The German shepherd is among the most commonly kept of all dog breeds, and for a very good reason. As among the most intelligent of all breeds, they are easily trained to carry out a range of tricks and tasks. From obeying simple commands such as sitting and staying, to something more complex such as helping to find survivors in rubble and leading the blind, they excel at behaving well and helping us out. They also make excellent family pets. They are known for their loyalty to their family and look up to them with unconditional love. They are great around young children and are patient during playtime.
There’s also another side to the german shepherd. Their size, power, intelligence and devotion to their owners make them excellent guard dogs. Even untrained German shepherds will guard their families fiercely. Those that have received advanced training find roles with the police, army and other security organisations. It’s a side that has led to a reputation held by many that the German shepherds are a dangerous breed, despite their loving nature.
Such an amazing dog is always likely to have some amazing stories to tell. Here are the top 10 facts about the amazing German shepherd dog.
German Shepherd Fact #10: Clever Boy
The German Shepherd’s intelligence is one of the main reasons for its popularity. It can be taught a range of tricks and commands, and picks them up a lot faster than most other breeds are able to. It will probably come as no surprise to German shepherd dog owners that they are the 3rd most intelligent breed of all, behind only the border collie and the poodle.
This intelligence has seen the German shepherd put to work in a variety of roles, which is part of the reason for its popularity. It can be trained to guard effectively and, if needed, run down and detain criminals. This has made them a popular choice in police forces and militaries throughout the world.
Their intelligence also makes them a wonderful family dog that can easily be house-trained. Bright and inquisitive, they want to know what is going on and love to get involved.