Country of Origin:
Germany - favored for its intelligence, trainability and fortitude. Originally a German farm dog, the breed was founded in the 1890's by a German cavalry officer, Capt. Max von Stephanitz who aimed to create a superior herding dog with looks to match. First imported to the US in the early 1900s, it became popular after WW I with the popularity of Rin Tin Tin. Today it is used for search & rescue, police, army, sentry, scent, guidedogs for the blind, helpers for handicapped and companion.
This dog is intelligent, unconditionally loyal, obedient, brave, and protective.
Their territoriality makes them among the least likely of breeds to run away. Unwanted visitors are stopped. This breed gets along fine with children and other animals, provided proper socialization has taken place.
Can be coarse and straight-haired, long and coarse and straight-haired, or wavy long-haired. Colors can be black, grey, with regular brown or yellow-to-light brown markings.
During shedding a special comb is needed to remove dead hairs.
Black/tan, sable, all black
Companionship, Family Pet, Herding, Protection, Schutzhund, Sports, Watch Dog