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Fun Facts about The German Shepherd

"There's facts about dogs, and then there's opinions about them. The dogs have the facts, and the humans have the opinions. If you want the facts about the dog, always get them straight from the dog. If you want opinions, get them from humans." -- J. Allen Boone

- The German Shepherd is a fairly new breed. Originating in 1899 in Germany from herding dogs, they were introduced in the United States in 1907, shortly after World War I.

- The proper English name for this breed is German Shepherd Dog but they are usually informally referred to as GSD's, German Shepherds, Alsatians (commonly used in the UK) or Schäfer(hund).

- The German Shepherd is the third most popular breed in America, prized for intelligence and loyalty.

- According to the America Kennel Club, a German Shepherd should be deep-bodied, 22 to 26 inches tall at the shoulders, 49 to 88 pounds, tan/black, black or red and have a medium-length double coat, bushy tail and black nose.

- German Shepherds are energetic, fearless, approachable, fun-loving, loyal, strong, agile, muscular, highly intelligent, active, courageous and excellent with children.

- The German Shepherd is a working dog that is frequently used as a guard dog, herder or by the police and military to locate humans, narcotics and explosives.

- German Shepherds were among the first dogs trained for police work- beginning around 1900 in Ghent, Belgium.

- The German Shepherd was the first breed of dog to be trained as a working guide dog. In 1928, "Buddy" became the first Seeing Eye dog.

- Perhaps the most famous German Shepherd is Rin Tin Tin, who made 26 movies for Warner Brothers Studios in 14 years.

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