Medium length, straight, dense
Black, gray, tan, gold
Intelligent, responsive and consistent
German Shepherds are often trained as
Police dogs, due to their trainability, size,
work drive, and general appearance which
The German Shepherd Dog is a strong, agile, well muscled dog, alert and full of life.
The fur is a double-coat and can be either short or long haired. Although the black and
tan may be most recognizable, German Shepherds come in a variety of colors and
The German Shepherd Dog is extremely intelligent and makes a wonderful companion,
show or obedience dog. The German Shepherd is exceptionally trainable and works
well as a police, guide, or search and rescue dog. The German Shepherd is one breed
that becomes truly bonded to their family and may suffer from separation anxiety when
apart from their people.
The German Shepherd dates back to as early as the 7th Century AD. German Shepherd
roots are in the mountain sheepdog of Germany. About 1880 the German army
modified this breed for work as a military dog. The first German Shepherd exhibit was in
1882 in Hanover. Credit for the formation of the modern breed is given to German
fancier Rittmeister von Stephanitz.