This beautiful boy is going to grow up to be big and strong. He is already very clever so loves to learn new tricks. But there is always time to have fun. He has endless energy and loves to race around his backyard, chasing everything and anything, always ready to explore something new.
In the mid-19th century, Max Emil Friedrich von Stephanitz first set eyes on the beautiful sheep-herding dogs in the German countryside while posted as a cavalry officer. He was mesmerised both by their majestic appearance as well as their intelligence and quick reflexes and so began a quest to create the perfect herding dog. While looking for new dogs to breed he met a real beauty, Hektor Lonksrhein, who stole his heart with his wolf-like appearance and depth of character. Von Stephanitz renamed him Horand von Gragrath and he became the first registered German Shepherd Dog.
The breed started to become popular around the world, yet with both World Wars, anti-German sentiment led to the name being modified, to shepherd dog in the USA or Alsatian in the UK. But through the efforts of von Stephanitz, these dogs proved their incredible abilities, acting as war dogs. Their bravery, intelligence, and loyalty were known around the world and interest in the breed grew. Today they are often used as service dogs, for their original use as herding dogs, guide dogs, war dogs, and police dogs.
German Shepherds can also make a wonderful addition to the family, but not every household is suitable. They need a lot of exercise and must be properly trained and handled so they do not become aggressive. If done right, this breed can be a very gentle companion, even with small children, and will serve as a wonderful protector.
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