German Shepherds

The German Shepherd Story

GSD Pets

Is a GSD right for our family?

The German Shepherd dog is an intelligent, active, energetic breed of dog. GSDs are typically not suitable for people or families new to dog ownership. GSDs are ideal for an experienced, active home willing to dedicate a lot of time to care, socialization, training and exercise!

They are usually very easy to train and willing to learn, but that same intelligence can focus on destructive or bad behavior if you do not offer the guidance and an outlet for their energy.


The German Shepherd Dog (Deutshe Schäferhund) descends from the family of German herding dogs that, until the late 19th century, varied in type from district to district.

In the waning years of the 1800s, a German cavalry officer, Captain Max Von Stephanitz, made it his mission to develop the ideal German herder. Von Stephanitz and like-minded breeders crossed various strains from the northern and central districts of Germany, resulting in the ancestors of today’s German Shepherd Dog (GSD).

Von Stephanitz co-founded the world’s first club devoted to GSDs and spent 35 years promoting and refining the breed. Today, the GSD’s versatility is so thoroughly deployed in the performance of myriad tasks that it is easy to forget that the breed was originally created to herd sheep. The GSD’s now-famous qualities—intelligence, agility, speed, stealth, and the overall air of firm authority—were forged not in the police academy but in the sheep pasture.

GSDs became popular in the United States in the early 1900s, thanks in part to the adventures of canine movie stars Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart. The GSD is among those German breeds that suffered from anti-German sentiment during and after the world wars. In World War I–era Britain, the breed was referred to as the Alsatian, a name many British dog lovers still prefer.

With the rise of modern livestock management and the decline of herding as a canine occupation, Von Stephanitz shrewdly promoted his breed as an ideal K-9 worker. The GSD is today the preferred dog for police and military units the world over.

The versatility of these dogs are so great they can be trained for anything from a herder, a show dog, to a K-9.


"The most striking feature of the correctly bred German Shepherd are firmness of nerves, attentiveness, unshockability, tractability, watchfulness, reliability and incorruptibility together with courage, fighting tenacity, and hardness." 

~ Captain Max von Stephanitz 

GSD Service Dogs

The German Shepherd is a loyal, intelligent breed of dog that is dedicated to its handler, loves to work, is easy to train and is very versatile. This incredible versatility means the German Shepherd dog can fulfill a wide variety of roles and do many different kinds of  jobs for their handler. 

German Shepherds are great candidates for guide dogs, seizure alert dogs, mobility
assistance and so much more. Stable temperament, strong nerves and the drive to work are important traits of a successful service dog.


GSD Working Dogs

The German Shepherd Dog is a versatile working dog, capable of being successful with different sports, activities and jobs. As a working breed, a German Shepherd dog is happiest when given something to do. Whether that is a dog sport, service work or being included in family activities - this breed thrives when provided with proper physical and mental stimulation. Since the German Shepherd Dog is such an athletic and intelligent breed, it would be a shame not to utilize their abilities or provide the proper stimulation for a dog of this caliber.

The German Shepherd Dog is ideal for an active/working
home , and thrives in an environment where one appreciates the history and purpose of the breed. The German Shepherd makes a phenomenal family companion, but as a working breed they thrive when they are active and given a 
job to do.


GSD Show Dogs

The German Shepherd dog can be entered in  dog shows at the Canadian Kennel Club, American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club and the German SV show ring. Conformation judges a dog's structure and movement and involves stacking and trotting the dog within a designated show ring.

This is a great sport for those who love competition and are interested in the
conformation of the German Shepherd dog.