The German Shepherd is a "natural dog". It was first named the Alsatian Wolf-Dog but it was not truly bred with a wolf or even in Alaska. The German Shepherd was developed in Germany in the 1880's as a herder.
The German Shepherd Dog is a strong, agile dog - and possesses one of the keenest noses in the dog world. Unsurpassed as a working dog, German Shepherd Dogs are the original "drug dogs," and can easily adapt to both protection and police work. The German Shepherd is exceptionally trainable and works well as a police, guide, search, rescue dog.
Smart and protective, the German Sheperd Dog truly bonds with its family and can suffer separation anxiety when boarded. Early obedience training and socialization recommended. There is a distinction between the show and working lines. Show line dogs look great but have little ability for obedience. The working line dogs are more active and stable temperamentally. Larger dogs in general are slow to mature typically taking three to three and a half years.
Black, black & tan and gray (wolf sable).
Length is medium, straight and hard and close lying with a dense undercoat, which protects against temperature and bugs, as well as a straight outer coat. Their coat requires regular brushing.
Usually hardy. Has potential to have hip dysplasia (abnormal development of hip joints), skin disease, bloat, congenital heart disease, Von Willebrand's disease, nervous condition and panosteitis (an inflammation of long bones in the legs.) To minimize the risk of your GMD developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a German Shepherd puppy from a reputable German Shepherd Dog breeder.