The German Shepherd Story
COURAGE • LOYALTY • INTELLIGENCE • VERSATILITY
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 (
In the waning years of the 1800s, a German cavalry officer, Captain
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
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
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
"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
German Shepherds are great candidates for guide dogs, seizure alert dogs, mobility
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
The German Shepherd Dog is ideal for an active/working
GSD Show Dogs
This is a great sport for those who love competition and are interested in the