Saturday, February 7, 2009
The History of the German Shepherd
Since we got Sable, I have become interested in the history of her breed. I see where the Von comes from on her pedigree!
"The German Shepherd is considered as one of the most elegant and noble breed of dogs. With its high pointing ears and shiny coats, the strong and agile appearance of these dogs are only preceded by their intelligence. These dogs learn quickly and will never forget what was taught to them. Because they are hardworking and active, German Shepherds are also praised for their capability to do work. But just where did this breed come from? How did this breed attain the reputation that it has now?
During the mid-1800s, a group of dog breeders called the Phylax Society was formed in order to foster a local breed of dogs for the German nation. This group conducted discussions and experiments by mixing different breeds, hoping to arrive with an offspring that had the advantages of its parents. Unfortunately, the group did not last long and in 1894, the group disbanded. Though the Phylax Society was not successful for the creation of the current German Shepherds, the studies it conducted was able to give way for its creation.
By the end of the 19th century, a German captain named Max von Stephanitz, who is considered as the father of the breed, formed another group that aimed for the creation of the best breed of sheepdogs, from which arrived the modern-day German shepherds.
Though there were high risks in having defective offsprings, inbreeding was necessary to permanently fix the qualities during the early years of the German Shepherds. In order to keep the breed alive, Von Stephanitz had to find other uses for the breed aside from regular sheep herding. He soon realized that the abilities of the breed can be very helpful for government activities. During the two world wars, the German Shepherd has gained much praise from their owners for being a very brave and reliable companion in the field. It is for these reasons that the breed has become one of the most popular breeds in the world.
After the second world war, the name of the breed was changed for certain reasons. From the German Shepherd it became the Alsatian wolf dog which was named after the German-French border Alsace-Lorraine.(no wonder I am attracted to these dogs. They come from the same region the Winkle's originated.) But in 1977, the original name of the breed was returned and is currently used in most countries."
I see these traits in Sable. Yesterday LuAnn took her out on the leash in the snow while I loaded wood. She smelled the coyote tracks and burrowed her nose in the snow and pushed through it past every step and wouldn't lift her nose, a 4 legged snow plow!
She loves attention and is a picky eater. She is quite skinny but growing frame right now. We are feeding her the traditional dry puppy chow. I hope we don't have to go to a canned mix, I don't like handling that product! We would like to see her eat a little more though.
How do you adjust to your dog's appetite? Farmers tend to feed them the cheapest thing on sale and think they are lucky to get that.