The German Shepherd ranks unchallenged on the top of the popularity scale of all pedigree dogs worldwide. Since 1899 the breed is bred according to plan.
From the idea of the founder of the Association for German Shepherds, Max von Stephanitz, to develop a powerful, safe and well-balanced dog has become an international recipe for success on four paws.
Country of origin
FCI standard no. 166 / 23.03.2010 / D
Breed standard German Shepherd
Worldwide focusing on the motherland of the breed. The World Union of German Shepherd Dogs (WUSV) organizes more than 78 member countries of all continents
Group 1 – herding dogs and cattle dogs
Section 1 – Shepherd dogs with a working test
About 10,000 a year.
Altogether over 2 million studbook entries.
Currently, live in Germany 250,000 German Shepherd dogs.
Black with reddish brown, brown, yellow to light yellow badges. Black and gray monochrome.
Sport and family dog, duty and protection dog, rescue and therapy dog, guide dog, herding dog.
Absolutely necessary. Consequence, patience, and understanding are needed. Very adaptable working dog breed.
Safe and self-confident, robust, unbiased, attentive, physically and psychologically highly resilient.
Good and safe social behavior, compatible with appropriate socialization very well with people and animals in the family environment.
Feeding and care
Feeding according to activity and tasks with high-quality ready-made food. Regular grooming, deworming and vaccinating.
An active dog, who needs regular exercise (walks, swimming, cycling, jogging, dog sports) to a balanced nature.
HD control by breeding value estimation and control in SV. Life expectancy ten to twelve years.
Height and weight
Male: 60 to 65 centimeters, about 30 to 40 kilos.
Bitches 55 to 60 centimeters, about 22 to 32 kilos.
A loyal companion for life
Anyone who loves dogs and trusts to train a dog consistently, but dog-friendly, will find in the German Shepherd a loyal companion and reliable partner – and that a whole dog life long. He is a companion who is ideally suited for living together with man. For many German Shepherds are the best friends of man and therefore, of course, an integral part of everyday life: the open-minded four-legged friends are playmates, family members and living medicine especially for older, single people. And especially for active people, who like to be in the fresh air or do sports, German shepherd dogs are the perfect dog choice. To make the four-legged friend a loyal companion in everyday life and a family dog, education and training are important.
Family dog - part of everyday life
In puppy age, all dogs are especially “cute” and provide many funny moments in the family. The little puppy, however, quickly “grows up”. At six months old, the dog has the developmental status of a human being of about ten years of age, a one-year-old animal corresponds to a 20-year-old dog and a 13-year-old dog to a 70-year-old man. In every phase of its life, the German Shepherd has a special charisma. Even as a “gray muzzle” he will give his man much joy. Since the breed builds a high bond, clear caregivers are important in every stage of life. This bond also facilitates education, training and work with the four-legged friends. Like other dogs, the German Shepherd develops his physical and mental maturity in the course of dog life.
Free time with the German Shepherd
The German Shepherd Dog is by nature a very active, motile dog with a high willingness to learn and adaptability. Its owners should not only enjoy long walks, but also seek suitable employment with their dog or, at best, an apprenticeship. In search of the appropriate training, the Association for German Shepherds (SV) eV advises you at any time.
The great advantage of the German Shepherd Dog lies in its versatility: it wants to be challenged and promoted. The possibilities for joint activities with the German Shepherd Dog are therefore great. He loves long walks in the great outdoors and is also an ideal partner for cycling tours. For people who keep fit with jogging or walking, the German Shepherd Dog is also a perfect training partner – and also an excellent protector. A welcome change and at the same time great grooming for the dogs is the swimming. German shepherds are robust natures for which physical fitness is important. So if you look for a sporty, versatile and spirited family dog and have enough time for education, training, and fitness of the four-legged friend,
Where can I buy a puppy?
When buying a puppy, you often decide whether you will enjoy the dog for a lifetime. The easiest way to find a suitable breeder is through the Association for German Shepherd Dogs (SV) eV We are happy to advise and inform you about breeders in your area. Our Red SV papers, the breed’s certificate of authenticity, are a guarantee of controlled breeding. In a hobby breeder who likes to show his puppies and the mother before the levy, a corresponding puppy costs regionally different between 700 and 1000 euros. These puppies are also a veterinarian and have been examined by the Breeding Warden and marked with a transponder.
Dogs demand space and time
Before buying a dog you should always make sure that you can meet the animal with all its needs. One factor is the financial aspect: dogs cost money – for example for food, accommodation, vet, dog tax and insurance. But the four-legged friends also demand space and time from their people. And sometimes a change of lifestyle. The decision to take a German Shepherd dog into the house or apartment should, therefore, be thoroughly prepared and discussed with the family. The central components of the “family expansion” are expertise, a sense of responsibility and, of course, the love of animals.
All SV organizations help find a puppy. In almost every major community and city, there are one or more local groups of the SV. Here you will find the right contact person. In addition, the association has established a nationwide network of puppy exchanges.
Article Source: BGSD Breed