According to the American Kennel Club, the Canadian Kennel club and the UK Kennel Club the German Shepherd Dog Breed has consistently placed a spot in the top list of most popular dogs. In spite of this popularity many people are not acquainted with the remarkable history of this dog.
It only dates back to 1899 as selectively and distinctly the Shepherd Breed. A one Mr. Horand Von Grafrath recognized the incredible intelligence of one particular Dog named Hektor and through selective and careful breeding, he was the first to declare the new German Shepherd Dog.
Because of its desirable traits, it quickly spread throughout Germany as the Working Dog of choice. Indeed, few dogs offer such Intelligence, Strength, Loyalty and, Ability to be trained as the German shepherd. In the United States you can thank the Hollywood Film Industry for Rin Tin Tin, a movie about a Hero Dog, and of-course he was a German shepherd. This 1922 film was so popular it earned this dog a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and the “rest”, as they say, “is history”. This Breed is so adaptable you will find it in wide variety of important services.
The fact that they are inherently loyal and protective has made them the most popular Guard Dog in the World. Their superior keen sense of smell accounts for their use as best sniffing Dogs for Drugs, Explosives, Cadavers, Buried Survivors and, tracking. Their ability to be trained for specific tasks makes them the leader in service Dogs for the Disabled.
As a family pet it can be as kind, loving, and gentle as any other breed if it is raised as a puppy for this role. However, it can be trained as a powerful aggressive Attack Dog and this makes them perfect for the use by the Police and Military. Much like a human child, as a puppy, it will grow up to be what it is trained to be. Because of the German Shepherds popularity, many Kennel’s and Breeders deal exclusive in raising, training and, selling of this very special Breed of Dog.
In Canada, an example of a fine kennel can be found at, ulvidengermanshepherds.net. In the United States, there are also many Kennels to choose from dealing in only German Shepherds and, the same is true for the UK. It is true that the German shepherd accounts for largest number of recorded dog bites; however, we must take into consideration that, this is primarily because there are more of them. The second thing would be lack of proper training. Left unchecked, the German shepherd can be overly protective of the family it loves so dearly and will not warm up to strangers readily. In realty, they are just as warm, calm and good with children as any other breed; it’s all about the way they were brought up. If you are looking for a new Family Pet, the German shepherd is as good as it gets!