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Although initially developed as a sheep-herder, the German Shepherd Dog is the world's leading guard and police dog. Ranging in color from black-tan, bicolor (black with tan points), golden sable, gray sable, all the way to solid black, the German Shepherd is a sharp looking, discriminating breed.

Bigger is not better in this breed, however, as the German Shepherd Dog's frame is not equipped to be bred large. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in intelligence. Normally, the breed has ears that prick up, dark eyes, a black nose, and teeth that meet in a scissors bite. While good with children, the breed should be handled by experienced owners only, as this dog requires commitment to proper training and socialization. Socializing is important, especially for pups, as it prevents the German Shepherd Dog from becoming shy and fearful. If not socialized properly, a dog may become aggressive or a fear biter.

The German Captain Max von Stephanitz developed the German Shepherd Dog in the 1890's to be a dog with excellent herding and guarding capabilities. Stephanitz and companion Arthur Meyer would later form the Verein für Deutsche Schaferdunde to help develop the breed. Stephanitz was the organizations first president, presiding until 1936. The breed is, therefore, relatively new to the breeding history of dogs, having most of its breeding characteristics refined in the 1900's. Von Stephanitz would eventually oversee the expansion of the breed's usefulness to include, amid some initial amusement, working with the police and the military. The German sport of "Schutzhund," meaning "protection dog," has become a vital part of the dog's necessary training and socialization. In Schutzhund, the dog's natural abilities to track, protect, and be taught control through obedience are assessed and developed. The three stages of Shutzhund are novice (SchH1), intermediate (SchH2), and advanced (SchH3).

The German Shepherd Dog is extremely intelligent and make excellent companions and watchdogs, as well as a good family pet, if trained properly. By training your dog well, and encouraging family members to establish a position of authority over the dog, you will foster a protective, mutually enriching experience for both you and your pet. They are excellent protectors of their "pack," often trying to "herd" your family for your own protection. In addition, they do not require clipping.

Max Von Stephanitz, the father of the German Shepherd Dog, is quoted as saying that "The most striking features of the correctly bred German Shepherd are firmness of nerves, attentiveness, unshockability, tractability, watchfulness, reliability and incorruptibility together with courage, fighting, tenacity and hardness." With that in mind, you can't go wrong with a German Shepherd Dog!

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Because German Shepherd Dogs are herders by nature, long walks can be a special experience for both you and your pet. The dog will naturally try to "herd" you and your companions in order to better protect you. In addition, the German Shepherd Dog is extremely intelligent, and games that require mental and physical agility are especially well-suited to this breed. Games that require tracking, or hiding a familiar object would be ideal. In addition, the dog enjoys large amounts of space to run and explore. But be cautioned: never play physical games with you pet immediately before or after eating, as this may increase the possibility of bloating, or gastric torsion.
Health Risks:
Genetic and other health problems can be especially devastating in the German Shepherd Dog. Some common problems to be aware of include hip dysplasia and epilepsy. Also of special concern in the German Shepherd Dog is bloat, or gastric torsion. Because of its deep-seated chest, the dog's stomach may twist so that nothing can past through the esophagus to the stomach or through the stomach to the intestine, causing gas to build up. A large amount of activity before or after eating can exacerbate bloating. Your dog must be taken to the vet immediately as bloat is an immediate health concern.
Things to watch out for with this breed:
This breed requires a lot of space to exercise. In addition, two genetic disorders - hip dysplasia and epilepsy - are often inherited in this breed and can cause severe problems if not detected before selecting your puppy. As adults, these dogs shed a lot, and if trained improperly as puppies, the results can be devastating in an adult dog. Therefore, it is vital that, as a puppy, your German Shepherd Dog be given obedience training. Another important point to watch out for is the nationality of your German Shepherd Dog. There are two bloodlines, an American and a German. American bloodlines are longer and leaner, and often taller than those from the German bloodline. While those dogs from the American bloodline are normally calmer and less dominant than their German counterparts, the American line of the breed often lacks drive or working ability.

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International Breeders

Westbounk Kennels
Abraxas Shepherds
Adelhertz German Shepherds
Adler Stein German Shepherds
Adobe Kennels
Advanced K-9 Training, Inc
Alkarah German Shepherd Dogs
Amadeus Kennels
American King Shepherd Club
Artica German Shepherd International
Baden K-9
BayState K-9 Training
Bergsteiger's Shepherds
Berthold Burow
Black Birch Farm
Black Sun Kennels
Blackneck´s Kennel
Bodecka Kennels
BoDella K9 Kennel
Boorman Haus
Braehead Kennels
Bullinger Shepherds
Canyon Crest K-9 Training Center
Carissima Registered Kennels
Cloverleife Hill Kennels
Covy-Tucker Hill Kennels
Credo Service Dog Breeding Centre
Cross Winds Shepherds
Dahlerhaus German Shepherd Dogs
Danila Stamm's German Shepherd Dogs
Direct Link Kennel
Druidale German Shepherds
Dryghnwyrn Shepherds
Dunhill K-9's
East Wind Kennels
Echolane German Shepherd Dogs
Enckhausen Shepherds
Encore German Shepherds
Fleetwood Kennels
Fleischerheim/Merkel's German Shepherds
Granite State Dog Training Center
Grundelhardt Kennels
Hagenstolz Kennels
Haus Baysden German Shepherds
Haus Roecker German Shepherd Dogs
Haus-Juris German Shepherd Dogs
Heidelberg German Shepherds
Herdenhunde vom Weiher
Hile Haus German Shepherds
Hinterland German Shepherds
Hirsch-Wiese German Shepherds
Joli's German Shepherd Dogs
Jomari German Shepherds
Joseph Schloss Kennels
Kansten German Shepherds
KcK Kennels
Keashaborn Kennels
Kennel Seeblick
Kimberlite German Shepherds
Kingstown Kennels
Konigsdorf Shepherds
Kriegsschiff Kennels
Lebarland Kennel
Leerburg German Shepherd Kennels
Leonberg Kennels
Live Oak Kennels
Maple Valley Kennels
Melana Shepherds
Mid-Atlantic K-9
Misty Mountain Kennel
Misty Ridge German Sheperds
Mittelwest World Class German Shepherds
Nadelhaus German Shepherds
Nutmeg Kennels
Oakridge Shepherds Kennels
Omega Shepherds
Othello Shepherds
Pennsbury German Shepherds
Pierre's Sunshine Shepherds
R.A.C.E. Shepherds
Ravine's German Shepherds
Red Star Kennel
Reinehaus German Shepherds
Roth German Shepherds
Scales' Arizona German Shepherds
Scenter Line Investigations & Kennels
Schaeferhund Kennels
Schafer Lake Kennels
Schaferhafen German Shepherds
Schexnider Shepherds
Schutzengel German Shepherd Dogs
Select Shepherds
Shepherd's of Leybourne
Shepherds von Ajaye
Spartanville Shepherds
Steffen-Haus Kennels
Stone Hill Kennels
Sturdevant Shepherds
Sunnydae Kennels
Sunrise Kennel
Tezmaral German Shepherds
Theishof German Shepherds
Tohbur-Haus Kennels
True Haus Kennels
Twin Falls German Shepherds
Valkyre German Shepherds
Vom Blossom-Land German Shepherds
Vom Engelsbrunn Shepherds
vom Füssberg German Shepherds
Vom Haus Adkins German Shepherd Dogs
vom Haus Arit German Shepherds
vom Haus Golez
Vom Haus Libra Kennels
vom Haus Paxson German Shepherd Dogs
vom Haus Rohricht German Shepherds
vom hohlen Huegel/Hollow Hills Shepherds
Vom Holtzberg German Shepherds
Vom Kafrabach Kennels
Vom Mattenburcherland German Shepherds Kennel
Vom Noble Kennel
Vom Park German Shepherds
Vom Reichtal German Shepherds
Vom Waldenhaus German Shepherds
vom Wiesenberg Shepherds
Vom Wolfratshausen German Shepherds
Von Billheim German Shepherds
Von Der Halle Valhalla
Von Der Haus Gill German Shepherds
Von Der Hollenburg German Shepherd Dogs
von der Rucken Haus German Shepherds
Von Hauben Shepherds
von Kleiner Feuerball Kennels
Von Kristian Shepherds
Von Noble-Haus Kennels
Von Stevenhaus Shepherds
Von TeMar Shepherds
Von Wiesbaden German Shepherds
Windypond Kennels
Winwood Kennel German Shepherds
Wynthea Kennels
Zirconium German Shepherds
Zwinger vom Heidelberger Schloss
Zwinger von der Burg Austerlitz

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