German Shepherds are descended from German herding dogs and were bred to herd sheep.1 Today, they’re recognized for doing all sorts of work. They are still excellent at herding, but also can work as guide dogs, guard dogs, and work with the police and military.2 In fact, they are the preferred dog for both the police and military.1
This is because they’re so easily trainable. They’re known for their loyalty, confidence, and intelligence. They love reward-based training and starting training and socialization early is integral for their success.1
They originally became popular in the United States in the 1900s and were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908.1&2 During both world wars, people started calling them Alsatians, instead of German Shepherds.2
These dogs are excellent family dogs, as they’re friendly, affectionate, and good with children. They’re not that great with other animals though, and so probably won’t fit in well with a multi-pet household.2
German Shepherds need good exercise and so need a family that’s active. Otherwise, they’ll get bored and frustrated. Just like Border Collies, they love to have a job.2
Check out our other deep dive on Border Collies here!
All the best,
Chris & the WERC Team