About the German Shepherd

When well trained German Shepherds can be even tempered, self-assured, vigilant, docile and highly intelligent. This long list of qualities makes them good companions and protectors, and excellent guarding and herding dogs.

German Shepherds are driven by their motivation to work. They can become a dominant figure in their owners’ lives but German Shepherd training is easy, given the time and attention they need. This breed should receive significant daily mental and physical stimulation, with its high exercise requirement and need to learn.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

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FCI Group 1, AKC Herding Group
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Large
Avg life expectancy
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Even-tempered / Confident / Loving / Resilient / Protective / Lively / Obedient

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  • Makes a versatile working dog
  • Needs a lot of physical and mental exercise
  • Makes a great family dog

Origins of the breed

The German Shepherd was originally bred from the herding dogs of central and southern Germany.

Methodical breeding commenced once the first breed association was founded in 1889, with the goal of producing an energetic, versatile, high-achieving working dog.