Category: Herding Dogs
Facts about German Shepherd Dogs, "Scientific name for German Shepherd Dog, or domestic canine, is Canis lupus familiaris". The German Shepherd Dog is most commonly known for being a police, guard or military dog, however, this dependable breed is more than just a guard dog it is also a loving family companion or herder. Often used as a working dog, German Shepherd Dogs are courageous, keen, alert and fearless. Consistently one of the most popular breeds according to AKC® Registration
The German Shepherd Dog belongs in the Herding Group and in 1908 it was recognized by the (AKC) American Kennel Club. The German Shepherd Dog breed is approachable, direct and fearless, with a strong, muscular body, may be most colors, but most commonly is black and tan. The German Shepherd Dogs nose is most often black however, blue or liver still do sometimes occur, but is considered a fault and can not be shown.
The German Shepherd Dog originated in 1899 at Karlsruhe, Germany due to the efforts of Captain Max von Stephanitz and others. Derived from the old breeds of herding and farm dogs, the first German Shepherd Dog exhibited in America was in 1907.
Height: Dogs 24 to 26 inches (60 to 65 cm.)
Females 22 to 24 inches (55 to 60 cm.)
Weight: 77 to 85 pounds (35 to 40 kg.)
German Shepherd Dogs love strenuous activity, preferably combined with training of some kind, for the German Shepherd Dogs are very intelligent and crave a good challenge. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walks, jogs or runs.
The German Shepherd Dog breed sheds bits of hair constantly and is a seasonally heavy shedding dog. The German Shepherd Dog should be brushed daily or you will have hair all over your home. Bath your German Shepherd Dog only when necessary, over bathing can cause skin irritation from oil depletion. Check ears and trim claws regularly.
German Shepherd Dog Health Problems and General Issues: Learning about German Shepherd Dogs also means educating yourself on important health issues regarding this popular and enduring breed.
German Shepherds are prone to a number of common health ailments, such as the following: Cancer, Heart Issues, Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
German Shepherd Personality and Temperament: also a few more are Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, Allergies and Degenerative Myelopath.
German Shepherd Dogs are proud and noble dogs indeed, carrying themselves with a dignified manner, while being alert of their surroundings and cautious of strangers.
It's their well-balanced temperament and high intelligence that make German Shepherd Dogs such a versatile canine, performing a wide-range of duties and chores.
Rin Tin Tin, a pup found in a World War I battle zone, became the world's first canine movie star, forever marking the German Shepherd Dog as one of the most easily recognized breeds.
German Shepherd Dogs sweat glands are between their paw pads.
A German Shepherd Dog sees in color and have better low light vision. German Shepherd Dogs have three eyelids, a lower lid, an upper eyelid lid and a third lid, that is called a haw or nictitating membrane, this keeps the German Shepherd Dogs eye protected and moist. German Shepherd Dogs eyes have a special membrane for seeing better at night, called a tapetum lucidum - a dogs reflective layer in the choroid chiefly of nocturnal, causing the eyes to glow when light at night hits the eyes and they consist of some layers of smooth flat cells covered by a section of double deformed crystals
The German Shepherd Dog is highly intelligent and will not be content to live life as a couch potato. He's a dog of action, and he needs to live with an active person who will give him a job worthy of his talents.
German Shepherd Dogs have two times the amount of ear muscles than people. A German Shepherd Dogs can hear a sound at four times the distance of a human. Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz) Def-Hertz is the measurement of frequency, explicitly it's one cycle per second. The higher the Hertz are, the higher the pitched the sound is. German Shepherd Dogs hear best at 45,000 Hz to 65,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
German Shepherds love children and make great family dogs when they are given early socialization and training.
Most of us think of the German Shepherd Dog as a black and tan dog, but they can also be sable and solid black. German Shepherd Dogs with white, blue or liver-colored coats are frowned upon by breeders, so don't fall for marketing claims that those colors are "rare" and command a higher price.
When purchasing a German Shepherd Dog from a breeder, make sure to find a good breeder with references, check at least two to three of the puppies that were purchased from this breeder.
All dogs are identical in makeup big or small– 42 permanent teeth and 321 bones. German Shepherd Puppies have 28 teeth and when they become adult German Shepherd Dogs they have 42 teeth. Female German Shepherd Dogs are in heat for matting for about 20 days twice a year.
German Shepherd Puppies for their first few weeks will sleep ninety percent of the day and their vision is not fully developed until after the first month. Female German Shepherd Dogs are pregnant for 60 days before they’re puppies are born
Only humans and dogs have prostates, But a dog doesn't have an appendix.
German Shepherd Dog’s nose prints can be used to identify them, their nose prints are like a humans finger print. A German Shepherd Dog smells more than 1,000 times stronger than that of a human. A German Shepherd Dog’s nose, secretes a thin layer of mucous that helps it absorb scent, after that they lick their noses and sample the scent through their mouth.
Average body temperature for a German Shepherd Dog is between 101 to 102.5 degrees
A German Shepherd Dog is an omnivore, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). All Dogs are direct descendants of wolves.
The number one heath problems amongst German Shepherd Dogs is obesity, so always make sure your dog doesn't get to fat. Many foot problems that German Shepherd Dogs have are just an issue of long toenails.
German Shepherd Dogs pant to keep cool with 10 to 35 breaths per minute with an average of 24 breaths per minute. A large dog breed resting heart beats between 60 to 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats on average between 100 to 140 pant a lot.
A Dog’s mouth can apply approximately 150 to 200 pounds of pressure per square inch and an American Pit Bull Terrier, German Shepherd Dog and a rottweiler can have 320 LBS of pressure on avg.