History of The German Shepherd
Just like the name suggests, the German Shepherd originates from Germany. They were created in the 19th Century by Captain Max von Stephanitz. His aim was to produce a dog that the military and police could use.
After catching the attention of dog lovers, the German Shepherd came to the US around 1908. Rin Tin Tin is known as the most famous of the early German Shepherds in the US. Their popularity rose intensely after World War I when soldiers talked about the heroic work their dogs did. Further, movies featuring Rin Tin Tin and fellow German Shepherd Strongheart captured the American audiences. For a time, the German Shepherd was the most popular breed in the United States. It is still the second most popular dog breed in America.
Today, the German Shepherd is well-known for its ability to retain training for many special services. They get used by police officers and the military, as guide dogs for the blind, guardians, drug and contraband detection dogs, and Search and Rescue dogs. Most, however, get purchased to serve the important role of devoted family friend and protector.