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What breed of dog is known as an Alsatian?

This child is Rogue who ended up in the council kennel before Christmas in a terrible state. With much care from the kennel, we were asked if we could take him in and find him a good home.

Rogue was microchipped but not registered! He started the vaccinations.

German Shepherd

Whether the German Shepherd is a family dog, a fellow soldier or a service dog for the blind, they are undeniably one of the most loyal dog breeds around. They are calm and collected with an unmatched dedication to loving and protecting their human or entire family unit (including children and feline siblings). That doesn’t mean they are always in «working mode». German Shepherds also love to play and cuddle with their humans, albeit with an ever-attentive eye to their surroundings. There are five main types of German Shepherds: American Line, Western Line, Western Working Line, Eastern Working Line DDR, and Czech Working Line. Show dogs compete in conformation dog shows, such as Westminster. Working Line German Shepherds are bred and trained to work as military, police, or service dogs.

Breed overview

22 to 26 inches, across the shoulder

From 50 to 90 pounds

Life expectation:
7 to 10 years

The basics of German shepherd grooming

The German shepherd dog has a thick, medium-length double coat that sheds a lot and constantly, so much so that even its fans call it a “German spreader”. The undercoat sheds heavily in the spring and fall, and the German Shepherd needs to be brushed and bathed frequently during that time to get rid of any loose hair. The rest of the year, weekly brushing is usually enough to keep it clean. If the German Shepherd is your favorite breed, buy him a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner; Don’t get a German Shepherd if you have allergies or are a fussy housekeeper.

The rest is basic assistance. Trim your nails every few weeks as needed and brush your teeth frequently for overall good health and fresh breath.

Why one name for two dogs?

The German Shepherd was originally called Deutscher Schaferhound, which means German Shepherd. As early as 1899 this breed was bred as a working dog. However, during World War I and World War II, the German Shepherd became very popular and was praised for its agility and intelligence.

Throughout the war, the British were engaged in a fierce battle with German forces, with one such battle being in the Alsace-Lorraine region bordering France and Germany. The British avoided anything containing the word German. Because both countries found German Shepherds to be useful and strong, the British valued this breed except for the name. Thus, at the time of the battle, the breed took the name of Alsatian, from the region between France and Germany called Alsace-Lorraine.