Military Breed: German Shepherd

Chosen for their speed, endurance, strength, courage, intelligence and adaptability to almost any working climate, the German Shepherd is one of the most popular dog breed used in working animals. The German Shepherd is also know for their fierce loyalty and their ability to have hear noises from miles away before humans can.


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German Shepherd

Reigning from Karlsruhe, Germany, Captian Max Von Stephanitz is believed to have produced one of the most responsive and obedient dogs in history. They are often used a police dogs all over the world and have gained attention through movies such as Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart.

Description: A strong and well proportioned muscular dog. The front legs and shoulders are of muscular built and their thighs are thick and sturdy and agile enough to run at high speeds. German Shepherd Dog come in three varieties: double coat, plush coat and longhaired coat.

German Shepherds are known to be courageous, keen, alert and fearless when exposed to different situations. They are very cheerful and are eager too learn new tricks and skills. Whilst being an agile dog they also have a tranquil side which expresses their confidence and inner intelligence. German Shepherds are extremely faithful and will not think twice about giving up their life for their owners.
They are close to the ones around them and are very cautious around strangers, this is a mandatory skill in the military as they have a strong protective instant. They are believed to be one of the most smartest and trainable dog breeds.

The army has a strict training policy surrounding these MWD, who go through almost 16 hours of training every month covering areas from detection and patrolling. It is important that these K9 heroes are maintaining a proficiency of detection from 90-95%. Each handler will be assigned their working dog after it has successfully been trained to allow easy adaption into the team. The dog will be able to learn even more skills with its partner and build strong rapport with the animal.


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