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15 Things You Didn’t Know About The German Shepherd Dog

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.

Image source:  @GuineaFowlFlock via Flickr
Image source: @GuineaFowlFlock via Flickr

#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)

Image source: @Michael via Flickr
Image source: @Michael via Flickr

#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)

Image source: "Max von Stephanitz" by Anonymous - GermanShepherdSETC.com. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Image source: “Max von Stephanitz” by Anonymous – GermanShepherdSETC.com. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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