Dogs make excellent additions to the family. Different breeds of dogs have different characteristics and traits which can sometimes make picking out a dog, especially if it’s your first dog, somewhat challenging. First, you have to consider your living situation and environment, the amount of exercise you’re able to give to your dog throughout the day, and whether or not you have young children. Next may be apprearance and size. Some people prefer large dogs, while others prefer small, Some people want a dog with loads of fluffy fur, while others prefer short haired dogs. If you’re looking for a large sized dog that is extremely trainable and intelligent, I would recommend a German Shepherd. These dogs are so well behaved and manageble, that it will be sure to make bringing a dog into your family a memorable and posititive experience, and you will have a wonderful companion for the life of your dog.
The German Shepherd is the second most popular dog. The breed ranks in the top 3 of most intelligent dogs. They are absolutely brilliant and are one of the easiest to train dog breeds. The German Sheperd is kind and gentle, and is one of the best child-friendly dogs around. They are highly adaptable, and they make a perfect watchdog. German Shepherds only bark when necessary. They are highly obedient, and they are eager to please. This breed is considered a working dog. Their origin is in Germany, and they are actually a somewhat newer dog breed dating back to 1899. Because of their high intelligence level, train-ability, and obedient nature, the German Shepherd is a top choice for the K9 Unit of Police Departments. They are commonly used on search and rescue missions, sniffing out drugs and weapons, and other department duties as well. The dog has a double coat of medium length and is rather bushy.
Daily brushing and combing should be done each day to prevent matting of the fur. The German shepherd can adapt to apartment living if necessary provided they are given adequate exercise, but the breed prefers and does better with a large yard and room to roam. This is considered a large dog breed weighing 7785 lbs and standing 2226 inches tall. Their lifespan is 1013 years. While German Shepherds are all a part of the same breed and have very similar traits and temperaments, there are some differences as well. There are three different types of German Shepherds which are American Show Lines, German Show Lines, and European Working Lines.
This is just a classification that these dog are put into depending on how they were bred and what they were originally bred for. However, most German Shepherds are just pets, and showing them is not the majority of their purpose.
Types Of German Shepherds:
American Show Line
This title just means that the dog was originally bred for show. They are the ones that you see at the Westminister Dog Show and similar dog shows and contests. They’re evaluated and awarded based on their overall appearance, size, color, structure, and movement. During breeding, these American Show Line German Shepherds were bred with a concentration on their looks. Looks that would win them a dog show competition. This type of German Shepherd has less of its working ability, and is usually more laid back and has lower energy.
German Show Lines
This line is less like the American Show Line in that the dog hasn’t lost most of its working ability and is more similar to a working dog than a show dog, even though it meets the qualifications of a show dog. The dog has the desired color, size, structure, movement, and overall appearance to be considered a show dog. The German Show Dogs, because a lot of their physical working traits were left alone, are more healthy than the American Show Line dogs. They have higher energy, and many are used for service dog work.
These lines were bred for working and physical ability, and not for show. Colors, markings, and looks were not taken into consideration when breeding this line. The overall health of the dog is better than the show lines, and the dog is more active and has a higher level of energy than do their show dog counterparts. They are strong and balanced dogs, and traits like drive and courage are preferred.
It’s important to realize though, that these are all German Shepherds no matter which, if any, line they were bred for. If you’re not planning on using your dog for show, and he happens to come from the show line, the dog will most likely adapt to his lifestyle, and the way he was originally bred won’t play much of a role in his life. German Shepherds make great pets and I strongly recommend this breed if you want a gentle, well mannered, loving dog that is behaved enough and intelligent enough to partake in many different activities a long side of you.