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8 Reasons Why German Shepherds are the Best Dogs Ever

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Any German Shepherd owner will tell you just how awesome their dog is. And there must be something special about this type of dog since it’s currently the second most popular breed in the United States.

So, what’s so special about these pups? These 8 traits stand out.


  1. They’re Smarty Pants

    German Shepherds are extremely intelligent dogs. In fact, they’re the third most intelligent dog of all the breeds in the world, according to the AKC.

    With their intelligence and sense of duty, it’s no wonder why the German Shepherd is a popular choice for police and military service.

  2. Loyal is Their Middle Name

    This breed is known for its devotion and loyalty. They love their families unconditionally and make the ultimate companion.

  3. You Get Pup Protection

    German Shepherds are proud protectors. Their purpose is to serve their people! As such, they can be standoffish with strangers, but as long as they’re not aggressive, there’s nothing to worry about.

  4. No One Will Mess With You

    Let’s face it: German Shepherds look intimidating. Standing up to 26″ tall on average and weighing up to 100 pounds, these dogs are large in stature. Combine that with a stoic, steadfast personality and steely gaze, and it’s no wonder why no one wants to mess with a German Shepherd.

  5. A Great Family Dog

    With a calm nature, caring temperament and strong desire to protect their loved ones, German Shepherds are without a doubt a wonderful family dog.

  6. They’re Handsome Devils

    In the words of the great Derek Zoolander, German Shepherds are “really, really good looking.” Their alert, elongated ears. Deep, soulful eyes. A thick, beautiful coat in cool colors. Simply gorgeous!

  7. German Shepherds = Movie Stars

    German Shepherds are quite a popular choice for movies. They’ve starred in dozens of flicks since the dawn of film, including these 10 popular films.

  8. There’s Never a Dull Moment

    Life is never dull with a German Shepherd. They need a healthy amount of exercise – at least 30 minutes a day – so you’ll enjoy lots of time outside playing, walking and moving around.

    They’re also smart cookies who love a good challenge and will look to you for daily mental stimulation.


71njbgp5aal-_sl1500_Do you have a German Shepherd? If so, we want to hear what you love most about your dog! Let us know below.

Also, how cute is this German Shepherd dog mom mug? Such a cool (yet practical!) way to show your pup pride.

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  1. madison

    this was really helpful for my report i am in grade 4 and i feel this is sure to get my class a german shepherd for a class pet

  2. Dog lover

    Thank you my friends like labs and they want a new dog and I suggested German shepherd and she said no and I am like THERE SO CUUUTE and I showed her this and kinda convinced her but she wants a bull

  3. Ryan

    They will become your best friend. My dog Bandito, a German Shepard mix rescued from Mexico was my closest companion. He went everywhere with me. Work, working out, skateboarding, He loved to pull me on it and he loved to go stand up paddle boarding. He pretty much loved to do anything together. When I was sad, he comforted me. When he was frightened, I comforted him. He slept pretty much on top of me every night. We were so close. He passed two days ago. He was only five and very healthy. It was sudden and traumatic, he must have ate something outside that destroyed his liver. We tried everything we could, the day before he passed, the vet thought he was recovering and even said that we could take him home in a day or two if he started eating again. The next morning, he took a turn for the worse. It seems that his liver numbers were getting lower because his liver was bad, not healing. His heart failed shortly after our last visit. They were kind enough to let me spend time with him in a room alone in spite of quarantine. I’m still sick with grief. Throughout his life I often reflected on how much more special he was than any other dog I’ve had in my life. I’m no where near ready to have another dog and honestly I don’t know if I ever will. Once you have that dog of a lifetime, it feels like thats it. If I do ever get another dog, It will be a German Shepard mix like he was. He had the most knowing eyes, the kindest heart, a sense of adventure, the ability to learn anything and loyalty I’ve never experienced.

  4. Alicia

    One reason I can say is that GSD’s have been known to take bullets for their owners, run through the wilderness to get help and in save drowning children to safety. Being a hero is their hobby!

  5. CHRIS

    I recently had to (with a heavy heart) put down my 13 year old princess Shelby. In my mind I thought I could adopt another dog in a few months but its more difficult for me. Im struggling with the idea Im replacing her, which she was so great she can never be replaced. I will adopt another GSD but just need more time. GSD is the Best Dog! FACT!

  6. Johnny

    Ryan, brought tears to my eyes. I’m so sorry for your loss, once in a lifetime dogs can’t be replaced, but I’ll bet there is another out there who needs a person like you to befriend and love.

  7. dasha

    They are cut loyal trustworthy and they are really good guard dogs

  8. Ryan

    Revisiting this post after a few years. I still am not ready quite yet for another dog but I can see it in the cards in the future. Definitely miss that pup.

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