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Types of German Shepherd By Ken Marlborough
Training Your German Shepherd By Ken Marlborough One of the best ways to keep your German Shepherd healthy is by training them.
Finding the Right Dog From German Shepherd Rescues By Jan Ryan
German Shepherd Dog Training Methods By Dean Iggo
German Shepherd Advice By Ken Marlborough German Shepherds are easy to please and train, and they are one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs out there.
German Shepherd Pedigree By Ken Marlborough The German shepherd’s pedigree evolves from two bloodlines, work and show. The German Shepherd By Michael Russell As their name implies, German Shepherds were bred as herding dogs. As such they were bred to work closely with people and to control large moving masses. Herding dogs were bred to work and need work; if you don't provide them with it they will find their own work to do. Also bred to think independently at times, these dogs can be smart problem solvers.
Dealing With German Shepherd Problems By Jan Ryan If you do not have time to dedicate to training a German Shepherd then do not get a German Shepherd.
German Shepherds 101 By Ken Marlborough Owning a German Shepherd can be lots of fun. Because of their intelligence, playful nature, and loyalty, they can become your best friend or a beloved family member. If ever you are interested in getting one and have no idea where to start, then here are some tips to help you.
German Shepherd FAQs By Ken Marlborough What are the common health problems for German Shepherd dogs? German Shepherds are prone to elbow and hip dysplasia and are also prone to bloating. There is also a considerable number of them who develop Von Willebrand's disease and skin allergies. The average life span for the German Shepherd dog is 12 years.
Nutrition for German Shepherds By Ken Marlborough Keeping your precious German Shepherds alive and healthy can be very hard if you are unaware of the right diet you should give them. The nutritional intake of dogs differ from breed to breed. Here are some tips to help you keep your loving companion strong and active.
Looking At German Shepherd Allergies By Jan Ryan German Shepherds, like any other living animal, can develop allergies to things around them.
German Shepherd Dog Food Recipes By Charlene Nuble German shepherds live a very active life. Most of the time, it pays for a dog to have his doggone days to be filled with gourmet meals!
How to Groom for Your German Shepherd By Moses Wright The German Shepherd is deceptive as many might think that the heavy double layered coat needs additional care. In actual fact, less grooming is needed than expected.
German Shepherd Dogs - Is It Possible To Have A Top Breed Specimen That Can Also Win Working Trials? By Dennis Fisher
German Shepherd Puppies Are Prone To Ear Infections By Jan Ryan German Shepherd puppies for sale can be located on the Internet. However, you must do your homework and research the breed before looking at any German Shepherd puppies for sale.
German Shepherd Puppy Training By Arland Kent After getting your German Shepherd puppy, you soon might want to think about doing some German Shepherd puppy training.
The Pros and Cons of German Shepherd Dog Ownership By Tracy Falbe The decision to adopt any dog must be considered seriously, especially if you are thinking about a large breed dog such as the German Shepherd.
How German Shepherd Dogs Can Avoid The Fatal Toxic Gut Syndrome By Sylvia Dickens German Shepherd Dogs are at high risk of developing a life-threatening disease called Toxic Gut Syndrome. Within a matter of a few hours after the condition begins, your dog could die.
German Shepherd Dog - A Guide to the Breed By Steve Batchelor
German Shepherds: The Versatile Working Dogs By Michael Russell
German Shepherd Facts and Information The German Shepherd Dog (GSD), is a breed of dog originally bred for herding sheep. There are various other names for this dog such as Alsatian (which originated out of Anti-German sentiment during WWI) and simply German Shepherd. Today, based on 2006 Kennel Club figures, German Shepherd Dogs are one of the most popular breeds in the UK, with 12,857 registrations and also one of the most popular breeds in the United States with 43,575 registrations. They can be found working as guide dogs for the blind or disabled, police work, guarding, search and rescue, therapy and in the military. Despite their suitability for such work, German Shepherds can also make loyal and loving pets inside the home. They enjoy being around people and other animals, although socialization is critical for young puppies in order to prevent aggressive and dangerous behavior as an adult. German Shepherds are well-suited to obedience, with advanced and prestigious titles available to test both the handler and dog in various Schutzhund trials.
Exact standards for the breed vary by country and organization, but the following criteria are generally part of the definition. The German Shepherd Dog is a large and strong dog, typically between 75 and 110lbs, but have been known to reach 150+lbs. The height for males is typically 24 - 26in (60 - 65cm); for females it is 22 - 24in (55 - 60cm). The fur is a double-coat (under coat and outer coat). While some organizations accept long-haired German Shepherds, short-haired dogs are typically (and historically) preferred. German Shepherds are easily identifiable by their large head, ears which stand straight up, wedge-shaped muzzle and compact legs. They also have a distinctive gait, as well as other breed-specific features. Disqualifications for conformation-line dogs include white nails, a nose which isn't all-black, a muzzle which isn't predominantly black, non-erect ears, and very light-toned eyes.
Appearance in working versus show lines In Germany, Conformation line dogs are bred to not only proper physical appearance, but must also have working instincts (herding, prey drive) They are bred to conform to the published breed standards for appearance, health and workability, hence the strict rules of the German SV Schaeferhunde Verein for dogs in their Pink Paper breeding program to be titled and Küred (critiqued by a Judge). However, because they are bred for Conformation/beauty, these dogs are most often found as quality pets, in breeder environments, and in sport (Schutzhund, IPO, AKC agility) and as volunteer Search and Rescue dogs. Working line German Shepherds are typically excluded from the show ring, as most don't conform to the current interpretion of the breed standard for physical appearance. These dogs are bred to have an enduring work drive, and unwavering obedience. Of critical importance is the dog's ability to distinguish what constitutes a threat and what does not constitute a threat. Dogs that cannot make that distinction are eliminated from police and military programs. Extremely well-suited for police and military work, these dogs are less suitable as pets for home environments, unless the owners are familiar with their dog's abilities and needs. Working line dogs are now employed in many police departments and government organizations across the globe such as the UK Police Service and the Metropolitan Counter Terrorism Command in the United Kingdom, and the ATF, the U.S. Marshals, and Customs in the USA. Working line dogs are frequently found in sport and as volunteer search and rescue dogs.
Appearance in national breed lines A German Shepherd puppy. The ears do not stand erect until several weeks or months of age, and go through phases of both-ears-down, one-ear-up, etc., until then. A German Shepherd puppy. The ears do not stand erect until several weeks or months of age, and go through phases of both-ears-down, one-ear-up, etc., until then. There are typically four recognized breed lines. The West German Lines contain both working and conformation lines and are the most well known of the various lines. The split between the working line and conformation line bred dogs has affected this line also. The confirmation line specializing in beauty while the working line dogs are targeted towards performance and working related activities. The DDR lines. In the former East Germany, German Shepherds adhered more closely to the old pre-war standard, marked by a straighter back, a longer and denser coat, and a darker color. The government sponsored breeding program fell when the wall fell thus there are no longer any true DDR dogs being bred although there are current attempts to preserve this distinct line amongst certain breeders. The Eastern European lines were very similar to the DDR lines due to the close contact between the former Eastern Bloc countries. Czech and Slovak dogs are often prized for working applications. Although many are attempting to preserve this line type the government sponsored breeding programs fell when these countries broke from communism similar to the DDR dogs. Most Czech dogs had their origins in the government kennels of Z Pohranicni straze (z PS), Z Jirkova dvora CS and Z Blatenskeho zamku. One of the most prolific kennels Z Pohranicni straze (Z PS) was founded in the year 1955 for the strict purpose of production and training of the dogs that would be solely used for the protection of Czechoslovakian People's Republic's, since 1968 Czechoslovakian Socialist Republic's borders. The majority of these dogs were acquired from former East Germany. The American lines are recognized by AKC and the UKC, and they have a noticeably different appearance from the international conformation-line (German line) German Shepherds. The most obvious difference is the sloping back and "collapsed" hips, which is a disqualification for dogs in international competitions. This has led to the creation of the Shiloh Shepherd in the United States, which was originally a line of German shepherd whose breeder did not favor that feature in the American lines and wanted to preserve the way the breed originally looked. German Shepherd Breed Types with photos Variant sizes and coats There are many color variations. For conformation-line dogs, the most common ones are black-and-tan and black-and-red. Combinations containing very light hues such as cream are typically considered faulty. All-black is usually, but not always, accepted. A white German Shepherd is automatically disqualified from the AKC, but is fully recognized as a pure bred dog by the UKC. Working-line dogs are typically sable, solid black, bi-color, or black-and-red. There are several different color-marking patterns. For conformation-line dogs, the "saddle" marking is probably the most well-known. This consists of a large black patch on the upper and mid back, extending partway down the dog's sides. The "sable" marking, which consists of one color with randomly-sized and -shaped patches or swaths of different-colored hair mixed in, is typical for working-line dogs. Some sable-pattern dogs have three colors in their coat; this is called agouti. The other popular marking is called "bi-color", and consists of a dog that is all one color (typically black) save for differently-colored paws and lower legs, and sometimes a swath on the belly. Some groups or breeders have focused on variants of the breed that are not recognized by most kennel clubs as standard show German Shepherds. White Shepherds or Berger Blanc Suisse are recognized as a separate breed. Long-coated German Shepherds Dogs with the long haired coat variation look somewhat like the Tervuren type of Belgian Shepherd Dog. The long hair gene is recessive. Popular myth holds that long-haired GSDs (sometimes called "fuzzies") are more affectionate, but there is little evidence for this beyond owner impressions. Long coats can come in two variations, both with an undercoat and without. Without the undercoat they have very little weather protection, but those longhairs with it fair as well as their shorthaired companions, just with longer hair on the outside. Kennel club treatment of long-haired German Shepherds varies. It is considered a fault under American Kennel Club and FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale, i.e. International Canine Federation) standards. Under other standards, such as Germany and the United Kingdom, long-haired German Shepherds are actively bred, registered, and shown, and specialized long-haired breeders exist. There is also a variation known as 'long, stock-haired German Shephard'; stock hair isn't registered directly as a fault and such dogs are able to participate. White coat The recessive gene for white coat hair was fixed in the German Shepherd Dog breed DNA by the late 19th and early 20th century German breeding program that extensively used "color coated" dogs that carried a recessive gene for "white coats." The maternal grandfather of Horand von Grafrath, the first entry "SZ 1" in the SV Stud Book, was a white-coat German shepherding dog named Greif von Sparwasser. White was designated a disqualifying conformation fault by the SV (German Shepherd Club of Germany) in the 1933 and by the German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA) and the German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada (GSDCC)in the mid-1960's. Temperament German Shepherds are highly intelligent and agile dogs, with a strong work drive. They are often deployed in various roles such as police, guarding, search and rescue, therapy, service-dog, and in the military applications. The breed has a personality marked by direct, fearless willingness to protect what it considers its "den" (i.e. house, car, and property in a home situation) and "pack" (i.e. human family in a home situation). It is poised, but when the occasion demands, eager and alert; both fit and willing to serve in its capacity as a companion, watchdog, guide dog for people who are blind, herding dog, or guardian, whichever the circumstances may demand. Proper socialization as a puppy is one of the two key factors which determines what a dog's temperament will be as an adult. Genetics is the other. They go hand-in-hand; a dog with certain genetics cannot be trained to be stable and friendly, and by the same token the genetics most fit for training are meaningless if the dog is not well-socialized as a puppy. The "ideal" German Shepherd should be alert and fearless in defense of its den and pack, but loving and non-aggressive within the home environment. Health As is common of many large breeds, German Shepherds are susceptible to elbow and hip dysplasia. Proper breeding is needed to breed these traits out of their dogs, so that the dog may enjoy a pain-free life and stay suited for work situations. These breeders typically require that their puppies' hips and elbows be x-rayed, and the x-rays approved and certified by the OFA when the puppy is fully-grown (age 2), in order for the puppy to be allowed to be bred. Other health problems sometimes occurring in the breed are von Willebrand's disease, skin allergies and canine degenerative myelopathy. German Shepherds, like all large bodied dogs, are also prone to bloat. They have an average lifespan of 10-12 years. German Shepherds are also prone to pancreas deficiency, which is where the pancreas stops creating enzymes & the animal is unable to pass any faeces. There is medication available , but it is not 100% effective. Unfortunately, it does not cure the problem, and the treatment is fairly expensive. Other illness that may occur are: Panosteitis-(definition from AKC encyclopedia) Excessive formation of bone growth or different maturity around some joints on young dogs resulting in intermittent lameness Cauda equina syndrome-Group of neurological signs resulting from compression of the spinal nerves of the lumbosacral region. Pyotraumatic dermatitis-(no definition) Malignant neoplasms-(no definition) Pannus(chronic superficial keratitis)- Potentially blinding inflammation of the cornea,including abnormal growth of vascularized pigmant over cornea. Name The proper English name for the breed is German Shepherd Dog (a literal translation from the German Deutscher Schäferhund) but they are usually informally referred to as GSDs or as "German Shepherds". In addition, the sobriquet police dog is used in many countries where the GSD is the predominant or exclusive breed used by the police force. Anti-German sentiment was still high in the wake of World War I (1914 - 1918), and change of German-oriented names in the UK - including that of the Royal Family - were common at the time when a few dogs were taken to Britain and the United States. In 1919, the English Kennel Club gave the breed a separate register. Since it was feared that the name German Shepherd Dog could be an impediment, the name Alsatian wolf dog was introduced, from Alsace, a traditionally German-speaking French area on the west bank of the Rhine which had been annexed by the German Empire in 1870 but restored to France in 1918. The 'wolf dog' part was dropped shortly thereafter for fear of causing undue criticism of the breed. This name is still occasionally used in the United Kingdom, Italy and the Republic of Ireland. History The German Shepherd breed was invented by "Captain Max" von Stephanitz in 1899. His first German Shepherd, named Horand von Grafrath, is the genetic basis for the German Shepherd as we know it today. The German Shepherd was originally conceived as a sheep-herding dog, hence its name. Throughout the years, the specific working drives of tracking, obedience, and protection have been intentionally highlighted in the breed by selective breeding, making German Shepherds very well-suited for active working environments. German Shepherds first came to the attention of the British authorities at the beginning of the 20th century where they were already being used extensively by German forces on the Western front during the first world war. Titling/competitions There are many prestigious titles available for German Shepherds, covering everything from conformation to herding abilities. Schutzhund trials were invented for evaluation German Shepherds, and measure the dogs' abilities in the areas of protection, tracking, and obedience. Most world-class conformation dogs are titled to the 2nd or 3rd (which is the highest) level of Schutzhund before they're bred. Scent-work The German Shepherd dog is one of the most widely-used breeds in a wide variety of scent-work roles. These include search and rescue, cadaver searching, narcotics detection, explosives detection, accelerant detection, and mine detection dog, amongst others. Appearances in films and on television * Rin Tin Tin, a German Shepherd dog, was considered to be one of Hollywood's top stars during the 1920's and 30's. At the peak of his career, Rin-Tin-Tin received as many as 10,000 fan letters a week. * Strongheart, also known as Etzel von Oeringen, was the first German Shepherd with name-above-the-title billing in a film. He starred in an adaptation of White Fang, released in 1925, and The Return of Boston Blackie, released in 1927. * In the 1966-1970 Polish World War II mini series Czterej pancerni i pies a German Shepherd Dog named 'Szarik' is part of a Polish tank crew fighting back the German army. * In a 1972 film version of Jack London's book, The Call of the Wild, which starred Charlton Heston. * The Littlest Hobo was a live-action popular television series in the 1980's airing on CTV in Canada. It featured a German Shepherd that travelled from place to place, performing some good deed, and then moving on. * Koton, a German Shepherd and a real life police dog, starred as Jerry Lee, a police dog, in the 1989 movie K-9. * From 1994 to 2005, the Austrian television show Kommissar Rex, (English Inspector Rex) featured a resourceful German Shepherd police dog. * The manga Ginga Nagareboshi Gin and its sequel, Ginga Densetsu Weed have many German Shepherd characters, including the very popular black-and-white Shepherd, Jerome, and Gin's right-hand dog, John. * In the 2000 film The Cell, the antagonist of the film, a serial killer, owns an unusual, albino colored German Shepherd named Valentine, played by a dog named Tim. * In the 2007 film I Am Legend, a female German Shepherd named Abbey plays Sam (short for 'Samantha'), the companion of main character Robert Neville (played by Will Smith). * Charlie B. Barkin, voiced by Burt Reynolds, from the 1989 animated film All Dogs go to Heaven. * In the 2005 film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Jean Girard's husband is a world trainer of German Shepherds.
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