German Shepherd Dog

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German Shepherd Dog overview

Originates from German sheepdog stock (Deutsche Shaferhund).
Since 1914, the German Shepherd Dog has been a popular export from Germany. A fine working dog and an excellent pet, used for shepherding, police and military duties, guiding, tracking. The German Shepherd's versatility, intelligence and trainability, has ensured its long-term popularity. 

Other known names for German Shepherd Dog

Alsatian, GSD

German Shepherd Dog foreign names

Duitse Herdershond (Dutch), Berger Allemand (French), Deutscher Schäferhund (German), Perro pastor Aleman (Spanish)



Breed Group

Pastoral Group

Biological data

Male: 75-85 lbs.
(34-39 kg)
Female: 60-70 lbs.
(27-32 kg)
Male: 60-65 cm.
24-26 inches.
Female: 55-60 cm.
22-24 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
Black with tan markings
Black (all black)
Grey (all grey)
Sable (gray with lighter or brown markings)
Nose black.
Undercoat usually grey or fawn, except in all black dogs.
Final colour of young dog only certain when outer coat has developed.
Colour in itself is of secondary importance, having no effect on character or fitness for work.

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Germans Shepherd Dog – Breed standard

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German Shepherd Dog references and further reading

Deutsche Schäferhunde SV 


German Shepherds

German Shepherd Dog Rescue 
German Shepherd Dog League
German Shepherd UK
UK German Shepherd Rescue

Please get in touch

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German Shepherd Dog colours

Below are some examples of the various colours of German Shepherd Dogs, colour names sometimes differ from country to country, 
Colours can vary according to lighting, whether it was taken indoors or outdoors and even the quality of the dog. 
So sadly not an exact science.

Black and Tan

AP-N1H3IV - Two German Shepherd Dogs sitting together on a path
Photo © Animal Photography, Ron Willbie


AP-1NGTG4 - Black Shepherd looking up at camera
Photo © Animal Photography, Anita Peeples

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Featured image

AP-C0QHUK - German Shepherd Dog, looking ahead
© Animal Photography, Barbara O'Brien

German Shepherd Dogs outdoors

AP-NXDBUB - Large group of German Shepherd Dogs from Rozavel
© Animal Photography, Sally Anne Thompson

German Shepherd Puppies

AP-ERVKE2 - German Shepherd (aka Alsatian) puppy
© Animal Photography, Paul Cotney