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4 Interesting Facts About German Shepherds

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Did you know that German Shepherds are the second most popular breed of dogs in America? They are held in high esteem for their protective nature, intelligence, ability to learn commands easily and quickly, and their temperament. German Shepards are a very fascinating breed. Here are some interesting facts about german shepherds you didn’t know. 

1. A German Shepherd Was the First Seeing Eye Dog

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German Shepherds are well known as service dogs in many different industries. They are trained to work with cops due to their speed, sense of smell, temperament, intelligence, and ability to work for hours without stopping. Not only do they work in K-9 units, but they are also quality therapy dogs. 

The first seeing eye dog, called Buddy was trained in the 1920s to help veterans injured and blinded in World War I. After Buddy’s training was shown to be successful, her owner Morris Frank and an American trainer Dorothy Harrison Eustis opened the first school for training seeing-eye dogs in 1929.  

2. There’s a German Shepherd Dog Club of America

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The German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA) is for German Shepherd Dog owners to promote and uphold the high standards for breeding practices and the American Kennel Club virtues. As a member of the GSDCA, you can participate in the committees dedicated to the health of German Shepherds. 

If the dog lover in your life is already a part of the GSDCA, consider getting them one of these German Shepherd gifts.

3. German Shepherds Are Incredibly Smart 

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German Shepherds hold roles as family pets, therapy, service, and emotional support animals, security, herding animals, and more. They are easy to train, especially if you begin training when they are very young. Like humans, puppies are very impressionable in their early years. 

When training a German Shepherd puppy, you can use simple commands like sit and stay and regularly reward them with treats, toys, or verbal praise. They have a good memory and can retain a lot of information. 

Also Read: Why the German shepherd Husky mix?

4. German Shepherds Are Movie Stars

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German Shepards have been in major Hollywood movies since the beginning. The first German Shepherd star, Strongheart was featured in four movies throughout the 1920s. Some Shepherd stars are even still known today. 

Rin Tin Tin is, arguably, one of the most famous dogs to be featured in Hollywood films. He starred in 27 movies during his career from the years 1922 until 1931. He was even given awards posthumously for his acting talents. 

4 Fun Facts About German Shepherds

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You can likely see why these dogs are the second most popular breed in America. As any German Shepherd owner will know, they make great and loyal companions. They have many qualities that make them different than other dogs.  

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun and intriguing facts about German Shepherds. For more cool and fascinating posts like this one, check out the rest of our site!