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  • April 8, 2018
  • Posted by editor
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As the second most popular dog breed in America, and one of the most popular globally, German Shepherds certainly are exceptional. While all dogs are lovable, there’s something special about a German Shepherd that makes breed enthusiasts want no other type of dog. Here’s just a few of the reasons why:

1. Every German Shepherd is breathtaking.

At the dog park, at dog conformation shows, and on the street, German Shepherds always stand out. That unmistakable saddleback coat is easy for most people to recognize, even those who do not consider themselves to be “dog people.” A German Shepherd carries himself proudly, like a wolf, and has a graceful gait you wouldn’t expect from a dog their size.

2. German Shepherds are deeply loyal.

Like most herding breeds, the German Shepherd has an unwavering focus on their job – for most, this might just be keeping a protective watch over their family. They don’t rush to make friends with everyone they meet, though they’ll happily warm up to good people once they’ve passed the “German Shepherd Sniff Test.”

3. German Shepherds are problem solvers.

They easily pick up any activity or trick with the right training. What’s most impressive about the German Shepherd’s intelligence is that they are able to use it independently to solve problems in their environment. Many learn to open doors, get into cabinets, and even undo the lock on their crate when given enough time to use their incredible brainpower. It comes in handy when they’re given plenty of jobs and activities to put that brain to use, and can result in naughtiness if they’re left with nothing to do.

4. They’re total drama queens.

Most people think German Shepherds are tough, even scary, but you know better. Your German Shepherd is a big baby, especially when it comes to pooping outside in the rain, or hearing a clap of thunder outdoors.

German Shepherds quickly pick up on which behaviors are the most effective at getting your attention, and you bet they’ll use them over and over again. When it’s time for dinner, you’ll know it because they’ll make a lot of noise, tipping at their empty bowl and looking at you expectantly as though to say, “Have you seen how empty my bowl is? It’s been hours since breakfast. HOURS.”

5. German Shepherds hear everything.

With those huge ears that they’ve taken two years to grow into, a German Shepherd picks up every sound in the house, from a door opening to the tiniest crinkle of a cheese wrapper. There’s no keeping secrets from a Shepherd, but the good news is, they’ll never narc on your late-night snacking, as long as you share a few choice bites.

6. They are great work out buddies!

German Shepherds can participate in almost any dog sport

Whether you’ve been curious about nosework, dock diving, agility or cani-cross, a German Shepherd is up for the challenge. Most don’t mind swimming, some love it, and they have more energy than many other types of dogs. They also learn quickly, and are motivated to do whatever it takes to please their favorite human.

If you have a German shepherd you know that you will never have to work out alone. Their energy and positive attitude will only motivate you to do more and try harder. But if you are working out in a gym where pets aren’t allowed, you can make sure your friend is with you by wearing an item with an illustration of your Shepherd.

7. A German Shepherd never forgets.

German Shepherds have incredible memories, quickly picking up on paths and trails that you normally take them for walks on. They never forget about their friends, and will greet you happily whether you’ve been gone for 9 minutes or 9 months. They’re also great at retaining tricks that they were taught years ago.

8. They’re extremely photogenic.

A German Shepherd always takes the most majestic photos, whether you’re at the top of the mountain or in front of a dumpster, they manage to make every photo look like the cover of an epic novel. If you don’t consider yourself a photographer when you first get a Shepherd, you’ll likely consider investing in a professional camera just so you can capture all of those captivating poses that just seem to come naturally to this dog.

9. They adore children.

When brought up as puppies around well-mannered children, German Shepherds make wonderful playmates for kids. Of course, kids should not be left unattended with them, and should be taught to treat them with respect. German Shepherds are protective of their kids as though they were their own, and many seem to have an instinct for being gentle around tiny people.

10. German Shepherds don’t get older – they get awesomer.

As they age, German Shepherds become more mellow, but they always have that warmth in their eyes that hold your heart forever.

Comments

  1. Gail Smith
    On November 12, 2017 at 5:03 pm, Gail Smith said:

    All 10 of these fit my beautiful girl to a tee!

  2. Joanne
    On November 28, 2017 at 8:29 pm, Joanne said:

    My first dog was a German Shepherd, his name was Sam. Sam was born on Easter Sunday (April 11, 1971), and passed away 8 years and eight months later, one week before Christmas (December 18, 1979). Sam lived for 8 years and 8 months and I can truly say those years were some of the most happiest, joyful and awesome years of my life having such an wonderful, fun, and incredibly amazing dog in my life. I truly believe he was a real Angel sent from Heaven. Sam was the sweetest precious jewel. Sam passed away 38 years ago and I still lovingly think of him every day, yes every single day. I remember sweet Sammy vividly, with so much love in my heart and so many beautiful and precious memories. Sam brought so much joy and happiness into my life. Sam was extremely loving, sweet, intelligent, friendly, loyal, faithful, fun, beautiful, gorgeous, regal, and special. A beautiful German Shepherd from his head to his tail. Everyone who met Sam fell in love with him. The children in the neighborhood would come to the door and ask if Sam could come out to play. Sam would walk the kids from the neighborhood to school to make sure they got there safely. Sam had a heart of pure solid gold, he was truly one in a million, indeed. I miss my beautiful boy very much. I can’t wait for that blessed day when I will be reunited with my beautiful Sammy in Heaven. Oh, that day will be soooo beautiful! Sammy, I love and miss you very, very much. Sammy, I’m sending my love and lots of kisses up to Heaven to you. Rest in Sweet Heavenly Peace, Sweetheart. Love Always, Mommy ♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️

  3. Joanne
    On November 28, 2017 at 8:29 pm, Joanne said:

    My first dog was a German Shepherd, his name was Sam. Sam was born on Easter Sunday (April 11, 1971), and passed away 8 years and eight months later, one week before Christmas (December 18, 1979). Sam lived for 8 years and 8 months and I can truly say those years were some of the most happiest, joyful and awesome years of my life having such an wonderful, fun, and incredibly amazing dog in my life. I truly believe he was a real Angel sent from Heaven. Sam was the sweetest precious jewel. Sam passed away 38 years ago and I still lovingly think of him every day, yes every single day. I remember sweet Sammy vividly, with so much love in my heart and so many beautiful and precious memories. Sam brought so much joy and happiness into my life. Sam was extremely loving, sweet, intelligent, friendly, loyal, faithful, fun, beautiful, gorgeous, regal, and special. A beautiful German Shepherd from his head to his tail. Everyone who met Sam fell in love with him. The children in the neighborhood would come to the door and ask if Sam could come out to play. Sam would walk the kids from the neighborhood to school to make sure they got there safely. Sam had a heart of pure solid gold, he was truly one in a million, indeed. I miss my beautiful boy very much. I can’t wait for that blessed day when I will be reunited with my beautiful Sammy in Heaven. Oh, that day will be soooo beautiful! Sammy, I love and miss you very, very much. Sammy, I’m sending my love and lots of kisses up to Heaven to you. Rest in Sweet Heavenly Peace, Sweetheart. Love Always, Mommy ♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️😘♥️

  4. Margaret
    On March 17, 2018 at 2:59 am, Margaret said:

    Loyal and very protective. You will never be alone with a GSD….get used to it! Mine has no idea of her size (88 lbs) and has no concept of space as she makes an attempt to sit on the loveseat beside me…halfway on top of me. While she is not around children on a regular basis, she is very gentle and interested in babies in strollers or toddlers we meet on our walks. Always wants to kiss them…I have twin grandsons and she knows how special they are to us. Always happy to see them and tolerant of their double curiosity over her tail, ears and 4 legs. Great family member.

  5. Cindy
    On May 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm, Cindy said:

    We had our first Shepherd for 11 yrs , best dog ever & almost human ! So loving, loyal & behaved better than most people! We lost him 1 week before Christmas 2017 & our hearts were broken , he was family & never be another like our Razz.

  6. Sonda
    On May 1, 2018 at 7:05 pm, Sonda said:

    I have had 8 shepherds with 2 of them being half wolf. I had 3 including 1 being shepherd / wolf at the same time with 3 growing children to play with. I never had to worry about my kids going outside to play. They were protected!! The dogs would bark if one of the kids left the yard. Great babysitters! The most loveable dog. But if they don’t like a person listen to them. They are great judges.

  7. Tina Barboza
    On August 16, 2018 at 10:32 pm, Tina Barboza said:

    I have a male unneutered, 5-year-old Shepherd, His name is Cash, He is 110 pounds. As a puppy, he was so sweet. You take the food right out of his mouth. Never chewed on anything he wasn’t supposed to. Never pulled or chewed on a leash and was socialized with many different people.
    He turned one year old he started biting people, never barked or snarled., just bite on the arm. We narrowed it down to when my fiance got ill this transpired. He became very protective, especially of me. (Female) He does not like anyone touching me and he nips. He really does not like someone taking substances or alcohol.
    I think he bit of a bully since his elder female golden bullied him as a puppy. She just passed, now he seems more mellow. He does not like water, at all, unless it is to drink. You can not even pour it into his dish without him backing up.
    So, I need help to learn how to get him into the tub without dragging him by the harness. Also, the most important thing is I want to be able to make he stay and not bite company, puppies or babies, even if they walk in the gate.
    I have taken hold and started to teach him to stay, but I am not sure if he will bite someone who shouldn’t be, but I want him to protect the home and us. I do not want to over correct.
    Help, Please.
    Tina

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