The German Shepherd was immortalised in the Rin Rin Tin series that starred a German Shepherd dog from the days of the silent movies and on through to the fifties and sixties. Baby Boomers will stil recall "Yo Rinty", the catch phrase of the show.
These dogs are handsome, strong and muscular. They have pointed upright ears and a big bushy tail that hangs low. Their coats may be long hair or short and most often comes in black with tan, sable or all black, but also can come in white.
German Shepherds are often used as working dogs, because they are fearless and courageous. They are confident, clever and eager to learn. German Shepherds love to be close to their families, but may be wary of strangers. The German Shepherd has a very strong protective instinct and when used as a working dog, it is extremely loyal to its handler. Aggression and attacks on people are due to poor handling and training.
They require regular daily physical and mental exercise.
Males are 24 - 26 inches (60 - 65 cm) tall and females stand 22 - 24 inches (55 - 60 cm). Both genders weigh between 77 - 85 pounds (35 - 40 kg).
Extracted From: The Dog Breed Information Center (www.dogbreedinfo.com)