Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

German Shepherd Dog

Synonym(s): Alsatian, GSD


General information

  • Originates from German sheepdog stock (Deutsche Shaferhund).
  • Since 1914, the breed has been a popular export from Germany.
  • A fine working dog and an excellent pet, the German Shepherd's versatility, intelligence and trainability, has ensured its long-term popularity.

Biological Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from VetMedResource and PubMed.
  • Vilson A, Bonnett B, Hansson-Hamlin H & Hedhammer A (2013) Disease patterns in 32,486 insured German Shepherd dogs in Sweden: 1995-2006. Vet Rec 173, 116 PubMed.

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