Top 10 German Dog Breeds Dogs 101
Germany is known for its excellence in fine beers, cars, sausage, scientists… but this is Animal Facts and it might be pretty apparent by now that we love dogs. While dog breeds come from just about every country in the world, Germany is home to a wide variety of wonderful breeds. Coming in all different shapes and sizes, there’s no doubt that there’s a German breed for everyone and this is our top 10 picks. Let’s get Started. But, before we start, take a moment to like and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts.
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The German Shepherd Dog has long been one of America’s most popular dog breeds — for good reason. He’s an intelligent and capable working dog. His devotion and courage are unmatched. And he’s amazingly versatile, excelling at most anything he’s trained to do: guide and assistance work for the handicapped, police and military service, herding, search and rescue, drug detection, competitive obedience and, last but not least, faithful companion.
Once nearly extinct, the Rottweiler has become one of the most popular dog breeds. The Rottweiler is, perhaps also, one of the most misunderstood. Like the mythical Greek hero Hercules, the Rottweiler is strong and true, with a loving heart. Affectionately called Rotties or Rotts, a well-bred Rottweiler is calm and confident. He’s a natural guard dog with a mellow disposition who is successful, not only in police and military work but also as a family friend and protector.
The Doberman is a fairly new dog breed, originating in Germany in the early 1880s. Louis Dobermann was a tax collector, who would sometimes work as a police officer, night guard, and dog catcher. Herr Dobermann often found himself traveling with bags of money through dangerous parts of town at late hours. With his access to the pound, he bred a dog that is lean and muscular, a medium sized dog that is refined but intimidating.
Ah, the Mini Schnauzer, the adorable small dog breed that will win your heart with its engaging personality and childlike mannerisms. He’s a dog who’s got it all in one small package: intelligence, affection, an extroverted temperament, humor, and a personality that’s twice as big as he is. Throw in that mustache and quivering enthusiasm, and he’ll make you laugh YOUR tail off. He may be the only small dog on our list, but he more than makes up for it in personality.
Friendly, smart, willing to please … The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunter and an all-purpose gun dog capable of high performance in the field and in the water, who also doubles as a great family companion. An active family, that is. If you’ve ever admired the versatility, athleticism, and stamina of a decathlete, you’ll admire the German Shorthaired Pointer.
Intelligent, high-energy, playful, loyal … just a few words that accurately describe the Boxer. They were one of the first breeds employed as a police dog, and have been used as seeing-eye dogs. But they are perhaps best known for being loyal family pets that are especially fond of children.
We all love the wiener dog’s amusing and unique body shape, but the breed wasn’t bred that way just to maximize cuteness. Originally bred to hunt badgers, these hounds are shaped to allow easy access in and out of badger setts, a name given to badger layers. The name Dachshund comes from the German “Dachs” meaning “badger” and “hund” meaning dog.
Don’t judge a book by its cover — Poodles might look like frou-frou pups, but they were actually bred to hunt. Poodles hail from Germany, where they were called pudel, which is German for “puddle.” While poodles today have connotations of wealth and luxury, they were bred to work. The athletic dogs are excellent swimmers and were used by hunters to retrieve ducks and other birds from the water.
German Dog Breeds Weimaraner
It’s hard to miss the Weimaraner, thanks to his unusual gray coat and his mesmerizing gray, blue, or amber eyes. The “Silver Ghost”, as he is called, was a highly sought-after hunting dog breed of nobles in his native Germany. Today, these elegant but fearless dogs can still be found out on the hunting grounds, and also make a fine, albeit energetic, family friend.
1. Great Dane
The Great Dane is a large German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size. The German name of the breed is Deutsche Dogge, or German Mastiff. The Great Dane is truly a great dog breed — large and noble, commonly referred to as a gentle giant or as the “Apollo of dogs.” The Great Dane certainly holds stature in the dog world; but though he looks imposing, in reality, he’s one of the best-natured dogs around. Let’s get to know him.
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