German Shepherd Dog Field Guide

PetMD Editorial
Updated: November 25, 2020
Published: February 10, 2016
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At the front line of canine royalty is the German Shepherd. This extremely loyal and noble guard dog is part of the herding group of working dogs, originally bred in Germany to herd a shepherd’s flocks.

The intelligence and versatility of the German Shepherd dog breed is unmistaken and cherished in their owners. They can be protective, often asserting dominance over other dogs, but are friendly toward their own family and other dogs in the home. German Shepherds tend to portray an aura of aloofness towards strangers, but will undoubtedly put their life on the line to save their loved ones.

The steadiness and intelligence inherent in the German Shepherd temperament makes this dog breed an ideal companion for any dog lover. To learn all about the German Shepherd dog breed, look at our German Shepherd field guide below.