With handsome noble good looks, the German Shepherd was the original K9 movie star, but from the silver screen to the silver stars German Shepherds lead the way as police dogs. Experts estimate that the breed counts over 8000 deputy dogs. Here are some interesting facts about German Shepherds.
German Shepherds are just fearless; they would be the first dog to take a bullet for you.
19 Interesting Facts about German Shepherds
- German army captain Max Von Stephanitz first registered a German shepherd in Germany in 1899. The dog was a result of careful breeding to develop an ideal service dog; the Captain’s motto was utility and intelligence.
- The German shepherd was almost immediately put to wide use; they were also one of Hitler’s dogs serving the German Army in World War 1 and WW2.
- Americans were very impressed by the bravery of the dog and brought many of them home but Hollywood loved the handsome breed and the German shepherds pawed their way on the Silver Screen.
- German Shepherds are very athletic, extremely intelligent and you can train them to do almost anything.
- The German shepherd is bred with a double-layered coat, which makes them a very good all-weather type of dog,
- German Shepherd color varieties includes the standard black and tan, all black and in recent years even in white.
- This breed also has pointed alert ears, although as puppies their years are usually floppy.
- They have a very impressive and wolf type long Muzzle, with the capability to exert up to 238 pounds of pressure
- The German shepherd has a bite that is second only to the Rottweiller in power.
- German shepherd dogs shed a lot, and it is said that if you brush them every 15 minutes, they will still shed each time.
- The real name of German Shepherds is Deutsche Schaferhund, which is a German name.
- This breed has become the second most popular breed in the USA.
- They need lots of mental and physical exercise, experts says they need more mental exercise than a human child.
- In 1922 RIN TIN TIN first popularized the breed in U.S.
- German shepherd is the only dog that has been starring in 27 Hollywood Films.
- They tend to be a one man breed and are extremely loyal to one person.
- A German shepherd named Captain in Argentina has stood guard at his owner’s grave for the past 7 years creating an extraordinary example of Loyalty and Love.
- A GSD named “BUDDY” was the first guide dog.
- The breed can live up to 12 years, or we can say that they live 74-80 Dog Years.