The German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is a highly intelligent dog! Combined with their strength and agility, this makes the German Shepherd highly desirable as police, guard, herding, detection, and search & rescue dogs, as they are able to quickly learn various tasks and interpret instructions.
German Shepherd Dogs are very active, with a great willingness to learn, and an eagerness to please. They make wonderful family companions. They are very loyal to their owner and family, and bond well with children and other animals they are familiar with. Their intelligence makes them very easy to train. They are one of the most versatile breeds of dog!
As a versatile utility dog, the German Shepherd Dog breed has several different "types" that have their own origin, history and unique traits. These different types, although all of them are still German Shepherd dogs, can be better suited for different purposes and roles. Each type is valued and respected for what it brings to the breed. All of these types of German Shepherd dogs within the breed are unique for a variety of reasons. Physical appearance, drives, temperament and purpose varies among the lines, but all of them are German Shepherds equally.
For information on the GSD Breed Standard Visit the AKC Website - German Shepherd