The German Shepherd as seen by a dog trainer

Mario Hernandez on 04/08/2016

German Shepherd


As we know today, this breed is relatively recent, it was late last century when Captain Max Emile Frederic von Stephanitz (cavalry officer of the Prussian army) wanted to achieve a synthesis between the shepherd dogs of his country to achieve more durable skills. I think the first modern German shepherd came after very rigorous selection and breeding.

We can say that Sheepdogs already existed in Germany for centuries but their morphology was very different depending on the region they came from, their size, coat, fur texture etc.

Physical Attributes:

It is a multipurpose dog, serving in the field of detection, such as guide dog, rescue, pastor of flocks, guardian. It also served as a protection dog with good skills for any sport, agility, ring etc. It is a strong and sturdy dog, ideal for an active person or an athlete.


It has a temperament overflowing vitality, but it has to be obedient. The German shepherd is less impulsive than other breeds of the same type. We have to consider seriously on how to choose a puppy that will be part of our family and if we educate it with love and firmness, it will serve as a guarantee that everything will work properly.


Simple brushing, baths and regular hygiene care.


The cost of maintenance is reasonable, the amount of daily food this breed will need is about 500gr to 600gr. Of course this also depends on their physical activity and their metabolism, which like in people, defines their tendency for obesity.


All dogs regardless of breed race need training, but for the German shepherd this is very important, since it is a strong dog. Problems of insecurity from lack of proper attention in this breed often leads to aggression. Do not forget that it is a strong dog bred to work. If we just allow it to act without correcting its behavior, this can turn against you and lead to very worrying problems, hence the importance of good training done by a professional.


The German shepherd is a breed that needs daily exercise, therefore their needs are met with long walks and a lot of time playing with them. So if you are very inactive people, however how much you like this breed it may not be the most appropriate for you.

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