| German Shepherd Dog
Background The German Shepherd Dog did not exist prior to 1899. The founder of the breed, Captain Max von Stephanitz, aspired to breed dogs which were truly utilitarian in their ability to work. This is still a priority with many breeders today, coupled with the need for a sound body and along with the trusted and loyal temperament that makes the German Shepherd Dog such an ideal companion.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. German Shepherds live up to 10 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The German Shepherd Dog is known throughout the world for its loyalty, trustworthiness and versatility. As a working dog, it is able to act as a guardian, herder, tracker, guide and, most importantly, as a trusted companion. It is in every sense it is a most capable working dog and loyal companion. The German Shepherd Dog should never be nervous, overly aggressive or shy.
Compatibility with other pets With proper introduction and discipline, German Shepherd Dogs do get on with other pets. The secret is early socialisation. It is most important that puppies be exposed to new experiences from as early as eight weeks of age.