THe history of the German Shepherd began in 1889, when German breeder Max von Stephanitz bought a "wolf-like dog with yellow and black markings". He changed its name from Hektor Linksrhein to Horand von Grafrath and set up the German Shepherd Dog Club with guidelines for the breed’s standard and the motto "utility and intelligence".

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They’re one of the UK’s most popular breeds of dog, but how much do you know about the brave and bold German Shepherd?

Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 11:26 am

The last 18 months have seen many of us welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, as the Kennel Club saw dog ownership rise by nearly eight per cent over 2020.

But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.

Those with active lifestyles might want to consider a larger dog, while somebody with allergies will be looking for a hypoallergenic dog.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.

One dog that often appears at the top of people’s canine wishlists is the German Shepherd – they were one of the UK’s 10 most popular dog breeds in 2020 and have a range of positive attributes that make them a great family pet.

Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the breed.

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