German Shepherd: Meet Your Furry Protector

The German Shepherd breed of dogs is considered as being instituted by Captain Max von Stephanitz during the late 19th century, and initially used to herd sheep, thus, its name. Through the years, the roles of these dogs have slightly changed through selective breeding. They are bred for particular jobs or working environments like obedience, tracking, and protection.

Based on the Kennel Club figures in 2006, German Shepherds are one of the well-known breeds in the US and in the UK. These breeds have proven their versatility in their tasks; they work as guide dogs for police, detective people, the blind, properties or possessions, guarding people, search and rescue parties, and many more. They are well-bred and though they perform well in the field, they are also loyal and loving pets inside the household. For puppies, early socialization is necessary so as not to exhibit threatening behavior as they grow older.

The personality of this breed of dogs bears an intrinsic will and courageous impulse to protect those it considers as territory or “den” such as, car, house, and property; and “pack”, that is, human family. The temperament of the German Shepherds is normally calm and poised, but when a certain situation calls, they turn out to be very alert in an instant, ready to guard and protect, and perform the coming task.

The German Shepherd breeds should be given with 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 cans of high-grade meaty products with the addition of biscuit in equal portion or 5 cupfuls of dry dog food containing vitamins and minerals.

This specific breed is the most perceptive, keen, and aware of its surroundings as well as person’s attitudes and dispositions. As a puppy, it must be able to socialize and be around with other animals and people. Failure to do this during its training as a puppy can cause sudden aggression or develop fear on people and environment.