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German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are confident, courageous dogs with a keen sense of smell and notable intelligence. These are active working dogs who excel at many canine sports and tasks -- they are true utility dogs! Their versatility combined with their loyal companionship has them consistently listed as one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

About this Breed

The German Shepherd dog is the second most popular dog breed in the United States, and the fourth most popular in the United Kingdom (where it is known as the Alsatian). This breed was standardized in Germany at the end of the 19th century from local dogs used for herding and livestock guarding. Their confidence, courageousness and keen sense of smell coupled with their notable intelligence make them highly suited to police work, military roles, and search and rescue. German Shepherds require regular physical and mental exercise and have a heavy shedding coat that comes in both short and long varieties. They were first recognized by the AKC in 1908 and later became fashionable as soldiers returning from WWI spoke highly of the German dogs and Hollywood popularized the breed with stars like Strongheart and Rin Tin Tin.

Height

Male: 24-26in

Female: 22-24in

Weight

Male: 66-88lb

Female: 49-71lb

Fun Fact

Despite being sometimes called the “Alsatian wolf dog”, German Shepherds are not true wolf dogs— they are 100% dog. Nevertheless, German shepherds were crossed with wolves in the past to form the Czechoslovakian and Saarloos wolfdog breeds. German Shepherds, along with other breeds and sled dogs, were also used in the creation of the Chinook breed.

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Bear
  2. Max
  3. Cooper
  4. Jack
  5. Duke
  6. Loki
  7. Charlie
  8. Finn
  9. Buddy
  10. Koda

For Females

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Lucy
  4. Stella
  5. Sadie
  6. Daisy
  7. Bailey
  8. Nala
  9. Maggie
  10. Kona

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. Texas, United States
  3. Washington, United States
  4. Florida, United States
  5. Colorado, United States
  6. North Carolina, United States
  7. New York, United States
  8. Ohio, United States
  9. Pennsylvania, United States
  10. Georgia, United States

German Shepherd Dogs on Embark

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    Brandi

    Brandi

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    Apollo Lynch

    Apollo Lynch

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