About the German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most popular breed of dogs.  German Shepherds are often described at the "Total Dog" due to their versatility and intelligence. 

The breed is so intelligent and learns so readily that it has been used as a working dog in a variety of areas:  sheepdog, guard in police work, as a guide for the blind, in search and rescue service and in the military. His fine nose can sniff out drugs and intruders and alert handlers to the presence of underground mines in time to avoid detonation, or gas leaks in pipes buried 15 feet underground. The German Shepherd also excels in many other dog activities and sports including: schutzhund, tracking, obedience, agility, flyball, ring sport and much, much more. In addition to all of that, the German Shepherd is also a popular show dog and family companion. 

Breed History

Max von Stephanitz is credited for developing the breed in Germany in 1889. He was a career cavalry officer and spent some time serving at the Veterinary College in Berlin. Here he gained valuable knowledge about biology, anatomy, and the science of movement all of which he later applied to the breeding of dogs.

Find a German Shepherd

Making the decision to adopt a German Shepherd should be a well thought out process that will ensure the best outcome for you, your family and the puppy. A well bred and trained German Shepherd can be a joy to own. The information provided here will help you to decide if this is the right breed for you.

Health and Research

Both breeders and puppy buyers want their puppies to be healthy, happy and live a long life.  Breeders are aware that the risks of inherited health issues can be reduced through careful selection of dogs for breeding, and the use of breed statistics and screening for parents of litters. Purebred dogs of all kinds have hereditary problems and the German Shepherd is no exception.

Breed Statistics

The GSDCC Inc. collects information aimed at helping its membership both novice and experienced to make decisions about breeding and purchasing puppies.  Breeding an excellent litter depends on the ability to make informed decisions about breeding choices, and examining pedigrees for strengths and weaknesses of various bloodlines being considered.  The statistics provided here are just one tool in the huge arsenal available to breeders and puppy buyers.

Articles of Interest

There is a wealth of information out there about the German Shepherd visit the articles section to view some of material that the GSDCC thinks will be of great value to you in learning about the breed.