German Shepherd?
The breed dates back to the 1880s when a former cavalry officer called Max von Stephanitz decided to mix working sheepdogs.
According to the Kennel Club: “The first breed club was formed in 1881 after Max von Stephanitz and his followers developed and promoted the breed as a herding dog, and later as a working dog used by the police. and the armed forces.”
Horand von Grafath became the first officially registered dog of this breed.
2. They have many names
Although the German Shepherd is an instantly recognized breed, it is a breed with many names. You can also call him an Alsatian.
And that’s not his only nickname. In Germany, it’s called a Deutscher Shaferhund. And then there’s the GSD, and it was also once known as the sheepdog, with many choosing to drop the German word around the time of WWI and WWI due to the connotations negative.
3. They served in World War I and World War II
On the subject of war, German Shepherds actually had their own role to play with the German forces using the dogs as messengers, explosives detectors, and munitions carriers. They were even trained on how to parachute from an airplane.
It was because of these wars that German Shepherds began to emerge elsewhere with troops from other countries bringing them home.
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4. They are used to herd sheep
Police dogs, security dogs, military dogs…we all know the role this breed plays in these very important jobs, but did you know they can also be used to herd sheep?
Originally bred from herding dogs, it’s no surprise to learn that it’s still a job they do to this day.
5. There are nine breed standard colors
Although you can usually associate German Shepherds with the color black and tan, there are eight others recognized by the Kennel Club.
- Black gold
- black and tan
- dark sand
- golden marten
- gray marten
Although not a breed standard, other colors include white, liver, and blue.
Vote for your favorite breed in the TeamDogs Best Breed contest – but be quick, the winner will be revealed on Saturday August 14th.