The German Shepherd Dog is nothing short of a highly gifted dog. The breed's intelligence is the envy of most of the dog world.
The German Shepherd Dog has been able to perform almost any task that man has asked of it, including guide dog, avalanche rescue, tracking, watchdog, police dog, drug and bomb sniffing, and it is still herding sheep in it's native homeland.
Highly intelligent, obedient, easy to train, protective, brave, and fiercely loyal are just some of the words used to describe the German Shepherd Dog.
Although high intelligence is often a sought after trait in a dog, it is not always a desirable one.
Any prospective owner of a German Shepherd Dog needs to assure that they are willing to put in the extra effort to mentally stimulate their new family member.
The German Shepherd Dog needs to be involved in "extra-curricular" activities including early obedience. The breed greatly enjoys and excels at activities such as fly ball, agility, advanced obedience, field trials and dog sledding.
The lifespan of a German Shepherd Dog can be expected to be between 12 and 14 years.