The German Shepherd Dog, sometimes abbreviated to GSD, has a large build and intimidating appearance, which make it an excellent guard dog. The dog is loyal and protective of its owner. They can be aggressive towards other dogs, especially if the owner is present. They feel they must defend the owner from other dogs, and other people. They were previously called Alsatians.
German shepherd breeders in South Africa
Before buying a puppy, remember that it takes time and commitment to keep the dog in shape. The coat benefits from regular brushing. When choosing a puppy, ask to see the parents' Hip Dysplasia certificates as this condition could be hereditary.
German Shepherds need a big garden for exercise, and enjoy long walks. Train the puppy to walk on a lead. Some dogs have a habit of "shepherding" their owners by circling round them constantly, and you don't want the lead wound round your legs! We can picture the GSD shepherding livestock, and protecting them against predators.
This breed has been favoured by the Police as their alertness and high intelligence makes them suitable for police work like sniffing for drugs, and chasing and attacking criminals. Do train your puppy from an early age.
The back slopes downwards towards the tail.
The male German Shepherd Dog grows to 63 cm, and a female 58 cm at the shoulder. The colour is black and tan.
In South Africa, Afrikaans folk sometimes call the breed, "Duitse Herders Hond."
White shepherds are called "White Swiss Shepherd Dogs." They are not white alsatians!