The loyal ones!

When we talk about loyal dogs, which breed comes to your mind? Most likely, you are thinking about German Shepherds or GSDs or Alsatians – their loyalty, strength and intelligence are beyond comparison. Here’s more on this popular breed.

The popularity…

According to the statistics of American Kennel Club, GSDs are among the top five popular breeds in the breed profileUnited States.

The unique name…

The breed was named Deutscher Schäferhund, which means “German Shepherd Dog.” The breed was so named due to its original purpose of assisting shepherds in herding and protecting sheep in Germany.

The handsome looks…

GSDs are large-sized dogs with domed forehead, long square-cut muzzle and black nose. Their medium-sized brown eyes give a lively, intelligent and confident look. Their large ears stand erect but are pulled back in movement. They have a double-coat with dense outer coat and a thick undercoat. They are available in a variety of colours like red, brown, tan, black, tan/black and red/black.

The intelligence…

GSDs are considered to be the third most intelligent breed of dog. Studies have indicated that they can learn simple tasks after mere five repetitions and can obey 95 percent of all commands the first time. Hence, they are used as police, guard and search & rescue dogs.

The temperament…

Highly active, this breed loves to learn new things and have a purpose in life. They love human company and are loyal to them. However, if not properly socialised, they can become over-protective of their family and territory.

The popular GSDs…

Some of the blockbuster movies featuring GSDs include K-9 (featuring a real police-dog named Koton), I Am Legend, The Hills Have Eyes and a white German Shepherds named Bolt in the animation movie of the same name.

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