Dogs 101: German Shepherd Facts Information Most Popular Dog Breeds – Animal Facts
Welcome to Animal Facts. Today we examine the Smart, Confident, and Courageous German Sheppard Dog.
The German Shepherd Dog is one of the few breeds who official name includes the word “dog.” Why? So people knew when you were talking about a German shepherd human, who tends the livestock, or the dog helping him.
The German Sheppard Dog is the second most registered dog breed d in the United States. This is most likely due impart to the breeds diversity – they are popular as a family, guard, performance, show, police, military, and service dogs. There isn’t much this dog can’t do.
Max von Stephanitz is considered the “father of the German Sheppard Dog breed.” In 1889 he started to standardize a breed of shepherd dogs after seeing a “medium-sized yellow-and-gray wolf-like dog” that caught his attention
Hektor Linksrhein, Renamed Horand von Grafrath, was the first registered German Shepherd Dog – and the dog that Max von Stephanitz first saw at that dog show.
WWI helped to increase the breed’s popularity in the United States. American Soldiers saw what the dogs were capable of while fighting the Germans and many brought dogs back with them to the states.
Of course, you know who Rin-Tin-Tin is, but did you know he was named after a French puppet because he was bred and rescued in France, not Germany? And, he is said to be “America’s First Rescue Dog.” Finally, he was awarded the American Humane Association’s first Legacy Award in 2011. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Before there was Rin-Tin-Tin, there was Strongheart. He was one of the earliest canine stars and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He starred in six movies.
By 1914, the breed was so popular in America that there was talk of changing the name to “sheepdog” or “shepherd dog” – dropping the German attribution. In 1917 the AKC does, in fact, remove the word “German” in front of the breed’s name. It remained that way until 1930 when members of the Breed club voted to change it back.
In 1929, Mrs. Harrison Eustis founds “The Seeing Eye” to train German Sheppard dogs for use as guide dogs for the blind. Morris Frank was a blind man reading about the WWI veterans who were blinded and using these amazing dogs as guides. He contacted Eustis was already working with the breed in Switzerland, and the rest is history.
The GSD does not just enjoy popularity in America. There are hundreds of thousands of fanciers in 78 countries worldwide. There are 250,000 purebred GSDs in Germany alone, with about 15,000 puppies born a year. There is even a World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs.
The German Shepherd (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a breed of medium to a large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. The breed’s officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog in the English language, sometimes abbreviated as GSD and was also formerly known as the Alsatian in Britain. The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, with their origin dating to 1899. As part of the Herding Group, German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding sheep. Since that time, however, because of their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience, German Shepherds around the world are often the preferred breed for many types of work, including disability assistance, search-and-rescue, police and military roles, and even acting. The German Shepherd is the second-most registered breed by the American Kennel Club and fourth-most registered breed by The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom