The German Shepherd Dog is scores high marks in both form and function. They are an intelligent, powerful, and agile breed with a high aptitude for many kinds of work and are the world’s leading police, guard, and military dog. In addition, they excel as family companions, herders, guides for the blind, show competitors, and almost any other canine occupation we present them with. They were developed by Captain Max Stephanitz, among others, in the late 1800s at Karlsruhe, Germany from old breeds of herding and farm breeds. They were first exhibited in America in 1907 and later, TV shows such as Strongheart and Rin-Tin-Tin served to cement the breed in the hearts of Americans and send the German Shepherd Dog’s popularity skyward. They are highly interactive and loyal breed and make affectionate family pets and alert watchdogs. Proactive training is a must, as with any strong, energetic breed and they require plenty of exercise and frequent brushing.