Five Amazing Facts About German Shepherds

German Shepherd dogs are one of the world’s most popular breeds. They are beautiful and courageous and it’s easy to see why. Here are five amazing facts about these great dogs:

One – The very first Seeing Eye Dog was a female German Shepherd named Buddy from the 1920’s. Because of her, the Service Dog Movement was born, which helped thousands of adults and children.

Two – German Shepherds are naturally heroic. There are many documented stories of these great dogs putting themselves in danger to save their owner’s or their owner’s family, including jumping into rough water to save drowning children and throwing themselves between venomous snakes and a person who was about to get bitten.

Three – German Shepherds love to work. These dogs are happiest and most content when they have a job to do. They excel at herding, at rescue work and as K-9 police animals.

Four – German Shepherds have star power. From Rin Tin Tin who was rescued from a bombed out French kennel in World War I and became a film star in the 20’s to Strongheart who was a retired police dog, GSDs have excelled in Hollywood.

Five – Speaking of acting, in the 1980’s a Dutch director produced a play starring six German Shepherds, who were sent for acting classes to Amsterdam. The play, Going To The Dogs, was a flop. is a comprehensive site for information dog owners can rely on, and includes tips on health, exercise, fun facts, breed profiles and much more. To access the complete article on dogs and bones, plus the article mentioned above and more, just go to has a free active Facebook Group of dog parents which any dog owner is welcome to join at  The WoofPost’s official hashtag is #woofpost

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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