Think you know this breed? Here are fifteen facts you may not know about the amazing German Shepherd Dog.
#1 – Why it’s called the GSD
The German Shepherd Dog is one of the few breeds who official name includes the word “dog.” Why? So people knew when you were talking about a German shepherd human, who tends the livestock, or the dog helping him.
#2 – Schutzhund
This sport was developed in the 1900’s specifically for the German Shepherd Dog. According the United Schutzhund Clubs of America, “It was designed to test the natural instincts of the breed and to weed out the dogs that were either unstable or untrainable.” (www.germanshepherddog.com)
#3 – Max von Stephanitz
Do you know this name? You should – he’s considered the “father of the GSD breed.” In 1889 he started to standardize a breed of shepherd dogs after seeing a “medium-sized yellow-and-gray wolflike dog” that caught his attention. (www.gsdca.org)