The German shepherd is a relatively modern dog breed bred to have strong physical strength and big mental capacity. They have proven time and time again that they are the ultimate working dogs—from herding sheep to detecting explosives to helping in search and rescue. With admirable work ethic and physical strength, the German shepherd dog is one of the most popular canine breeds.
1. The name goes on
Fun fact: When translated into different languages, the breed’s name German shepherd is translated into the literal words of “German” and “shepherd”. The breed is called Deutscher Schäferhund in German; Pastore Tedesco in Italian; Pastor alemán in Spanish; Berger allemande in French; and Duitse herder in Dutch. In Japanese, it follows the phonetic version of its English breed name, ‘jāmanshepādo’.
The German shepherd was temporarily called the Alsatian Wolf Dog. After the World Wars, the word ‘German’ was put in a bad light. To protect the breed’s profile, the UK Kennel Club officially changed the name from ‘German shepherd’ to the Alsatian Wolf Dog. Instead of changing the breed’s full name, the AKC only dropped the word ‘German’. It was called again as the German shepherd in 1977.
2. The word ‘dog’ is part of its official breed name.
The breed is registered as the German shepherd dog (GSD). This is to distinguish the difference between the ‘shepherd’ referring to people and the ‘shepherd’ referring to the dog.
3. One of the top five breeds having the strongest jaw
This canine has a bite force of 238 psi (pound per sq. inch) whilst a human only has 86 psi. This fact proves why this is an ideal breed to work for military and law enforcement operations. With that in mind, breeders and owners should introduce early obedience training.
4. Heroic dogs
Von Stephanitz pioneered the German Shepherd Dog Club which was once called the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde or “Society for the German Shepherd Dog”. To ensure that his dogs will always be in demand, he worked with police and service workers, putting the German shepherd dogs in the working force. Since then, this dog has been bred to become exemplary working dogs.
Because of their exceptional work ethics, the German shepherd is usually perceived as a heroic dog. This breed has a strong guarding instinct, he will not hesitate to jump in front of danger to protect his humans. This is true for all German shepherds even those without protection training.
Having been bred as a versatile working dog, German shepherd dogs thrive when they have a job to do. They are trained to work as:
- Airport dogs
- Detection dogs
- Military dogs
- Personal protection dogs
- Search and rescue dogs
- Service dogs
- Therapy dogs
5. Iconic movie stars.
Aside from being one of the favourite breeds of celebrities, the German shepherd also appeared in several unforgettable movies:
- Forgotten Heroes: The Robert Hartsock Story
- A Dog’s Best Friend
- All Dogs Go To Heaven 1 & 2
- Beverly Hills Chihuahua 1 & 2
- I Am Legend
- Love Leads the Way
- Police Dog
- Radio Flyer
- Saw 5
A few of the German shepherd movie stars are:
- Rin Tin Tin
At first the dog did not know he was watching pictures of himself, but when it dawned on him his tail wagged ferociously.
-Trainer Lee Duncan
His human counterparts on screen were pleased with Strongheart, for even though he tore their clothes to shreds, he never left a mark of fang or nail on any actor
-Trainer Laurence Trimble
Please let me have Abbey. Please, please, please let me have her. But you know, she has her own family now so it was just another one of those fleeting Hollywood romances.
– says actor Will Smith when he tried to ask Abbey’s trainer if he could keep her.