GERMAN SHEPHERDS FACTS LIFE SPAN: 9-13 yrs. ORGIN: Germany COLOR: Black, black & tan, black & silver, red & black, grey TEMPERAMENT: obedient, watchful, curious, loyal, intelligent, courageous, alert, confident WEIGHT: Male 66-88 lbs. (30-40 kg), Female 49-71 lbs. (22-32 kg) HEIGHT: Male 24-26 inch. (60-65 cm), Female 22-24 inch. (55-60 cm.) Training a German Shepherd German Shepherds are smart, active dogs who will do best with smart active owners able to give them focused attention exercise and training. German Shepherd dogs are police dogs because they are easy to train and are protective to humans. History The German Shepherd dog is a breed of large dogs that originated in Germany in 1899. They were used for herding and guarding sheep. Von Stephanitz, the person who bred the first German Shephard named the dog Deutscher Schaferhund translated to German Shepherd dog. Health German Shepherd dogs have a-lot of health problems and issues including hip and elbow Dysplasia, blood disorders, digestive problem (probably due to nerves), epilepsy, chronic eczema, keratitis (inflammation of cornea), dwarfism and flea allergies. FUN FACTS -German Shepherds used to be used for herding sheep but now, they are mostly used by police and the military. -Another name for German Shepherd dogs are police dogs. -German Shepherds are the second most popular dog in America. -Strong heart, a German Shepherd was a canine star and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He starred in six movies. - Rin-Tin-Tin, another German Shepherd is known as America’s first rescue dog. He also has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.