The German Shepherd was the first dog ever to be used as a guide dog for the blind. German Shepherd Dog also know as Alsatian,Berger,Allemand,Deutscher,GSD,Schäferhund and Schäfer.
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The German Shepherd can weigh anywhere from 65-95 lbs. Males grow 24-26 inches in height and females anywhere from 22-24 inches. The jaws are strong, with a scissor-like bite.
They are very alert,energetic,curious, very intelligent(considered to be third among the smartest of breeds),bold, hard working,highly adaptable and extremely agile with great stamina and endurance. Although they are very weary of strangers. The German Shepherd does not like to be left alone for extended periods of time. They learn quickly but do not respond well to harsh training. Like many dogs you just have to be patient.
Daily brushing is encouraged to prevent the dog from shedding especially during certain seasons.
They are exceptionally talented in tracking, schutzhund, agility, obedience, fly-ball, and ring sport. The German Shepherd is often used in police work, search and rescue, as a guide for the blind, and military work.
In the United States, one source suggests that German Shepherd Dogs are responsible for more reported bitings than any other breed, and suggest a tendency to attack smaller breeds of dogs. Take into consideration though that the German shepherd represent a higher proportion of the population than other breeds and because of the use of German Shepherd Dogs as protection, may sway the numbers a bit.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advises on dog bite prevention and related matters, states "There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill."
German Shepherds are prone to such health issues as blood disorders, chronic eczema,
digestive problems, elbow and hip dysplasia,
epilepsy, flea allergies .