12 Interesting Facts About German Shepherd Dog That You Probably Didn’t Know

Updated on 14 Jun, 2018 at 2:52 pm


Dogs are known to be man’s best friend. They are the most selfless creatures who are extremely loyal, kind and protective of their loved ones. Be it moments of joy or sorrow, you’ll always find them beside you. Here, we’ll be talking about German Shepherds which are one of the most popular breeds and are found in all parts of the world.

Here is a list of 12 facts about German Shepherd:-

1. The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog with their origin dating to 1899 in Germany.


 2. A study done on more than 100 dog breeds found out that the German Shepherd is the third most intelligent dog.


Such is their intelligence that they are determined to find solutions to the problem they perceive. Poodle and Border Collie are the only two breeds that rank higher than the Shepherd.


3. The average lifespan of a healthy German Shepherd is 11-14 years.


4. It comes in the list of top breeds of dog which have the best sense of smell.

The German Shepherds are said to have 225 million scent receptors in their nose that enables them to sense almost anything in air or ground around them. Just to give you an idea, humans have 400 such receptors.


5. This breed comes in a variety of colors and patterns namely black, white, grey, sable, etc.


6. The bite of a German Shepherd is so powerful that it is enough to take down a human, break bones, tissue and tendons.


7. They are used by police agencies and armies all around the world due to their intelligence and agility.

German Shepherds are trained to perform different tasks which include search and rescue, cadaver searching, narcotics detection, explosives detection and mine detection. Known as canine soldiers, they are deployed in various wings of the Indian Army as well.


8. German Shepherds can learn simple tasks after only five repetitions.


9. This breed obeys commands 95 percent of the time.


10. Such is their loyalty that once a 15-year-old German Shepherd, named Caption, refused to leave his owner’s graveyard and died just beside him.

Caption’s owner, Miguel Guzman, died in 2006 and after some time the dog went missing from the family. Everyone thought that he had run away but were shocked to find the dog beside the owner’s graveside after months. No one knows how he found out the place. He refused to leave the cemetery and lived there for almost a decade and finally died there due to kidney failure.


11. A male German Shepherd named Rin-Tin-Tin became an international star and appeared in record 27 Hollywood films.

During the World War I, Rin-Tin-Tin was rescued by an American soldier named Lee Duncan from the battlefield. He trained the dog and later got him a role in a movie. Rin-Tin-Tin made his star debut in a movie named ‘Where The North begins’ in 1932. He got worldwide fame and went on to appear in record 27 Hollywood films. After his death, many TV shows were made based on him, the most popular being ‘The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin’.


12. They love being around children and show extreme care and affection towards them.