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German Shepherd's will do much better on a Professional FoodGerman Shepherd Dog
Jane Bicks, D.V.M.
Rin Tin Tin helped to make the strong, alert
German Shepherd a household breed.
Because of it's temperamental digestive tract, an
alternative professional food is required.
Bloat prevention for the German Shepherd is a must.
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Antioxidants should be started at age 2.
Spirulina or alfalfa are great choices.
During shedding season, add vegetable enzymes to the food.
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The German Shepherd and It's History
By: Tippy & Alfred
The German Shepherd Dog has also been
called the Alsatian
Wolf Dog. It is probably the most versatile breed of dog in
the world. German Shepherds have excelled at being
shepherding dogs, general farm dogs, war dogs, police dogs,
drug dogs, rescue dogs, tracking dogs, guard dogs, Seeing
Eye Dogs, Service Dogs, and more, as well as being one of
the most gentle, loyal and protective family dogs.
The German Shepherd Dog breed was created after Capt. Max
von Stephanitz of Germany began to try to breed a dog with
the working characteristics and appearance that he wanted.
He bought a dog that he thought was a good foundation for
his breeding program and then enlisted other breeders to
form a group and work together toward his goals. He
registered the first German Shepherd Dog, named Horan, in
1899. The foundations of the breed were the old German
breeds of farm and herding dogs.
Captain von Stephanitz and the other breeders he closely
managed succeeded well in breeding a dog that is highly
intelligent and looks so, and is elegant and self-confident,
very trainable, and friendly unless threatened.
A well-bred German Shepherd is capable of excelling in
Obedience and Agility work and Show, being the happy
playmate to the family children, and still knowing and
acting quickly and wisely when danger threatens any of his
people or their property. There are many stories about the
intelligence and protective skills of individual German
German Shepherd dogs average twenty-four to twenty-six
inches (sixty-one to sixty-six centimeters) tall at the
shoulder, females are a little smaller. They are a well
proportioned breed. The name "Wolf Dog" applies because
their size and shape are similar to a wolf, but the coloring
is not the same.
German Shepherds are found in many colors, with the most
well known being black and tan or black and silver. The hair
should be medium length, with a dense and harsh overcoat and
a light gray undercoat. The coat is shed throughout the
year, with a seasonal heavy shedding period. Daily brushing
is normally the only necessary grooming needed.
A German Shepherd needs daily exercise and challenge for its
emotional health. This is certainly true for pets that don't
have a "job". It needs
obedience training practice, a long
walk or jog each day, and to play with its people. German
Shepherds usually love to play with a ball or flying disk
and some enjoy swimming and other human/dog sports. A German
Shepherd that is left alone most of the time or given little
exercise or mental challenge can become emotionally and
physically ill and may turn to aggression or
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