The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most well-known dogs. At the same time, it is one of the most difficult dogs to describe. The dog has many different characteristics. On the one hand, the dog is large, powerful and reasonably fast. On the other hand, the dog is also brave, will not hesitate to show aggression if necessary and can scare his opponents. At the same time, the dog can be extremely sweet and good with children (if raised properly). In short: the German Shepherd is a beautiful dog, with many (sometimes contradictory) characteristics.
The reason why the German Shepherd has so many (good) characteristics is mainly because the dog was bred from many different sheepdogs. At the end of the 19th century, there were several sheepdogs in different areas in Germany. A German Captain thought it would be useful to combine these breeds into one ultimate sheepdog. Max von Stephanitz approached other breeders and together they laid the foundation of the German Shepherd. For 35 years they worked to refine the good qualities of this dog.
German Shepherds are extremely intelligent dogs. They also really enjoy learning new things. That is why this breed is regularly used as a tracker dog, police dog and guide dog.
The German Shepherd is a real family dog and he likes his family members very much. He also likes to have them around him. He prefers not to be alone at home. If possible, he will accompany the family on an outing. Although the dog will build a bond with all family members, German Shepherds are especially capable of bonding with one person, usually their owner.
In general, the dog gets along well with small children. This does not mean, of course, that you should not be careful. The German Shepherd is a large dog and is also extremely powerful. Children may tease the dog, for example. In such cases, a German Shepherd can stand up for himself.
To raise a German Shepherd properly, you need an owner who can take the lead. The dog listens well, but the owner must be consistent and show authority. The puppy must be well socialised. In particular, contact with other dogs is very important. Furthermore, it is good to raise the puppy with a positive attitude and to keep challenging him!