The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most popular breeds ranking #2 in the world
The first impression of a good German Shepherd Dog is that of a strong, agile, well muscled animal, alert and full of life. It is well balanced , with harmonious development of the forequarter and hindquarter. The dog is longer than tall, deep bodied, and presents an outline of smooth curves rather than angles. It looks substantial and not spindly, giving the impression both at rest and in motion, of muscular fitness and nimbleness, without any look of clumsiness. The ideal German Shepherd Dog is stamped with a look of quality and nobility- difficult to define, but unmistakable when present.
They are an intelligent and capable working dog. Their devotion and courage are unmatched. They are amazingly versatile and excel at anything they are trained to do. For instance: Schutzhund, service dog, police & military, herding, search & rescue, drug detection and last but not least, they make a faithful & devoted family companion.
Max Von Stephanitz is credited for developing the breed in Germany in 1889. He was a career cavalry officer and spent some time serving at the Veterinary College in Berlin. Here he gained valuable knowledge about biology, anatomy and the science of movement, all of which he later applied to the breeding of dogs.