Nowadays the most popular dog on the entire globe is the German shepherd dog mostly due to his resemblance to the wild wolf; this breed is also called by non-breeders as the wolf dog breed. There are two types of driven dogs the ones that take care of sheep’s that stick to groups as large as 50 or even more then 100 at times. But it is not about the size of the packs of animals that are driven by this type of dogs but the habit of the pack.
There are the shepherd dogs that take care of the sheep that are always on the move which require a small, smart and agile dog and there are the cattle which once they find a spot to eat they stay there for a long time. This is not something that all dog breeds can do as it requires an above the average intelligence as well as certain skills. So during the years the shepherd dogs that driven the bulls were not used anymore. But the German shepherd continued to be bread for his mental and physical agility that made him so widely spread.
The size and weight of the German shepherd stayed relatively the same during the years and it now has a standard of 24-26 inches (60-65cm.) height for males and 22-24 inches (55-60cm.) for females and a weight of 77-85 pounds (35-40kg.)
Because his size he makes a great guard dog, but due to his breeding during the years to not scare the sheep with his barking and his perpetuated intelligence and agility he makes a great company dog. The German shepherd dog was used with success and it is still being used as a police dog for operations as dope finding or in the search for escaped convicts. This is another proof that the German Shepard is amongst the smartest of all dog breeds.
The temperament of the German shepherd dog allows his owners to keep him in an apartment as well, even though we don’t recommend keeping such an agile dog in such a small place he copes well with any environment as long as he gets his daily walk and benefits from a nice exercising session. The only problem an owner may find in these breed if they decide to keep it in the house is that they shed a lot and since thy have both fluff and hair this can be a mess for a person that doesn’t like grooming a German shepherd dog every day.
The life expectancy of a German shepherd dog is somewhere around 13 years. Also keep in mind that due to heretic breeding the German shepherd dog suffers quite commonly of shoulder and hip dysphasia.
German Shepherd Pictures Gallery