The German Shepherd breed, like most other breeds is not indigenous to Nigeria. They were introduced by German missionaries during the 1930s and 1940s. German Shepherds are of the working dog category which have been domesticated, selectively bred for many generations to retain traits that maximize their usefulness to people.
The German Shepherd is a medium-sized, hardy, well rounded family dog with an innate capacity to guard sheep herds as his primary job. Due to this natural instinct towards guarding flocks, German Shepherds have earned the reputation as being one of the best guard dogs in the world. German Shepherds are also very good police dogs because they are easily trainable and obey commands well. The German Shepherd is one of the top three dogs that will be used for this type of work in the United States. German Shepherds are also widely used as search and rescue dogs because of their intelligence, endurance and ability to adapt to difficult situations. German Shepherds have a very strong protective instinct which makes them good companions for children who may get lost or injured. German Shepherds can sense danger from afar and will sound an alarm if they feel the child is in trouble. German Shepherds are used by many police forces around the world including Germany, Brazil, Taiwan, Spain, Poland, Australia and the US among others due to their reliability and versatility under different types of working conditions. German Shepherds were first recognized by a major kennel club in 1887, German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany.
German Shepherd Dog History in Nigeria
The German Shepherd was first brought to Nigeria by German missionaries, who worked closely with the German Society for the Protection of Animals (DSPCA) in Kano during 1934 and 1944. The German dog breeders selected dogs largely based on their intelligence, courage, patience and trustworthiness because these were desirable traits that would allow them to dominate herds without harming or attacking them. German Shepherds are very large dogs with an average height of 60 cm (23 inches) at waist but may vary depending on whether male or female. They have a life expectancy between 10 to 15 years long if properly taken care of. German Shepherds are good watchdogs because they naturally bark when strangers approach which deters people from approaching German homes. German Shepherds are not naturally aggressive, but they remain very protective of their family and territory which makes them a good guard dog. German Shepherds have a short coat with a dense undercoat suitable for the German climate. They shed all year round with some heavy shedding in Spring and Autumn. German shepherds come in three types of color: – Black-and-tan or “sable” – Dark gray/silver – light gray.
The German Shepherd is a working breed that has origins in Germany. German Shepherds are large-sized dogs that come with black and tan coats. These German Shepherds have tails that curl over the back to some degree, but not so much as to touch the hock. This breed comes with brown eyes and erect, triangular ears. German Shepherds should be trimmed on their feet, mouth, and ears which should be covered in hair to keep them warm. German shepherds also give off a scent from two sacks under the tail just before anal glands . The German Shepherd’s coat can shed dirt which keeps it very clean regardless of its living conditions.
The German shepherd is powerful yet compact with an athletic physique which enables this breed to navigate difficult terrain such as ditches and hillocks. German Shepherds also have a very strong sense of direction, and can guide people out of places without getting lost. German shepherds need an average amount of exercise and should be given jobs to do which they must accomplish successfully to prevent behavioral problems from occurring. German shepherds are described as clever and observant dogs that respond quickly and eagerly to any commands they understand. German Shepherds thrive when they have something meaningful to contribute such as their abilities in guiding, rescuing, or protecting people .
The German Shepherd’s life expectancy is between 10-13 years with proper care and feeding . They come with a few common health issues such cataracts, hip dysplasia, and blood disorders . German Shepherds come with a long list of temperament traits which can be considered either positive or negative depending on the situation. German shepherds are known for being very good natured with people they know, but suspicious of strangers. German Shepherds will often bark when visitors arrive to tell their owners they have arrived. German Shepherds do not easily forgive a harsh treatment especially if it has been directed towards its owner such as in dog fights where German Shepherds will attack other dogs without fear or hesitation even if that is against an owner’s orders. German shepherds were bred to protect their home and family from anything that may harm them making this breed very protective of its human family .
In conclusion, German Shepherd dogs are widely used as working dogs around the world because of their intelligence, endurance and ability to adapt to difficult situations. German Shepherds have a very strong protective instinct which makes them good companions for children who may get lost or injured. German Shepherds are used by many police forces around the world including Nigeria, Germany, Brazil, Taiwan, Spain, Poland, Australia and the US among others due to their reliability and versatility under different types of working conditions. German shepherds were first recognized by a major kennel club in 1887- German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany. German Shepherds have an average height of 60 cm (23 inches) at waist but may vary depending on whether male or female .