German Shepherd Dogs

World Champion top quality German Shepherd Dogs and puppy sale winning top class Champion Shepherd breed.German Shepherd Rescue is a organisation dedicated to the rescue, short term fostering and long-term re-homing of German Shepherd Dogs


History and Origins of the German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd breed appeared late at the end of the 19th century in Germany and they were first exhibited at a show in Hanover in 1882. They were not like German Shepherds as we know them today though being rough coated, short tailed and rather resembling mongrels. The German Shepherd Dog as we now know it didn't really appear until after the Second World War.

The breed was actually created by the cross breeding of working sheep dogs from rural Germany by an ex cavalry officer called Max von Stephanitz whose aim was to create a working dog for herding which could trot for long periods.

A breed standard was drawn up and the first breed show took place in 1899 following which the GSD became firmly established across Germany. In 1906 the first dogs were exported to the USA

Since then, the breed has grown enormously in popularity and is now one of the most popular pedigree breeds in the UK as a pet as well as being the favourite working breed for many forces, especially the police. They are widely used for security purposes because of their strong protective instincts.

Many people in the UK still call these dogs Alsatians which may partly be due to the fact that they when they were first bred, the Alsace region of France was part of Germany were these dogs were very popular. In part it may also be due to the first and second world wars that the name Alsatian stuck as the word 'German' had a negative connotation. I still get people who think that Alsatians are the traditional short coat black and tan dogs and that German Shepherds are the long coated dogs that have become popular.

These dogs are highly intelligent and will show undying devotion to their master but they are dogs that need company and stimulation to be at their best. It is however, important to remember that this is a working breed and that they do have certain characteristics that some people might find difficult to live with. The German Shepherd should be steady, loyal, self assured, courageous and willing and should not be nervous over aggressive or shy. Nervous aggression is something that we are now seeing more often as a result of bad breeding. It is sad but there has always been indiscriminate breeding of German Shepherds right from the start, which has lead to problems with temperament and health.


Advice to help you settle your new  into your home and tips on training
Getting to Know Your

Whilst many people adopting from this rescue have previously owned a German Shepherd, your new dog will need time to get to know you and his new home.

We have learnt from many years of experience in GSD rescue, that following a few basic rules will help your new dog quickly settle into his new home and bond with his new family. Please take a moment to read these tips to ensure that this is a happy and successful rehoming.
Taking Your New Dog Home

Please take either a choke chain or body harness together with a secure lead when you go to collect your new dog. Do not rely on a normal collar as dogs can easily slip these. Once your dog knows you a normal collar or half choke will be fine.

When you go to collect your dog, make sure you spend a little time with him first and not just bundle him into the back of your car. Take him for a walk on his lead so that you become familiar to him.

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