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Learn all about what makes the German Shepherd one of the most popular dog breeds.
The German Shepherd defines grace in action. “The Flying Trot,” for example, is a graceful and elegant gait for which the German Shepherd is famous. They possess a rare combination of intelligence, agility, strength and fearlessness. Because of this, the German Shepherd excels in a wide range of roles, including family dog. Majestic in appearance and loyal in character, the German Shepherd has a sound temperament, and his aptitude for training and desire to please make him an ideal companion.
A relatively young breed, the German Shepherd dog first came to recognition in the late nineteenth century thanks mainly to the efforts of Captain Max von Stephanitz. Attending a dog show in 1889, von Stephanitz was so impressed by one particular herding dog’s characteristics that he simply had to purchase it. The dog, Hektor Linksrhein, was renamed Horand von Grafrath and became the first registered German Shepherd dog.
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The German Shepherd is a highly intelligent and trainable animal. Make no mistake about it – this dog breed is direct and fearless, eager and alert. Known for having tremendous courage, this breed is respected for being extremely obedient and always loyal.
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