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Below you will find the German Shepherd Breed Standards and requirements for this breed in the major Dog Kennel Clubs such as UKC and the AKC.
- Overall Appearance: The GSD is strong, agile, well muscled, alert, and full of life. This breed carries itself in a noble and confident manner. When in motion, the muscular fitness level of this breed is very well noticeable. The overall expression of this animal hints to its loyalty and willingness to please.
- Head: The head is carried high when in the state of attention of excitement.
presents an outline of smooth curves rather than angles. Eyes are very dark (blue to black), medium size, almond shaped, and not bulging. The muzzle is long and strong, and runs parallel to the topline of the skull. The nose is black.
- Neck and Body: The neck is strong and muscular, clean-cut and relatively long, proportionate in size to the head and tight skin. The dog is longer than tall, deep-bodied, and presents an outline of smooth curves rather than points. The withers are higher than and sloping into the level back. This dog has a noble yet lax expression and body language.
- Tail: The GSD’s tail is bushy, and held at a slope.
- Forequarters and Hindquarters: The forequarters and hindquarters are both equally muscled and balanced.
- Coat: The GSD should have a double coat of medium length. The outer coat should be as dense as
possible, hair straight, harsh and lying close to the body. It should never be soft, silky, or curly. \
- Color: The GSD comes in many colors, but dilutes such as blue or liver (champagne) or white are not allowed.
- Gait: The GSD’s gait is an effortless trot.
- Size: The GSD is always longer than it is tall, in proportion. The height for males at the top of the highest point of the shoulder blade is 24 to 26 inches. Females are 22 to 24 inches at the highest part of the withers.
- Temperament: Confident, alert, never timid, never shy. Loyal and never nervous. This dog’s temperament is ideal for work as it is always ready to please the handler and master.
German Shepherd Breed History
The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) was officially recognized as a breed by AKC in 1908. They were derived from the old breeds of herding and farm dogs from the late 1800 and beyond.
List of German Shepherd Breeders
Below is a list of German Shepherd Breeders, check back often for new kennels.