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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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German Shepherd Dog Temperament, Facts and Breed Guide

By 1926 there were 8000 German Shepherd Dogs registered in Britain and the breed was further popularised  by the exploits of ‘Rin Tin Tin’ and ‘Strongheart’ on the Silver screen.  

Despite a decline in popularity during World War Two, the German Shepherd breed has gone from strength to strength, until by 2015 they had become the second most popular dog breed in the USA.

German Shepherd Dog Temperament

Because of their great intelligence and versatility German Shepherds remain a very popular breed both as domestic pets and working dogs, but perhaps not best suited to inexperienced dog owners.

With a typically fearless temperament German Shepherds are fiercely loyal and protective towards their family, and are extremely eager to please, particularly when you've established yourself as the "alpha dog".

Children: The German Shepherd Dog’s temperament makes them ideally suited to family life and are very good with children provided they are properly trained and well socialized from a young age. They are inherently protective towards children in the family group but also affectionate and playful as well.

Animals: Generally Tolerant towards other animals, can be aggressive or domineering                                              towards other dogs, especially                                              males to males.

german shepherd dogTraining This breed’s high intelligence and natural work ethic make them one of the easiest to train and training should begin at a young age.

Firm consistency, praise and positive reinforcement are key to training the German Shepherd Dog as they have a strong naturally dominant personality, but note, firm does not mean harsh, harsh  correction will only make them stubborn or wilful. Shepherds are quick to house train- especially if you crate train them.


The German Shepherd Dog or simply German Shepherd is a relatively recent breed, the result of a conscious effort to produce the ideal guarding and herding dog. In 1899,Germany, The Society for German Shepherd Dogs  ( abbr. S.V) was founded to over see the breeding process and their efforts were soon rewarded with the creation of a breed that truly excels in these roles.

The Shepherd gained wider international recognition after World War One when returning soldiers from both sides of the conflict spoke highly of the breed, which had been employed widely by the German army on the frontline as a sentry dog. The First German Shepherds registered in Britain in 1919 - were under a different name of “Alsatian Wolf Dog”  as it was believed the inclusion of the word “German” post war would harm the breed’s popularity.

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The German Shepherd Dog temperament is devoted, confident, versatile and intelligent

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German Shepherd Facts And Breed Information

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Do You Have A German Shepherd Dog? We would love love to hear your story, why not upload a picture and share your experiences, tell us why they are your favourite breed. Do You Have A Related Question? - Just ask and we will be happy to help .

“ A well bred shepherd is a combination of power, nobility and agility. Admirers feel this breed’s regal carriage gives them ‘the look of eagles.’  German Shepherds are undemanding, yet ready to participate in any activity when invited. Owners say ‘ I can look in my Shepherd’s eye and know he will die for me’. “

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match

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German shepherd dogProtection: Wary of strangers and aloof, the German Shepherd's  personality is quite capable of defending your family and home with extreme prejudice if required. As a breed they will take their queue from their owner, gauging your reactions and demeanour towards others as to how they should behave. They do not  need any special training to be protective, but must be properly trained and socialized to ensure they don’t act out of place or aggressively, when the situation doesn’t demand it .

Grooming: German Shepherds need a lot of brushing, and then some more. During their heavy seasonal shed you will need to use a shedding blade or rake.

Exercise The German Shepherd is a strong and athletic breed, and they do need exercise. A large yard for running or daily walks with their owner will keep them healthy and strong. Because of their intelligence, they love a challenge and will do quite well at many different activities including agility training, tracking and obedience training.

German shepherd dogHealth German Shepherd Dogs are prone to hip dysplasia.  This problem is mostly the result of indiscriminate breeding programs.Also Eczema and eye problems. Poorly bred German Shepherds can have problems with aggression . Diet Is an important part ofany dog’s health, why not have a look at the best food for your German Shepherd.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

Ideal German Shepherd Dog Owners Are...

Experienced and considerate with plenty of energy for walks training and chase games. Appreciative of a close bond between owner and dog. willing and able to provide the appropriate training and socialization.

Not Recommended for timid or inexperienced owners, ‘robotic’ obedience, being left alone for long periods,  

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club