The History and Origins of
The German Shepherd breed originated in Germany in the late 19th century.
The breed was developed by Captain Max von Stephanitz, a German cavalry officer & breeding enthusiast, by selectively breeding local herding and farm dogs.
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The German Shepherd breed was officially recognized in Germany in 1899.
The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908.
German Shepherds were originally bred as herding and working dogs, but have since been trained for various roles such as search and rescue, therapy and service dogs, and as police and military dogs.
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German Shepherds are known for their intelligence, trainability and versatility.
German Shepherds have a strong protective instinct and are known to be loyal and protective of their family and property.
German Shepherds require regular exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behavior.
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