Keely very kindly brought her two German Shepherd dogs, Inca and Roxy, along with her partner, Matt’s German Shepherd, Dino for me to photograph. And what a lot of fun these guys where! From chasing up and down the fields, jumping in the river, exploring with their noses and a little posing there was never going to be a dull moment. I feel privileged to have spent an hour or so with these guys and they are a real credit to both Keely and Matt.
Here is a little information on the German Shepherd.
The breed is a large working dog that originates from Germany. The officially recognised name is German Shepherd dog in the English language, Deutscher Schäferhund in German. The breed is also formerly known as the Alsatian Wolf dog or Alsatian. Its a relatively new breed of dog, that only dates back to 1899. They are working dogs originally developed for herding sheep. Since then however, because of their strength, obedience, intelligence and trainability, German shepherds are often preferred for many types of work, including police, search and rescue, assistance, and the military. They are the fourth most popular breed of dog in the UK.
Author Stanley Coren ranked the German Shepherd third for intelligence in his book, The Intelligence of Dogs. In his research he found they had the ability to learn the more simple tasks after only five repetitions and would obey commands first time 95% of the time. Along with their known strength that makes them as desirable to the police, as guard and rescue dogs.
It was Von Stephanitz that named the breed Deutscher Schäferhund, literally translating to “German Sheep Dog”. After the 1st world war the UK Kennel Club renamed the breed to Alsatian Wolf Dog due to the anti-German sentiment of the time. The reason being they thought the word German in the breeds name would harm the popularity of the dog. After campaigns by breeders the appendage “wolf dog” was dropped. The breeders were worried the breed may become mistaken as a wolf-dog hybrid which would affect the breeds popularity.
The name Alsatian remained in use for 50 years until 1977 when campaigns by dog enthusiast put pressure on the UK Kennel Clubs to allow the breed to be registered as German Shepherds once again. The word Alsatian was still very much part of the parentheses as part of the formal breed name and was not removed until 2010.
German Shepherds are highly active dogs, they can become over-protective of their family and territory and are not inclined to become immediate friends with strangers. However being very intelligent they are trained quite easily and will fit into most homes and make great family pets.
If you are looking to capture some great images of your dogs this summer give me a call for a chat. As you can see, we have a fun filled couple of hours, out and about resulting in some fabulous pictures. Telephone 07880544220 for further details.”
A real fun afternoon with three German Shepherds.