German Shepherds have consistently made “Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs” list during the 1980s, 1990’s and since since the year 2000.
About German Shepherds
Fluffy, outgoing, and playful as puppies, it is easy to see the strong popular attraction to the these dogs when they are young. But German Shepherds grow into large dogs and without properly handling can become difficult to control.
The German Shepherd breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1908 and is classified in the group Herding and AKC Herding.
Height: Dogs 24-26 inches (60-65cm.) Females 22-24 inches (55-60cm.)
Weight: 77-85 pounds (35-40kg.)
Personality and Traits
German Shepherds are valued for their courage, intelligence, and loyalty. They can be trained to perform complex tasks and work well under intense situations including police work and during war time.
German Shepherds are agile, have powerful jaws and an excellent sense of smell which make the a great choice for police work, service dogs, and for search and rescue and other jobs like drug and bomb detection that requires a keen sense of smell and the ability to focus.
Most breeders recommend an experienced dog owner because this breed does best with consistent and patient leadership, training, and plenty of exercise. They generally tend to be dominant and do not respond well to submissive or fearful handlers, or to abuse.
Although German Shepherds are short-haired dogs, their coat requires a fair amount of brushing due to a thick undercoat that can develop and fall out in clumps.
The breed is not necessarily considered aggressive by nature, but highly protective which can lead to aggression. Poorly bred or untrained German Shepherds are capable of inflicting tremendous damage to humans and other animals because of their speed and powerful bites.
Like Rottweilers, German Shepherds are loyal and protective to anyone they see as part of their “pack ” and may develop a “guarding issue.” This includes the owner, family members, and sometimes other animals. Because of their naturally protective nature, early and extensive socialization is important when raising a German Shepherd puppy.