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German Shepherds come from a long lineage of hard-working dogs. With Italian herd dog origins, the Bergamasco Shepherd and the Cane Paratore are their forefathers. German Shepherds were bred by the 1850s, just in time for the standardization of dog breeds. As they became more popular, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized them as a breed in 1908. Since then, German Shepherds have climbed the ladder of canine royalty. More than 100 years later, they’ve become aristocratic as the third-most favorite dog breed in the country, according to AKC.

If you’re looking for more information about your perfect pooch or are hoping to adopt a German Shepherd, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite facts about German Shepherds!

German Shepherd Personality

German Shepherds are known for their dynamic personalities. Their history and hereditary traits make them versatile. With their inherited herding instincts and a strong sense of responsibility, they are excellent working dogs. Many German Shepherds have roles as therapy dogs or in the police force. While they can perform serious work, they’re also nurturing and affectionate, making them perfect for the family.

German Shepherd Health

Because of their athletic build and strong muscles, German Shepherds tend to be healthy dogs. One thing to keep in mind is that some are often at risk for elbow and hip dysplasia. These conditions are hereditary and come from breeding German Shepherds for certain desirable features. While not all German Shepherds will have this condition, keep an eye on his health and take him to the veterinarian for regular checkups.

German Shepherd Care & Keeping

German Shepherds love staying active. In addition to cuddles, their favorite part of the day is going for walks or playing outside. If she isn’t getting enough activity, you’ll be the first to know. When you take her out, the benefits are mutual — you’ll motivate each other to stay fit and have fun while doing it.

In addition to exercise, German Shepherds are known for their thick, furry coats. While they may look majestic, they’re known shedders, leaving clumps of fur all over your house. Groom him once a week to a month for shedding control. It will keep his coat shiny and beautiful, too.

German Shepherd Fun Facts

  • German Shepherds have many names. Some refer to them as Alsatians, while others call them Berger Allemands. Their German name is Deutscher Schäferhund.
  • Dogs are 10,000 times better at smelling than humans, so when we say German Shepherds are one of the best sniffers, we mean it. This is why they often help with search-and-rescue and similar scent-centric jobs.
  • While German Shepherds from breeders can be expensive, ranging up to $800, they’re often waiting for adoption at shelters. Always try to rescue and find forever homes for sweet pooches like German Shepherds.

At Dog Day, Every Day!, we love German Shepherds! We provide services for their every need. Our professional groomers will give them the perfect spa treatment with a bath and brush. Add-ons like the Shed-Less Treatment remove excess hair, helping them shed less. Our doggie daycare gives them an outlet for their playful energy and the opportunity to socialize with new friends. Become a member and bring your pup in today! For more pet care tips and our latest updates, check us out on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest!