Is your favorite dog the German Shepherd? These interesting German Shepherd facts might pique your interest. Given how intelligent and friendly they are, it is no wonder that the this is such a popular breed.
If you already own a German Shephard, these facts may not come as a surprise. Anyone who owns one would be able to tell you why these dogs are so popular.
Popular German Shepherd Facts
1. The 1st Service Animal In Great Brittian Was A German Shepherd
Great Britain trained 4 German Shepherds to act as guide dogs for 4 blind veterans from World War I. These dogs were handed over to their new owners on 6 October 1931.
2. German Shepherds Are The 2nd Most Popular Dog In The United States
3. German Shepherds Were Used In Both World Wars
German Shepherds were mainly used as messengers, guard dogs and search and rescue dogs by soldiers in both World War I and II. They were so good at what they did that K-9 training camps were established during World War II, making them a regular occurrence in the U.S military.
4. German Shepherds Are The 3rd Most Intelligent Breed In The World
5. Alsatians And German Shepherds Are The Same Breed
German Shepherds are still used as search and rescue dogs, but the Golden Retriever and Labrador have since taken over the guide dog position. You will often find German Shepards working alongside our police forces to keep us safe.
Here is a fun video showing the intelligence of German Shepards.
I’m Rita and I’m crazy about animals. I’ve been lucky enough to have had all sorts of pets throughout my life. This, along with my years of experience working as a professional dog trainer, has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about their care and behavior. I have several animal-related qualifications including dog training, equine science, and nature guiding. I live in sunny South Africa, where you can find me out walking my dog or caring for my rabbits when I’m not working.