The Origin of the Second most Popular Dog in the World, The German Shepherd

 This brief history is not intended to be all inclusive. It is an outline of breed history from a North American perspective.

The German Shepherd Dog is respected and admired throughout the world for its versatility, intelligence, and loyalty. It has existed as a recognized breed for a relatively brief period of time compared to other dog breeds. The early shepherd dogs of Germany were of several types suited to their environments. Coat length and texture, color, and build all varied but these types all possessed ruggedness, intelligence, soundness, and the ability to do specialized work.


With advances in transportation and communication came the forming of societies of herders and the first trends toward selective breeding of herding dogs, record keeping, and a gradual trend toward one type of dog which could work equally well under all conditions. In 1881, the first formal club, the “Phylax” society was formed but lasted only about three years.

In 1889 Captain Max von Stephanitzbegan the standardization of the breed. It all started at a dog show in Karlsruhe in western Germany. A medium-sized yellow-and-gray wolflike dog caught his attention. The dog was of the primal canine type, supple and powerful, and possessed endurance, steadiness, and intelligence. He was a working sheepherder, born with this ability, requiring no training other than direction and finish to become proficient at the task. This dog, Hektor Linksrhein, was purchased by von Stephanitz, renamed Horand von Grafrath, and became the first registered German Shepherd Dog.

Von Stephanitz founded the Verein für Deutsche Sch·ferhunde, SV (German Shepherd Dog Club), becoming the first president, and in a short period of time achieved the standardization of form and type in the breed. A standard was developed based on mental stability and utility. The captain’s motto was “Utility and intelligence”. To him beauty was secondary, and a dog was worthless if it lacked the intelligence, temperament, and structural efficiency that would make it a good servant of man. A breed standard was developed as a blueprint dictating the exact function and relationship of every aspect of structure, gait, and inherent attitude.

Von Stephanitz inbred heavily on Horand and also Luchs, his brother, to consolidate the bloodline. Horand’s best son, Hektor von Schwaben, the second German Sieger, was mated with his half-sister as well as through daughters of his own sons, Beowulf, Heinz von Starkenberg, and Pilot III.

Intense inbreeding also concentrated undesirable recessive originating from the mixing of the original strains. Von Stephanitz then inserted unrelated blood of herding origin through Audifax von Grafrath and Adalo von Grafrath.

As Germany became increasingly industrialized and the pastoral era declined, von Stephanitz realized the breed might also decline. With the co-operation of police and working dog clubs a set of specific tests was developed in tracking, formal obedience, and protection work. This was the prototype of the present Schutzhund trials. He persuaded the authorities to utilize the German shepherd dog in various branches of government service. The dog served during the war as Red Cross dogs, messenger dogs, supply carriers, sentinel, tracking and guard dogs.

The first German Shepherd Dog exhibited in America was in 1907. Mira von Offingen, imported by Otto Gross, was shown by H. Dalrymple, of Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania in the open class at Newcastle and Philadelphia. The first championships awarded German Shepherd Dogs was in 1913. In 1913 the German Shepherd Dog Club of America was formed by Benjamin Throop and Anne Tracy, with 26 charter members.

The German Shepherd Dog Club of America’s first specialty show was at Greenwich, Connecticut in 1915. In 1917, when America entered World War I, all things German became tabu. The American Kennel Club changed the name of the breed to the Shepherd Dog and the German Shepherd Dog Club of America became the Shepherd Dog Club of America. In England, the name of the breed was changed to the Alsatian.

With the end of World War I came a new appreciation for the breed. The German Army had made good use of the breed as a war dog. Tales told by returning U.S. fighting men, some bringing shepherds with them, and the intelligence and striking appearance of the dogs caught the attention of the general public. Rin-Tin-Tinand Strongheart, whose movies played on variations of the “boy and his dog” theme, shot the popularity of the breed sky-high. Puppy factories flourished to meet the demand, gutting the American market with poor quality “German police dogs”, resulting in a down-turn in popularity of the breed.

Serious breeding did continue such as by Mrs. Harrison Eustis, of Fortunate Fields Kennels, in Switzerland. Her approach was completely scientific with exhaustive research of breedings undertaken. The most widely known usefulness to which her dogs were put was as guide dogs for the blind at the famous Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey.

In 1922 Germany introduced a system of regular breed surveys – a criticism of each dog, with a graded description and recommendation for (or against) breeding. This type of system never caught on in America due largely to the cultural differences inherent in American society. However, good dogs were still produced as German dogs were easily available for American dollars highly sought after in inflationary Germany.

Von Stephanitz had become alarmed at the trend in the breed toward oversized square dogs. Other problems included lack of steady temperament and faults of dentition. He and the breed wardens decided drastic measures needed to be taken. At the 1925 Sieger show von Stephanitz selected Klodo von Boxbergas world sieger. This dog was dramatically different from the type of dog that had gone before him. He was of lower station, deeper and longer in body, short in loin and with a far-reaching gait. As it turned out Klodo proved to be a potent sire, successfully heralding a “new” type of shepherd. That same year Klodo was imported to America by A. Gilbert of Maraldene Kennels in Hamden, Connecticut. Klodo, through a number of important sons and daughters, is largely responsible for the faults and virtues of modern North American lines.

In 1936 John Gans imported SiegerPfeffer von Bern and in 1938 Sidney Heckert Imported Odin vom Busecker Schloss. Through their intense inbreeding and line-breeding, these were dogs that molded the majority of our modern day lines. Pfeffer was German Sieger in 1937 and had a great show career in America. Through Pfeffer a uniform type in America was established but with the faults of long coats, missing dentition, faulty temperament, overlong bodies and loins, and orchidism (missing one or both testicles).

The German Shepherd Dog was widely sought after during World War II, employed by Allied and Axis forces, as mine detectors, sentinels, guard work, messenger, and other services. In America, Dogs for Defense was formed, providing thousands of dogs to the army.

The paths of German and American shepherds diverged after World War II. The Americans continued largely with the Pfeffer and Odin lines while in Germany the breed was in poor shape. Many dogs had been killed or destroyed due to lack of food. The best that was left was bred, frequently outcross breedings, since there was no great selection of line-bred stock. Soon the breeders had individual dogs dominant in the desired virtues. They then began to line-breed or inbreed so that by about 1949 quality specimens began to appear at German shows. The pedigrees of these “new” dogs were largely of the result of “type” breeding without the influence of Pfeffer but having the great dogs behind him. Prepotent sires emerged, Axel von der Deininghauserheide, Rolf vom Osnabruecker-land and Hein v. Richterback, representing preserved pre-war genetics.

Through Pfeffer, American breeders established a beautiful type. This was concentrated by inbreeding, and in combinations with descendants of his half-brother Odin vom Busecker-Schloss. Many well-known kennels of the day, utilizing these lines were Long-Worth, founded by Lloyd Brackett, Liebestraum, owned by Grant Mann, and Hessian, owned by Art and Helen Hess.

In 1950’s America, some breeders recognized the need for some infusion of outcross blood and this was done through Klodo Boxberg and Odin Stolzenfels lines which blended well with American taste for topline, croup length and rear angulation. The Axel/Rolf/Hein combinations were also brought in notably by Troll von Richterback. Troll, 1957 Grand Victor, had remendous appeal. He was dominant in producing rear drive, hindquarter strength, muscle, bone, and head. He was also dominant in producing straight uppper arm, weak ears, blues, and fading pigment.

Imports critical to the breed in America were Bernd v Kallengarten and Falk v Eningsfeld. Bernd was imported by Ernie Loeb. Bernd was dominant for shoulder, forehand, bone, feet, substance, suspension, head, croup, tailset, and body length but also weaknesses for ears, steep croup, loose ligamentation, long coats, and high percentage of hip and elbbow dysplasia. Of note is the fact that Bernd introduced the solid-black gene into the American breed.

During the 1960’s there was an emergence of strong families of stud dogs. In Germany the SV was in control while in America breeders were open to follow their own preferences. Troll wielded a large amount of clout in America by producing the famous “F” litter Arbywood, including Fels, Field Marshall, Fortune and Fashion, bred by Lucy Woodard. This pedigree combined Odin Stolzenfels/Klodo Boxberg/Pfeffer/Utz as well as the Axel/Rolf/Hein combination. The Arbywood males contrasted with their pure American counterparts, being stallion males with the desired type.

Fortune was bred to Fran and Joan Ford’s Frohlich’s Elsa v Grunestal producing Lance of Fran-Jo, American and Canadian Granvd Victor. Lance represented a new era in American shepherds – angulation, topline and sidegait. Lance’s popularity in the sixties was also due to the American tendency to turn away from imports, perhaps due to cost and poor quality. Lance was geographically convenient to all parts of the U.S.A. and was widely used.

Lance produced many offspring which in turn became pillars of the breed in America, including Lakeside’s Harrigan, Cobert’s Reno of Lakeside, Eko-Lan’s Morgan, Cobert’s Golly Gee of Lakeside and Mannix of Fran-Jo. Important offspring of these dogs included Doppelt-Tay’s Hammer and Hawkeye who figured prominently in the late seventies.

Also concentrating on Lance and figuring prominently in the breed were Zeto of Fran-Jo and Zeus of Fran-Jo.

Also important during Lance’s time was Yoncalla’s Mike, a Bernd v Kallengarten grandson consolidating the Pfeffer/Odin blood. Mike was a potent sire transmitting balanced structure, rich colour, strong bone and good feet. Mike’s best known son was Grand Victor Hollamor’s Judd whose daughters were also widely used.

In Germany a very active market developed for German Shepherd Dogs sought in countries such as Japan, Italy, Scandinavian countries, South America, France, and others. The SV matured with innovation such as the “a” stamp, a tattoo identification system, emphasis on producing bloodlines, and stricter regulations for top ratings given to dogs. In America the reverse happened as show status was emphasized, professional handlers began to control the sport and systems such as the Futurity/Maturity system emphasized early breeding of dogs before their true genetic worth became clear.

The emerging sires of Germany were Quanto Wienerau, Canto Wienerau, Mutz vd Pelztierfarm, and Marko v CellerLand. Quanto was a dominant producer giving low-stationed, medium sized progeny with good forequarter, strong bone and heads, and good type but also some fading pigment, east/west pastern conformation, cowhocks, and short, flat croup. He produced many famous sons such as Dick Adeloga and Lasso di val Sole. Quanto linebreeding has continued in importance through dogs such as Uran v Wildsteiger Land.

Canto only lived about four years yet had an important impact on the breed in Germany. Canto passed on style, energy, and desire to show and move which was sought after by international buyers. Canto produced well when crossed with Quanto lines as well as traditional working lines. His famous son Canto Arminius was also a dominant force in the breed.

The SV began to place more and more importance on training degrees. The mid-sixties saw a minimum Schutzhund 1 degree, and the AD, an endurance test. Temperament and courage tests became more demanding, and the SV forced breeders to concentrate on problem areas such as missing teeth, poor croups, etc. Since SV officials were also the jduges at the Sieger show it was only the animals meeting their dictated requirements that received the top honours. Schutzhund 3 become mandatory for the top VA awards.

To this point, the mid-eighties, we end this brief history. Although starting with a common base, the breed in Germany and America has taken a separate but parallel course. The Americans, largely through Lance, and the Germans, largely through Canto and Quanto, have evolved closely-bred, although differing breeds in looks, movment, style, and structure. Both systems have cemented both desirable and undesirable characteristics into the breed. The Americans have the option to persue their own views and choose their own bloodline courses whether from within or outside their country.

The Germans, controlled by the SV, will likely continue to look within to develop the breed. The future will be interesting for the breed in both countries …

The German Shepherd is regarded as the smartest breed in the world. They can also adapt in many roles, from a seeing eye dog to all forms of military to law enforcement, drugs & cadaver rolls throughout the world.


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von BachHaus Vision & Mission Statement

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(dba) von BachHaus Kennel German Shepherds

The von BachHaus Vision & Mission  Statement

 The Vision and Mission Statement of von BachHaus Kennel remains the same: to insure that we remain steadfast in our commitment to the devotion of breeding quality German Shepherds.  Our core belief is that unquestionably the German Shepherd is the most versatile dog in the World.

The German Shepherd can accomplish and excel at any task set before them.

My Family and I have been breeding quality German Shepherd puppies for the past twelve years.

We are very proud to be an American German Shepherd licensed breeder by the State of North Carolina.  We are also delighted that we have been approved as a registered breeder with the American Kennel Club.  

Our main focus at von BachHaus Kennel is to improve the German Shepherd breed, not exploit it.

 We are gratified that we have placed our puppies with their forever Families who cherish and care for them.

 As the proud owner, I am always available for questions, advice or suggestions from our von BachHaus Kennel Family dog owners.

Our core belief still remains what is best for the Puppy/Dog is our ultimate Goal.

Our vision statement is to properly secure the right Family for each and every Puppy/Dog. This is obtained through collective  understanding of your Families’ needs.


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Summerwood Farm NC, LLC

von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds

von BachHaus Kennel begins with outstanding healthy parents who have shown no signs of Dysplasia and are certified GOOD by the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals” OFA .

 We provide, at no charge to our Owners, one week each year of quality BOARDING of their puppy/dog. This gives them the opportunity to interact with their parents and relatives and be in a nonstressed environment with plenty of time to run and explore our eleven acres here at the Farm.

 We provide, at no charge to our Owners,  DOGGIE BOOTCAMP to correct negative issues with your puppy/dog (when necessary).

 We provide, at no charge to our Owners, unlimited OBEDIENCE, AGILITY, TRACKING and PERSONAL PROTECTION Training on Saturdays. Training will begin this year on April 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM  at the Corporate Facility in Raeford. Training is always canceled during the Winter months, inclement weather and Holidays.  By 8:00AM we will state on the website if training is canceled.

We provide a comprehensive HEALTH GUARANTEE for your Puppy. Our primary objective is to breed strong, healthy, active and loyal puppies.

 Lastly, and we believe most importantly, open communication with Michelle, Sue, Tina and Walt whenever you have questions or comments regarding your puppy or the Breed.

We truly believe that our Family dog Owners are the very best part of the Kennel and this Facility.


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Nutrition, Exercise, Affection & Grooming Your German shepherd

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von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds

My Family and I wish to thank you for the purchase of your German Shepherd Puppy.

We truly believe that your owning a von BachHaus Kennel puppy makes you part of our Family.

  The needs of your new German Shepherd Puppy shall be discussed in four segments that we hope you will find informative. 

At von BachHaus Kennel, we have learned a lot from many years of experience of breeding, training and selling of German Shepherds puppies.   

In our opinion there are four main components necessary to maintain the health and well being of your puppy/dog.




In this segment, the nutritional needs of your dog will be discussed.  Again, the information being offered is merely our recommendation.  You may find that other foods satisfy your dog’s nutritional needs as well as those we feed our dogs.

Always remember that the German Shepherd is a carnivore and is the closest relative to the Grey Wolf.

A healthy, well satisfied puppy/dog is everyone’s goal, so let’s begin to examine and consider my feeding suggestions.

What are the Nutritional components necessary to insure that your pet is healthy?  First, would you enjoy your daily diet consisted solely of dry dog food day after day?  Most dog owners believe they are providing the best diet for their dogs, believing in the antiquated idea of only providing dry dog food and water.

Here is the menu we feed our dogs at  von BachHaus Kennel German Shepherds

Dry dog food:  The first ingredient listed on the bag should state Duck, Lamb, Fish or Meat (not by-products or meal or fillers)

Dairy Products, Cottage cheese, Meat & Fish Products such as Tuna, Mackerel, Salmon, Hamburger, Ham, Pork and Beef bones, Canned dog food, Poultry Products,  raw chicken quarters (not cooked), eggs, raw turkey necks and tails, honey & molasses  (2 tablespoons), Cooked white/red or sweet potatoes, Cooked white or wild rice, Vegetables: Green beans and carrots

(Most breeders will agree that you should not feed your dog nuts, onions, seeded grapes, raisins, chocolate or cooked/baked chicken/turkey with bones)

Having a variety of food choices, along with the daily mainstay of dry dog food, will satisfy your dog’s hunger requirements and protein intake.  A healthy dog is our Goal.

While we do not recommend a particular brand of dry dog food, we do suggest that your dry dog food contain no artificial coloring (dyes), grains or similar fillers and contain a minimum of 32% protein.



Always  remember that your German Shepherd puppy is an extreme athlete.

German Shepherds are still grouped today as “herding” dogs because of their speed, determination, agility and fearlessness.

Whether you live in an apartment, townhouse/condo, house or farm, with or without land, your German Shepherd requires daily exercise.

Your German Shepherd needs to be able to run daily, and requires long walks which will assist in increasing muscle mass.  Be sure that any exercises you give your dog to perform require that he/she runs full out.     

In addition, German Shepherds have web feet that allow them to easily navigate in water, which gives you the opportunity to exercise your dog in a pond, lake or ocean, if you desire.

Obviously, the exercise period can be utilized as play/training time and/or bonding time.

Exercise accomplishes many things with your vonBachHaus Kennel puppy/dog.

Our puppies have a lot of “drive,”  which requires walks, runs and play time. 

Throwing a ball for your dog to retrieve is great exercise, as well as a great way for you to bond with him/her.


Affection may be the most important aspect of the FOUR necessary requirements that I have mentioned.  

German Shepherds, in my opinion, have superior ability, endless courage, large size, super intellect and stamina that other breeds lack.

German Shepherds require a lot of affection, praise and constant reassurance they are loved.  In return, your German Shepherd will continually desire to please you and your Family, and will be easily trained.

Treat your German Shepherd with respect. 

You should always place your dog’s needs before yours.

German Shepherds are the most loyal of the large breed dogs.

Your purchase of a German Shepherd will be, in time, best possible investment you have made.  They are the greatest living alarm system in the world.

Your German Shepherd will protect you and your Family above all things.  All they ask in return is your Affection.


As pet owners, we consider our personal grooming a part of our daily activities.  

Our puppies and dogs also require the same constant care and grooming.  

This means:

Daily brushing with a “FURminator” brush

Weekly teeth brushing

Daily check for ticks

Weekly cleaning of ears

Monthly nail trimming 

Grooming your puppy/dog on a regular basis will provide a bonding experience for both of you.

 Use this quality individual time while “grooming” your puppy/ dog to feel or see any issue he/she may be having with his/her coat or anywhere on its body.  

One last thing, “talk to your dog.” Your puppy/dog loves to hear your calm nurturing voice speaking its name with affection.

It is my Family’s desire that the information provided has given you more insight into your dog, the German Shepherd.”

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this information, please e-mail or call us directly.

The Bach Family

Tina in Archdale, Michelle in Randalman, Sue in Aloula, SC and Walt in Raeford

 Should you ever have any questions or comments my Family & I am always available.


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To Spay/Neuter or to Keep your Puppy/Dog Intact

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von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds

To Spay/Neuter or to Keep your Puppy/Dog Intact

IMAG1122Many dog owners are confused about the question of whether or not to Spay/Neuter or keep their pet intact. In this Post, we at von BachHaus Kennel will give our opinion on this important question.

Most Veterinarians will tell new puppy owners that, to be responsible, you should Neuter or Spay your puppy. They will also state that Spaying and Neutering will decrease the chance of a variety of medical issues.
Please do your own research and be an informed dog owner.
You have committed a large sum of money and ten years to have your German Shepherd live as part of your Family
Neutering your dog will not make behavioral issues disappear. You will still have to train your dog. Neutering will not make the “red rocket” disappear, the humping go away, the constant barking stop, the food-aggression end or the toy-possessiveness vanish. If your dog had problems with recall, neutering won’t make it magically come when you call. It won’t make your dog easier to walk, or make it stop smelling every fence post, bush, gopher hole, and strange stick it sees.
Your dog won’t suddenly become friendlier to strangers, humans or animals. It definitely won’t make it stop chewing up your stuff. Neither will it make your dog less afraid of loud noises. It won’t make your dog “better with children.” It won’t teach them that the carpet is not okay to pee or barf on.

That’s not to say that neutering is pointless—it has a very concrete and valuable purpose. But there’s a lot of misconception involved, and many people seem to think that neutering is required to make dogs behave, or to clear up behavioral problems their dogs have. If you decide to neuter your dog, do it for all the right reasons, from a place of knowledge.
Remember, the biggest single factor in the behavior of your dog is not its ovaries or testicles; it’s the training and structure you provide. There seems to be a cultural perception that “fixing” dogs is the only way to get good behavior from them; the only thing that “fixes” a dog’s issues is training and love. It’s very tempting to buy into this idea that “fixing” makes for better, easier dogs, but at the end of the day, all dogs take plenty of work, love, and training, and neutering is just a surgical procedure to prevent unwanted puppies.
Another thing to keep in mind is that, for dogs, humping is just as much a dominance display as it is a sexual one — that’s why female dogs mount other dogs. Many neutered animals hump each other to try to assert dominance, and plenty of neutered animals get into fights.
There’s also research indicating that neutering dogs can increase nervous or neurotic behavior like barking, noise sensitivity, and fearful behavior — so be prepared that those behaviors may increase post-surgery, and have a plan to help your dog overcome them.
Choosing not to neuter your dog means you’ve chosen to keep his testicles intact. This will allow his testosterone to full develop in an adult male. It will be necessary to train your dog not to hump away whenever it wants, as well as teach your dog not to display aggression toward other dogs or humans.
But guess what? If your dog is neutered, you will be doing all of that anyway (except for the puppy care). You’ll also have the added burden of public judgment, so make sure to hit the training extra hard, just to show people that intact puppies/ dogs can still be amazing pets!
We hope that this post will give you a little more insight into the real reasons you should choose to neuter your dog, and if you decide that your dog should have a chance to pass on its lineage, we just hope you do it in the most responsible manner possible.
The other issue we have found is that puppies/dogs that are neutered or spayed have a greater tendency to gain weight which places more weight on their hips and elbows. to take responsibility for all future puppies. You will have to prevent escape attempts (especially when neighboring dogs or your dog is in heat.

We would appreciate your comments or questions regarding this Post.

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Is Crate Training Your Puppy’s Best Option?

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von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds

I feel compelled to write this post about the facts of Crate Training.

I have many prospective puppy owners ask my opinion regarding crate training for their new puppy.   In our Kennel’s opinion, a crate of any size should not be used for housing and potty training.

Imagine, if you will, your puppy being with his or her siblings where they are kept in a 10′ X 20″ area to eat, sleep, play and potty.   Then the new owner brings home the 6-week-old puppy who is excited to be coming to his forever home, only to find that when the owners are going away or going to bed for the night, he/she is placed in a plastic/metal crate.  How depressing that must be!   The idea that Crate Training is a good way to housebreak a puppy has been passed on from one person to another.  Crate Training, Crate Training, Crate Training!

So now your new puppy is spending his or her first night in a strange place in a six sided container.   During parts of the day and all night that is what puppies can expect from their owner — a Crate.

Many crates allow for only minimum vision.  If the sides and top are enclosed, they can not see the world around them.  How do you talk to your puppy?  Though one of the walls?  How do you touch your puppy?  By placing several fingers through the front grate?   

Now let’s discuss food, water and having to go potty.  If food and water is placed directly on the floor of the crate, the puppy will spill the food and water and chew anything it can from boredom.

Please do yourself and your puppy a big favor by purchasing a pen that consists of 8 connecting panels 36” high by 24” wide.  The entire panel set weighs less than 20 pounds.   Ours has been in use for many years.  The panels will go right around a five foot plastic swimming pool that we occasionally place our young puppies in, the panels can be connected so your puppy has more room and visual contact, and you can easily talk to and touch them more easily. 

 We have found that bonding time is increased by using the open panel system.  These connecting panels can be purchased at PetSmart and other pet stores.


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Is a German Shepherd the right Breed for You?

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von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds
Is the German Shepherd the right breed for you?
The German Shepherd dog is a noble dog breed with a rich history of serving man. With his keen intelligence and eagerness to work and follow commands, he’s earned the reputation of being a top canine breed. It’s not surprising that this strong and capable dog makes an excellent pet if carefully selected and properly trained. What should you consider before you bring a German Shepherd dog into your home? Here are the advantages and disadvantages to owning a German Shepherd:
Advantages of Owning a German Shepherd:
The German Shepherd dog breed is extremely intelligent.
This dog breed is always listed in the top five on lists of most intelligent dogs. They are known for learning very quickly and with appropriate training can perform an array of complex tasks. It’s not surprising that German Shepherds have found employment in police K-9 units, as bomb sniffers, as search and rescue dogs, and as canine members of the military. The versatility of this breed is amazing.

They are eager to please.

The German Shepherd dog is easily trained due to his eagerness to please and his strong motivation for learning new tasks. When given proper obedience training, the German Shepherd can become a model canine citizen.

German Shepherds are very effective guard dogs.

With their strong athletic bodies and unwavering sense of loyalty to their family, the German Shepherd is a gifted guard dog. Ever alert for signs of danger, the German Shepherd will sound the alarm and is willing to lay down his life to save his owner, if necessary. More than a few dog heroes of the year have been German Shepherd dogs.

Disadvantages to owning a German Shepherd:

German Shepherds need and require exercise and mental stimulation.

A German Shepherd needs to have a job and a sense of purpose. This dog breed won’t be happy confined to a house or apartment all day and will manifest their displeasure with destructive behavior. They need frequent exercise to expend some of their considerable energy.

They can be overly protective.

The German Shepherd dog breed has a tendency to be suspicious of strangers unless given early socialization. It’s important that they interact with a variety of people from a young age in order to learn to differentiate the “good guys” from the “bad guys”.

They are prone to health problems.

This German Shepherd dog breed is prone to a variety of health problems including hip dysplasia, hemangiosarcoma, pancreatitis, and intestinal bloat. Count on spending some money on veterinary bills if you choose to adopt this breed.

German Shepherds may be aggressive with other animals.

If you have other pets at home, particularly cats, introducing a German Shepherd into your family may present problems. It may take patience and a lot of training to help them overcome their tendency to chase other animals.

There is the potential for legal liability.

The German Shepherd is one of the dog breeds some insurance companies have on their black list, meaning they won’t insure you if you have one or will charge you a large premium. This is a sad fact of life since many German Shepherd dogs make model pets with proper care and training.

It can be a joy to share your life with a German Shepherd dog if you have the time and inclination to train them properly and stimulate them both mentally and physically.

Is the German Shepherd dog breed right for you and your family?





Quindo & Mia

Every Dog Needs a Good Family and every Family Needs a Loving Dog

The von BachHaus Family
Tina from Archdale, Sue from Alcolu, SC, Michelle from Randalman and Walt from Raeford
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