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German Shepherd Dog:

Origin & Development

The German Shepherd Dog was originally used by the Germanic people for herding. Until almost a hundred years ago, these dogs came in all sorts of types and sizes. In 1899, German Captain Max von Stephanitz founded the Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde SV (The German Shepherd Dog Club) with a dream in his head. He wanted to preserve the courage, hardness, stability, tenacity, and working ability in his beloved breed. He used his dog Horand von Grafrath, which he believed possess all these traits, as the foundation standard in type and character for the German Shepherd. He was also involved to develop Schutzhund as a breeding evaluation program for the breed's working ability.


The German Shepherd should possess strong nerves, self confidence, trainability, watchfulness, courage, hardness, and fighting tenacity.


Males are 60 to 65cm in height; females are 55 to 60cm; measured from the dog's withers to the ground. The German Shepherd is slightly long, stretched, powerful and well muscled. The bones are dry and firmly developed. The ratio of height to length and placement and structure of the limbs are so balanced that a far reaching, effortless gait is guaranteed.

The head should be proportional to the body size. Dentition must be strong, healthy, and complete with 42 teeth. The German Shepherd has a scissor bite. The ears are erect, of medium size, wide at the base and set high. The eyes are almond shaped and dark. The neck should be strong with well developed muscles.

The German Shepherd Dog has a weatherproof coat. A harmonious appearance is desired as long as the working ability of the dog is not affected. The hair is prefered to be dark. A specimen who corresponds to the standards offers the observer a picture of rugged strength, intelligence and agility whose overall proportions are neither in excess nor substandard in any way.


SV - Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde
FCI - Fédération Cynologique Internationale
KKUSH – Belgian Kennel Club
AKC - American Kennel Club
UKC - United Kennel Club
KCGB - Kennel Club of Great Britain
CKC - Canadian Kennel Club
ANKC - Australian National Kennel Club
NZKC - New Zealand Kennel Club
HKKC – Hong Kong Kennel Club

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