Dog Breed Information
The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is a versatile working-dog, capable
of being trained to perform a wide variety of tasks. GSDs are family
pets, police dogs, guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, bomb and
drug detection dogs, sheep and cattle herders, hunting companions,
guard dogs, obedience champions, avalanche dogs, assistance dogs,
show dogs, and more.
GSDs are natural herding dogs. Your GSD will try to "herd"
you and your family. Often they will "follow ahead", walking
in front of you and looking back to make sure you're going where you
should. Although the GSD is not used as frequently for herding in
present time, there are many breed lines still known for their herding.
The breed is naturally loyal, intelligent and protective (which makes
it good for police work). The GSD has an excellent nose, making it
good for tracking and search and rescue work. They are calm and have
a steady temperament when well-bred which is why they have been used
as "Seeing Eye" dogs. A GSD thrives on regular exercise,
mental stimulation and a well-balanced diet.
Regardless of their particular role, GSDs are excellent companions
provided they receive the attention, training, and exercise they
need and feel useful. On the other hand, a neglected GSD will use
those same wonderful traits to devise ways to amuse himself, much
to the chagrin of his owner.
These traits make a GSD an absolute pleasure to own when well-trained,
but in the hands of a novice, unconcerned, uncommitted owner, their
intelligence and drive can become difficult to manage.