• 1. The German Shepherd Dog is one of the few breeds whose official name actually includes the word “dog”. The word “dog” was added so people understood whether you were talking about a human German Shepherd (someone who tends the livestock), or the dog helping him.
  • 2. German Shepherd’s bite has 238 pounds of force – a human’s bite has just 86! Yet another reason the breed was excellent to work as a Police dog.
  • 3. The average lifespan of German Shepherd is 10.95 years.
  • 4. Even though German Shepherds are quite thin the first two years of their life, they quickly grow a huge muscle mass.
  • 5. The German Shepherd Dog is popular as a family, guard, performance, show, military, police and service dogs. It can pretty much do everything.
  • 6. German Shepherds LOVE their owners, but they aren’t keen on strangers.
  • 7. Out of 100 popular dog breeds, studies have shown that German Shepherds are the 3rd most intelligent.
  • 8. They are incredibly smart and learn simple tasks after only five repetitions. They obey the first given command 95% of the time.
  • 9. When formal guide dog training began in Switzerland in the 1920s, all of the dogs trained were German Shepherds.
  • 10. The breed was standardised in Germany in the mid-1800s, where they were working as sheep-herders and protecting them from predators.
  • 11. Some amazing German Shepherds have very unusual colouring. They are known as “Panda Shepherds!
  • 12. They are also commonly known as ‘Alsations’. This is because the ‘German’ element was dropped in Europe after World War 1 due to the poor perception of the country at the time.
  • 13. ‘Strongheart’ is one of only two German Shepherd dogs to grace the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a star. Strongheart was something of a celebrity, appearing in a variety of black-and-white films in the 1920’s.
  • 14. They have a double coat. The outer coat sheds all year around.