August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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German Shepherd Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The German Shepherd Dog is exceptionally loyal and trainable. The GSD is a serious worker, gentle child’s companion, and devoted family friend and protector. Averaging 25” and 70 - 80 pounds, The German Shepherd is an active herding breed that needs exercise and purpose to be at his best.
Photo Courtesy of Joan Ronalder Vom Ron German Shepherd Dogs

German Shepherd Dog Puppy & Breed Information

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The German Shepherd Dog, aka Alsatian, uses his natural herding ability to keep track of his family, watching over children as faithfully and tenderly as he once stood guard over a newborn lamb.

The GSD deserves his legendary reputation as a multi-purpose, highly trainable dog. He bonds closely with one person and while "separation anxiety" can be annoying, the German Shepherd's judgment, calm demeanor, and intense loyalty make him an excellent leader for the blind.

Coat, Color, Care: Easy to care for, weekly brushing will keep the German Shepherd’s coat straight, hard coat glistening. Color should be strong, rich, never faded or dull.

German Shepherd Personality: He is reserved, dignified, never timid or nervous, non-aggressive and approachable by friendly strangers. Well utilized as a police and guard dog, such roles depend on special breeding and training. The German Shepherd Dog He is gentle with small animals and gets along well with other dogs making him an ideal choice for the multi-pet family.

The German Shepherd Dog’s brilliant mind should be developed at an early age. He remains high on the “most popular breeds” list for good reason.

Exercise Requirements: As a fast growing puppy, he needs a nutritious diet and moderate daily exercise. An adult German Shepherd has great stamina. Jogging or cycling with his person is ideal, making him an easy dog to live with.

Health Concerns: Some owners feel that the extreme shoulder and hip angles can lead to orthopedic problems including hip or elbow dysplasia. A fat or poorly muscled dog will be more susceptible. A chronic form of pancreatitis may be genetic and can cause weight loss and poor condition. As in all breeds, diabetes, epilepsy, and eye problems can occur and have been linked to recessive genes.

More German Shepherd Dog photos, puppy pictures, and the Official German Shepherd Dog Breed Standard

German Shepherd Dog (Alsatain) AKC Standard
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