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Max von Stephanitz was born in Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony, into German nobility, he was also a career cavalry officer and spent some time serving at the Veterinary College in Berlin.
In the waning years of the 1800s, he made it his mission to develop the ideal German herder. Von Stephanitz along with other like-minded breeders crossed various strains from the northern and central districts of Germany, resulting in the ancestors of today’s German Shepherd Dog (GSD)
Von Stephanitz co-founded the world’s first club devoted to GSDs and spent 35 years promoting and refining the breed.
The German Shepherd Dog (Deutshe Schäferhund) descends from the family of German herding dogs that, until the late 19th century, varied in type from district to district.
In England, the dog was renamed the Alsatian Wolf Dog, after the German-French border area of Alsace-Lorraine. The AKC went back to using the original name of German Shepherd Dog in 1931; it took until 1977 for the British Kennel Club to do the same.
German Shepherds are active and intelligent dogs. They must be kept busy learning, playing, and working. Daily exercise, both physical (such as jogging and Frisbee) and mental (such as training sessions), is a must.
If they’re well-trained and have had plenty of exposure to kids, especially as a puppy, a German Shepherd is a great companion for children. In fact, some say they’re a cross between a babysitter and a cop, both gentle with, and protective of, the children in their family.
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