German Shepherd Animal Planet
Among the most intelligent of breeds, the German shepherd dog is so intent on its mission whatever that may be that it is virtually unsurpassed in working versatility. It is utterly devoted and faithful. Aloof and suspicious toward strangers, it is protective of its home and family. It can be domineering. It can be aggressive toward other dogs, but it is usually good with other pets.
AKC RANKING 4
FAMILY livestock, herding
AREA OF ORIGIN Germany
DATE OF ORIGIN 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION sheep herding, guarding, police dog
TODAY'S FUNCTION police, contraband detection, assistance, herding trials, schutzhund