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Welcome to the German Shepherd Dog Guide

A guide for all GSD lovers and anyone who is thinking about getting one.


Disclaimer: I don't pretend to know everything, I'm learning as I go along. Comments, ideas and nitpicks are greatly welcomed.
Also: Unless stated the images belong to me or someone on Elftown, they have not been uploaded to [Elftron] :)


The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) quite obviously originates from Germany. The GSD was originally bred to be a working dog but over the years they have become more popular as guard/police dogs and family pets.

GSDs are not an old breed. They were first shown in 1882 but were not the types of GSD we are used to seeing today. They had mongrel-like features, were rough coated and had small tails. They were bred more and more over the years and the GSD you see today appeared around the second World War.

You may have heard of Alsatians. They are not a different breed. The GSD and Alsatian are one and the same. You won't believe how confused people get about this. During World War 1 and 2 they were named Alsatian Wolf Dog because it was believed that German Shepherd Dog would harm the breed's popularity (remember the world they lived in at the time). The official breed name in German is Deutscher Schäferhund but just stick with GSD/Alsatian if you don't speak German.



About The GSD Breed

Your GSD's Health



Owning A GSD

Tips to remember

Stages In Your GSD's Life

Your GSD's Behaviour And Training



Some fun




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2009-07-04 [sequeena_rae]: I'm hoping to make a resource for bengal cats too when I have the time. I'm getting an F5 snowy rosetta, blue eyed bengal sometime next year, depending what litter I go for :D

2009-07-04 [Nioniel]: Ok, Dearie, here you go...
"Now a particularly well-known breed with staunch enthusiasts throughout the world, the GSD was developed in Germany and derived from old breeds of herding and farm dogs. The breed provides a widre range of sirvices to man. Used as war dogs, they later took part in police and security work, and are used as guide dogs and for guard, sniffer, and resuce work. This dog is an excellent obedience worker too. Slightly long in comparison to its height, the GSD is ideally 23-25 inches (57.5-62.5 cm) high, these proportions coupled with the position of the fore and hindquarters prodicing a far-reaching and enduring gait. The wight range is 75-95 lb (34-43 kg). Attentive, alert and resilient, the breed is steady of nerve, loyal, self-assured, courageous, and tractable and should never be over-aggressive or shy. For exhibition the coat should be straight, hard and as close lying as possible, with a thick undercoat."

Breed fact: during the first World War, the incredible number of 48,000 GSDs were enlisted with the German army, many taken forcefully from their owners.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds, by Juliette Cunliffe.

Hope it helps!

2009-07-04 [sequeena_rae]: Thank you!

2009-07-05 [Nioniel]: You're welcome!

2009-07-05 [sequeena_rae]: It's a lot of what I've already got but some good new stuff in there, great stuff x

2009-07-05 [sequeena_rae]: Who me? Sure if you want to

2009-07-05 [Alexi Ice]: Rated.

2009-07-05 [sequeena_rae]: Thank you honey x

2009-07-05 [Jitter]: Also rated :)

2009-07-05 [Alexi Ice]: No problem.

2009-07-05 [sequeena_rae]: Thanks jitter!

2009-07-05 [Jitter]: <3

2009-07-06 [Nioniel]: Looking good, I love all of the linking wikis!

2009-07-06 [sequeena_rae]: Thank you hun, I want to get as much out of my brain before I fall asleep lol

2009-07-06 [Nioniel]: :)

2009-07-07 [sequeena_rae]: Thanks Lami :P

2009-07-07 [Linderel]: I'm going through the wikis now xD
(Lin was here)

2009-07-07 [sequeena_rae]: Thank yoooou X)

2009-07-07 [Linderel]: You asked for it :P *hump*

2009-07-07 [sequeena_rae]: Yep :D

2009-07-07 [Linderel]: All done xD

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