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German Shepherd

Country of Origin: Germany
AKC Group: Herding
Life Span: 11-14 Years
Grooming: Brush Daily
Exercise Needs: Long walks, Daily Play Time, Swimming, Treadmill running,
Watchdog ability: Outstanding
Character: Intelligent, Friendly, and Loyal
Trainability: A Joy to Train; Eager to Please
Home environment: Needs plenty of space
Good with Children: Yes
Good with Other Pets: Yes

Description

Loyal, protective, dutiful, intelligent, are all words to describe the German Shepherd Dog. They can be trained for any number of canine professions but are just as happy as house pets and family members. Adult GSDs are very loyal and protective, active and quite intelligent. The German Shepherd Dog can also be quite willful, but it is the extraordinary character and sound temperament, an incredible sense of smell and efficient working dog structure and size that makes the German shepherd the most versatile dog today although the German Shepherd requires a lot of work it repays the investment tenfold with its loyalty and loving companionship.

The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is a versatile working-dog, capable of being trained to perform a wide variety of tasks. German Shepherds are family pets, police dogs, guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, bomb and drug detection dogs, sheep and cattle herders, hunting companions, guard dogs, obedience champions, avalanche dogs, assistance dogs, show dogs, and more. Regardless of their particular role, German Shepherds are excellent companions provided they receive the attention, training, and exercise they need and feel useful.

A close-up of a German shepherd’s face will show the long muzzle, black nose and brown, medium-sized eyes. German Shepherds are a large sized dog which generally are between 22 and 26 inches at the shoulders, and weigh between 49 and 88 lbs. The ideal height is 25 in, according to Kennel Club standards. They have a domed forehead, a long square-cut muzzle and a black nose. The jaws are strong, with a scissor-like bite. The eyes are medium-sized and brown with a lively, intelligent, and self-assured look. The ears are large and stand erect, open at the front and parallel, but they often are pulled back during movement. They have a long neck, which is raised when excited and lowered when moving at a fast pace. The tail is bushy and reaches to the hock.

German Shepherds can be a variety of colors, the most common of which are the tan/black and red/black varieties. Both varieties have black masks and black body markings which can range from a classic "saddle" to an over-all "blanket." Rarer colour variations include the sable, all-black, all-white, liver, and blue varieties. The all-black and sable varieties are acceptable according to most standards; however, the blue and liver are considered to be serious faults and the all-white is grounds for instant disqualification in some standards.[

German Shepherds sport a double coat. The outer coat, which is shed all year round, is close and dense with a thick undercoat. The coat is accepted in two variants; medium and long. The long-hair gene is recessive, making the long-hair variety rarer. Treatment of the long-hair variation differs across standards; they are accepted under the German and UK Kennel Clubs but are considered a fault in the American Kennel Club.

Origins

The German Shepherd Dog has earned its degree of respect and admiration throughout the world for its versatility, intelligence, and loyalty. It has existed as a well recognized breed for a relatively brief period of time compared to other dog breeds. The early shepherd dogs of Germany were of several different types suited to their environments. Coat length and texture, color, and build all varied but these types all possessed ruggedness, intelligence, soundness, and the ability to do specialized work. The German Shepherd Dog (GSD, also known as an Alsatian), (German: Deutscher Schäferhund) is a breed of large-sized dogs that originated in Germany. The German shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, with its origin dating back to the 1800’s. As part of the Herding Group, the German shepherd is a working dog developed originally for herding and guarding sheep. Because of its strength, intelligence and abilities in obedience training it is often employed in police and military roles around the world. Due to its loyal and protective nature, the German shepherd is one of the most registered of breeds.

In Europe during the 1800s, attempts were being made to standardize breeds. The dogs were bred to preserve traits that assisted in their job of herding sheep and protecting flocks from predators. In Germany this was practiced within local communities, where shepherds selected and bred dogs that they believed had traits necessary for herding sheep, such as intelligence, speed, strength, and keen senses of smell. The results were dogs that were able to perform admirably in their task, but that differed significantly, both in appearance and ability, from one locality to another. To combat these differences, the Phylax Society was formed in 1891 with the intention of creating standardized dog breeds in Germany. The society disbanded after only three years due to ongoing internal conflicts regarding the traits in dogs that the society should promote; some members believed dogs should be bred solely for working purposes, while others believed dogs should be bred also for appearance. While unsuccessful in their goal, the Phylax Society had inspired people to pursue standardizing dog breeds independently.

In 1899, Von Stephanitz was attending a dog show when he was shown a dog named Hektor Linksrhein. Hektor was the product of few generations of selective breeding and completely fulfilled what Von Stephanitz believed a working dog should be. He was pleased with the strength of the dog and was so taken by the animal's intelligence and loyalty, that he purchased it immediately. After purchasing the dog he changed its name to Horand von Grafrath and Von Stephanitz founded theVerein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (Society for the German Shepherd Dog). Horand was declared to be the first German Shepherd Dog and was the first dog added to the society's breed register.

Horand became the centre-point of the breeding programs and was bred with dogs belonging to other society members that displayed desirable traits. Although fathering many pups, Horand's most successful was Hektor von Schwaben. Hektor was inbred with another of Horand's offspring and produced Beowulf, who later fathered a total of eighty-four pups, mostly through being inbred with Hektor's other offspring. In the original German Shepherd studbook, Zuchtbuch fur Deutsche Schaferhunde (SZ), within the 2 pages of entries from SZ #41 to SZ #76, there are 4 Wolf Crosses.".  Beowulf's progeny also were inbred and it is from these pups that all German Shepherds draw a genetic link. It is believed the society accomplished its goal mostly due to Von Stephanitz's strong, uncompromising leadership and he is therefore credited with being the creator of the German Shepherd Dog.

Popularity

When the UK Kennel Club first accepted registrations for the breed in 1919, fifty-four dogs were registered, and by 1926 this number had grown to over 8,000.The breed first gained international recognition at the decline of World War I after returning soldiers spoke highly of the breed, and animal actors Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart popularised the breed further. The first German Shepherd Dog registered in the United States was Queen of Switzerland; however, her offspring suffered from defects as the result of poor breeding, which caused the breed to suffer a decline in popularity during the late 1920s.

Popularity increased again after the German Shepherd Sieger Pfeffer von Bern became the 1937 and 1938 Grand Victor in American Kennel club dog shows, only to suffer another decline at the conclusion of World War II, due to anti-German sentiment of the time.As time progressed, their popularity increased gradually until 1993, when they became the third most popular breed in the United States. As of 2009, the breed was the second most popular in the US. Additionally, the breed is typically among the most popular in other registries.The German Shepherd Dog's physique is very well suited to athletic competition. They commonly compete in shows and competitions such as agility trials.

Name

The breed was named Deutscher Schäferhund by Von Stephanitz, literally translating to "German Shepherd Dog". The breed was so named due to its original purpose of assisting shepherds in herding and protecting sheep. At the time, all other herding dogs in Germany were referred to by this name; they thus became known as Altdeutsche Schäferhunde or Old German Shepherd Dogs. Shepherds were first exported to Britain in 1908, and the UK Kennel Club began to recognise the breed in 1919.

The direct translation of the name was adopted for use in the official breed registry; however, at the conclusion of World War I, it was believed that the inclusion of the word "German" would harm the breed's popularity due to the anti-German sentiment of the era The breed was officially renamed by the UK Kennel Club to "Alsatian Wolf Dog" which was also adopted by many other international kennel clubs. Eventually, the appendage "wolf dog" was dropped. The name Alsatian remained for five decades, until 1977, when successful campaigns by dog enthusiasts pressured the British kennel clubs to allow the breed to be registered again as German Shepherd Dogs. The word "Alsatian" still appeared in parentheses as part of the formal breed name and was only removed in 2010.

Modern breed

The modern German Shepherd is criticized for straying away from von Stephanitz's original ideology for the breed: that German Shepherds should be bred primarily as working dogs, and that breeding should be strictly controlled to eliminate defects quickly. Critics believe that careless breeding has promoted disease and other defects. Under the breeding programs overseen by von Stephanitz, defects were quickly bred out; however, in modern times without regulation on breeding, genetic problems such as colour-paling, hip dysplasia, monorchidism, weakness of temperament, and missing teeth are common, as well as bent or folded ears which never fully turn up when reaching adulthood.

Intelligence

German Shepherds were bred specifically for their intelligence, a trait for which they are now renowned. They are considered to be the third most intelligent breed of dog, behind Border Collies and Poodles. In the book The Intelligence of Dogs, author Stanley Coren ranked the breed third for intelligence. He found that they had the ability to learn simple tasks after only five repetitions and obeyed the first command given 95% of the time. Coupled with their strength, this trait makes the breed desirable as police, guard, and search and rescue dogs, as they are able to quickly learn various tasks and interpret instructions better than other large breeds.

Aggression and biting

The bite of a German Shepherd Dog has a force of 238 pounds

German Shepherd Dogs are among the top five most popular dogs in the United States according to American Kennel Club statistics and well-trained and socialized German Shepherd Dogs have a reputation among many as being very safe (see Temperament section below). In the United States, one source suggests that German Shepherd Dogs are responsible for more reported bitings than any other breed, and suggest a tendency to attack smaller breeds of dogs.[

An Australian report from 1999 provides statistics showing that German Shepherd Dogs are the third breed most likely to attack a person in some Australian locales.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advises on dog bite prevention and related matters, states "There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill."

Similarly, the American Veterinary Medical Association through its Task Force on Canine Aggression and Canine-Human Interactions reports, "There are several reasons why it is not possible to calculate a bite rate for a breed or to compare rates between breeds. First, the breed of the biting dog may not be accurately recorded, and mixed-breed dogs are commonly described as if they were purebreds. Second, the actual number of bites that occur in a community is not known, especially if they did not result in serious injury. Third, the number of dogs of a particular breed or combination of breeds in a community is not known, because it is rare for all dogs in a community to be licensed, and existing licensing data is then incomplete." Moreover, studies rely on 'reported' bites, leading the National Geographic Channel television show The Dog Whisperer to conclude that small dog breeds are likely responsible for more bites than large dog breeds, but often go unreported.

In addition, according to the National Geographic Channel television show, Dangerous Encounters, the bite of a German Shepherd Dog has a force of over 238 pounds (compared with that of a Rottweiler, over 265-328 pounds of force, a Pitbull, 235 pounds of force, a Labrador Retriever, of approximately 125 pounds of force, or a human, of approximately 170 pounds of force). Regardless, one source indicates that fatalities have been attributed to over 30 breeds since 1975, including small breeds, such as the Pomeranian.[

Temperament

Often used as working dogs, German Shepherds are courageous, keen, alert and fearless. The breed is marked by a willingness to learn and an eagerness to have a purpose. GSDs are extremely faithful, and brave. However, they can become over-protective of their family and territory, especially if not socialized correctly. German Shepherds love to be close to their families, but can be wary of strangers. Shepherds have a loyal nature and bond well with people they know. German Shepherds bond well with children with whom they are familiar. The only Aggression and attacks on people are due to poor handling and training. German Shepherds are highly active dogs, and described in breed standards as self-assured. German Shepherds are one of the smartest and most trainable breeds. An aloof personality makes them approachable, but not inclined to become immediate friends with strangers. German Shepherds are highly intelligent and obedient and some people think they require a "firm hand", but more recent research into training methods has shown they respond as well, if not better, to positive reward based training methods.

Health

Many common ailments of the German Shepherds are a result of the inbreeding required early in the breed's life.  One such common issue is hip and elbow dysplasia which may lead to the dog experiencing pain in later life, and may cause arthritis. A study by the University of Zurich in police working dogs found that 45% were affected by degenerative spinal stenosis, although the sample studied was small. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals found that 19.1% of German shepherd are affected by hip dysplasia.  Due to the large and open nature of their ears, Shepherds are prone to ear infections. German Shepherds, like all large bodied dogs, are prone to bloat.

The average lifespan of a German shepherd is 9.7 years, which is normal for a dog of their size Degenerative myelopathy , a neurological disease, occurs with enough regularity specifically in the breed to suggest that the breed is predisposed to it. Additionally, German Shepherd Dogs have a higher than normal incidence of Von Willebrand Disease, a common inherited bleeding disorder.

The German Shepherd Dog has some major health problems, ranging from hip dysplasia, to elbow dysplasia, and some minor concerns such as Panosteitis, von Willebrand's Disease, progressive posterior paresis, skin allergies, malignant neoplasms, pannus cataract, dreaded gastric torsion, perianal fistulas, cardiomyopathy and occasionally seen Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency. See the descriptions below.

German Shepherd Dog - Health Problems

Health guarantees: If you are looking for a German Shepherd puppy, it is very important to find a reputable German Shepherd breeder, one who cares about the breed and who has all breeding stock tested and cleared for various genetic problems before breeding. It is only by testing and breeding cleared specimens that these diseases will be brought under control. We suggest that you start your search with the breed clubs. Most clubs have a code of ethics and while it doesn't guarantee a perfect puppy, it's a lot better than dealing with breeders who don't know or care about such matters.

Elbow Dysplasia (ununited anconeal process): Due perhaps to improper development (different growth rates) of the three bones making up the elbow, the joint is lax or loose and in mildly affected dogs leads to painful arthritis. Whereas in severly affected dogs, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), fragmented medial coronoid processes and united anconeal processes can result from the stress in the joint.

Canine hip dysplasia (CHD):  is a skeletal problem, an abnormal development of the hip joint where the head of the femur does not fit snugly into the pelvic socket. It is characterized by a shallow acetabulum (the "cup" of the hip joint) and changes in the shape of the femoral head (the "ball" of the hip joint). These changes may occur due to excessive looseness in the hip joint. Hip dysplasia can exist with or without clinical signs. When dogs exhibit symptoms of hip dysplasia they usually are in pain and lame on one or both rear legs. Severe arthritis can develop as a result of the malformation of the hip joint and this results in pain as the disease progresses. See effective canine arthritis treatment More Hip Dysplasia information. See the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals OFA  See the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program PennHIP  You don't have to wait until your dog exhibits symptoms. You can take steps now to minimize the chances your dog will suffer arthritic pain due to hip dysplasia.  Treating your pet's impending or existing arthritis.

Panosteitis:  is a skeletal problem of spontaneous lamness and pain, usually in large breed dogs in the 5 to 14 month age range and affecting male dogs more commonly than females. The pain can come and go and last up to two months (sometimes up to a year). Analgesic medications like aspirin can be be helpful in controling the pain. In severe cases, corticosteroids may provide relief. Eventually the conditiont goes away.

von Willebrand's Disease (vWD):  is a blood disorder, a deficiency in clotting factor VIII antigen (von Willebrand factor). Dogs affected by the disease do not effectively utilize their platelets for blood clotting and therefore are more likely to have bleeding episodes associated with trauma or surgery.

Progressive posterior paresis: is a neural condition, a paralysis of one or both hind legs.

Cauda equina syndrome:  is a neural condition. The cauda equina (CE) is formed by nerve roots caudal to the level of spinal cord termination. Cauda equina syndrome (CES) has been defined as low back pain.

Pyotraumatic dermatitis ("hot spots"):  is one of two types of bacterial infections confined to the surface of the skin (the other being "skin fold dermatitis"). It is caused by allergies, parasites and poor grooming.

Skin allergies: Allergies in pets, are one of the most common causes of skin conditions. Allergies can be difficult to control and are chronic in nature. There are 3 main types of allergies in relation to skin conditions. It is possible for a pet to have a combination of all 3 allergy types: 1. Food Allergy; 2. Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD); 3. Atopy, or Allergic Inhaled Dermatitis.   Malignant Neoplasms (abnormal growth of tissue or tumor): A malignant neoplasm is infiltrative with metastatic potential. Therapy depends largely on the type of tumor, its location and size, and symptoms of the animal. With Canine Malignant Lymphoma, cyclic combination chemotherapy can achieve long-term remission.

Pannus cataract (chronic superficial keratitis):Chronic immune mediated keratoconjunctivitis sicca (CIKS) is the newer name for pannus. It is a serious inflammation of the cornea and is potentially blinding.

Gastric Torsion - or Bloat (Gastric dilatation volvulus GDV): This condition is caused by a twisting of the stomach and thus trapping the stomach contents and gases resulting in a rapid swelling of the abdomen accompanied by pain and eventual death if untreated. It is a

top priority emergency with immediate veterinarian action required. This is a predicament most common in large deep chested breeds. Anyone owning a deep chested breed, susceptible to bloat should be prepared by recording and

posting the exact emergency procedures for the veterinary hospital they go to - who to call after hours, how to get to emergency clinics or alternative facilities and what payment arrangements those facilities will require.

Perianal Fistulas PFs: are abnormal openings around the dog's anal area which soon get badly infected and can be painful. They may or may not emit a foul smelling odor. The dog is often observed to scoot along the ground. This is a very serious disease and early detection and treatment is very important.

Cardiomyopathy:  is a general term meaning "disease of the heart muscle". There are various types of cardiomyopathy, one being "Dilated Cardiomyopathy" (DCM), opposed to "Hypertrophic" Cardiomyopathy" (where the heart walls thicken instead of becoming thin). Cardiomyopathy is a serious problem in many breeds but especially in the Doberman Pinscher breed.

Pancreatic Enzyme Insufficiency (PEI):

Schutzhund is German for “protection dog.” The sport was developed in Germany to test the temperament of the German Shepherd Dog and is still used for that purpose today. The German Shepherd must have strong character, trainability, willingness to please, ability to scent, courage, and physical soundness. Schutzhund evaluates German Shepherds and other breeds for all of these traits. But most of all it is an exciting, competitive dog sport where handler and dog teams compete in tracking, obedience and protection. To earn a Schutzhund title, a dog must pass all three phases at the same trial. Training a dog in the sport of Schutzhund may take years of hard work and is a learning experience for both dog and handler. Since dogs must be mentally sound, confident, compliant, and energetic to succeed in Schutzhund, they are excellent companions and family members. A timid, aggressive, or couch-potato dog is not a good candidate for this sport.

Not all dogs are suitable for the sport of Schutzhund. Before earning a Schutzhund title, dogs must pass a temperament test called the BH (Begleithund), which includes obedience and traffic-sureness exercises. Schutzhund titles are awarded at three levels, each of which includes all three phases (tracking, obedience and protection). The Schutzhund 3 is the most difficult and demanding. The titles must be earned at an approved trial under a licensed judge. Two parent clubs currently administer the sport in the United States, the United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USA) and the DVG. Trials are held year-round depending on geographic location and competitions are held at the club, regional, and national levels.

Controversy

The Kennel Club is currently embroiled in a dispute with German Shepherd breed clubs about the issue of soundness in the show-strain breed. The show-strains have been bred with an extremely sloping back that causes poor gait and disease in the hind legs. Working-pedigree lines, such as those in common use as service dogs, generally retain the traditional straight back of the breed and do not suffer these problems to the same extent. The debate was catalyzed when the issue was raised in the BBC documentary, Pedigree Dogs Exposed, which said that critics of the breed describe it as "half dog, half frog". An orthopedic vet remarked on footage of dogs in a show ring that they were "not normal".

The Kennel Club's position is that "this issue of soundness is not a simple difference of opinion, it is the fundamental issue of the breed’s essential conformation and movement." The Kennel Club has decided to retrain judges to penalise dogs suffering these problems. It is also insisting on more testing for hemophilia and hip dysplasia, other common problems with the breed.

Breed clubs have typically responded that they feel they are being vilified for issues they were already aware of and attempting to address before the media storm erupted.


Schutzhund

Schutzhund is German for “protection dog.” The sport was developed in Germany to test the temperament of the German Shepherd Dog and is still used for that purpose today. The German Shepherd must have strong character, trainability, willingness to please, ability to scent, courage, and physical soundness. Schutzhund evaluates German Shepherds and other breeds for all of these traits. But most of all it is an exciting, competitive dog sport where handler and dog teams compete in tracking, obedience and protection. To earn a Schutzhund title, a dog must pass all three phases at the same trial. Training a dog in the sport of Schutzhund may take years of hard work and is a learning experience for both dog and handler. Since dogs must be mentally sound, confident, compliant, and energetic to succeed in Schutzhund, they are excellent companions and family members. A timid, aggressive, or couch-potato dog is not a good candidate for this sport.

Not all dogs are suitable for the sport of Schutzhund. Before earning a Schutzhund title, dogs must pass a temperament test called the BH (Begleithund), which includes obedience and traffic-sureness exercises. Schutzhund titles are awarded at three levels, each of which includes all three phases (tracking, obedience and protection). The Schutzhund 3 is the most difficult and demanding. The titles must be earned at an approved trial under a licensed judge. Two parent clubs currently administer the sport in the United States, the United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USA) and the DVG. Trials are held year-round depending on geographic location and competitions are held at the club, regional, and national levels.

The Three Phases of Schutzhund

Tracking tests the dog’s scenting ability. A track is laid in advance and allowed to age for a period of time. At that point, the dog is brought to the start and must follow the track without help from the handler and indicate articles dropped by the tracklayer. The dog is scored on its accuracy and commitment to finding the track and the articles. Handlers who do not wish to pursue a Schutzhund 1, 2 or 3 may opt to train for tracking only. Titles awarded are TR1, TR2 and TR3. Requirements are the same as those for the tracking phase of Schutzhund.

Obedience tests the dog’s ability to perform specific exercises, including heeling; sit, down, and stand while the handler continues to move; recall; retrieves on the flat and over obstacles; send-away with down; and a long down in the presence of another dog/handler team on the field. The dog is also tested for soundness during gunfire. Handlers who do not wish to pursue a Schutzhund 1, 2 or 3 may opt to train for obedience only. Titles awarded are OB1, OB2 and OB3. Requirements are the same as those for the obedience phase of Schutzhund.

Protection tests a dog’s courage, strength and agility while performing a series of exercises involving a decoy, or helper. The dog must search for the decoy, guard, pursue the decoy when he attempts to escape, defend against the decoy’s attack, and accompany his handler while transporting the decoy. The handler must demonstrate absolute control of the dog using mainly verbal commands.


Use as working dogs

Urban Search and Rescue Task Force dog works to uncover survivors at the site of the collapsed World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 attacks

German Shepherds are a very popular selection for use as working dogs. They are especially well known for their police work, being used for tracking criminals, patrolling troubled areas, and detection and holding of suspects. Additionally thousands of German Shepherds have been used by the military. Usually trained for scout duty, they are used to warn soldiers to the presence of enemies or of booby traps or other hazards. German Shepherds have been trained by military groups to parachute from aircraft.

The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most widely used breeds in a wide variety of scent-work roles. These include search and rescue, cadaver searching, narcotics detection, explosives detection, accelerant detection, and mine detection dog, among others. They are suited for these lines of work because of their keen sense of smell and their ability to work regardless of distractions.

At one time the German Shepherd Dog was the breed chosen almost exclusively to be used as a guide dog for the visually impaired. In recent years, Labrador and Golden Retrievers have been more widely used for this work, although there are still German Shepherds being trained. A versatile breed, they excel in this field due to their strong sense of duty, their mental abilities, their fearlessness, and their attachment to their owner.

German Shepherd Dogs are used for herding and tending sheep grazing in meadows next to gardens and crop fields. They are expected to patrol the boundaries to keep sheep from trespassing and damaging the crops. In Germany and other places these skills are tested in utility dog trials also known as HGH (Herdengebrauchshund) herding utility dog trials.


In popular culture

German Shepherds have been featured in a wide range of media. Strongheart the German Shepherd was one of the earliest canine film stars and was followed by Rin Tin Tin, who is now acclaimed as being the most famous German Shepherd. Both are credited with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Strongheart, one of the earliest canine stars Batman's dog Ace the Bat-Hound appeared in the Batman comic books, initially in 1955, through 1964. Between 1964 and 2007, his appearances were sporadic.

The Littlest Hobo is a Canadian television series, based upon a stray German Shepherd that wanders from town to town, helping people in need.

In The Beast Must Die a German Shepherd played the movie's primary antagonist, the werewolf.

German Shepherds have also played central parts in a number of films, including K-9 (which featured a real police-dog, Koton), The Hills Have Eyes, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and I Am Legend (which was played by Renee Calvin's "Ben"). Blondi, Adolf Hitler's German Shepherd, has been featured in a number of documentaries and films about the dictator, such as Downfall. The Austrian police drama series Inspector Rex centers around a highly intelligent German Shepherd. In Poland, a German Shepherd starred in a '60's hit television series Czterej Pancerni i Pies, named Szarik. The 1989 animated film, All Dogs Go to Heaven, its sequel, and the follow-up animated series all feature a German Shepherd named Charlie B. Barkin as lead character.

In the 2001 film, Kevin of the North, one of Kevin Manley's sled dogs is a German Shepherd named Trooper.