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.

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