Is a German Shepherd the right dog for you?
In Landmark Research on Modern Dog Breed
development, the German Shepherd has been shown to share the most DNA with an ancestor of the following breeds:
The AKC Conducts Dog Racing Trials
each December in Orlando, FL. called the Fast CAT Invitational. This is a 100 yard race where dogs run individually chasing a lure. The average time for German Shepherds was a little over 24 mph. The fastest recorded time was by a female GSD named Caradoc’s The Wicked at 32.89 mph!
Growing Up German Shepherd
The CBARQ Dog Temperament Research
study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, is a giant study of over 300 dog breeds and 60,000 individual dogs. In this study, the GSD’s ranked high in aggression towards other UNFAMILIAR dogs. Essentially, this means a GSD is likely to meet the entrance of another dog into their territory with barking, growling and/or bearing of teeth. In extreme cases, they may try to snap at, lunge or bite the other unfamiliar canine.
While German Shepherd’s are a Robust
breed, with an average lifespan of 9-13 years, there are certain health conditions that effect them:
Hip and/or Elbow Dysplasia
The German Shepherd Dog Breed Club
of America offers a certificate to German Shepherds that are twelve years of age or older as a proud member of the The Thirteen (13) Club.