German Shepherds stand in the front rank of canine royalty, and experts say it's mostly due to their character: loyalty, courage, confidence, the ability to learn commands for many tasks, and the willingness to put their life on the line in defense of loved ones really make these dogs special. German Shepherds are gentle family pets and steadfast guardians, but before they become any of these things, they are the cutest puppies.
To show just how adorable these intelligent little pooches can be, Bored Panda has put together a list of photos that perfectly capture their everyday life. From joining K-9 units to simply napping on the couch, continue scrolling and enjoy the snaps!
#1 We Always Thought He Would Grow Into His Ears
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German Shepherds are, as the name implies, a breed that originated in Germany. They were developed in the late 1800s and were subjected to stringent selection.
In the US, German Shepherds were introduced by soldiers returning home from World War I. The breed caught the public eye mostly because of movie stars Strongheart and Rin Tin Tin. By World War II, German Shepherds were the military breed of choice.
In 1999, German Shepherds were third on the American Kennel Club's list of the Top 50 Breeds.
#2 Branch Manager & Assistant Branch Manager
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Being a very active and athletic breed, a German Shepherd needs lots of exercise for its physical and mental wellbeing. A GSD who is not exercised enough will become frustrated and is likely to develop undesirable behaviors. With a puppy, you can start with short daily walks as well as play sessions in a safe, controlled environment like a fenced area.
Participating in canine activities such as agility, herding, tracking, and dock diving can provide excellent physical and mental exercise and can be loads of fun for both the dog and owner.
#3 First Day At Work
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Dog behaviorist Nick Jones MA said that German Shepherds, ideally, are for people who have had experience with similar dogs before. "Provided that the owner is not a complete novice, has experience of training and living with larger protective breeds, the German Shepherd makes an excellent choice of dog for a family," Jones told Bored Panda. "Take time and care to find a reputable breeder that can show you dogs with a good parentage and can demonstrate a sound temperament in the parents and previous litters, as living with a nervous or under socialized German Shepherd can be stressful."
According to the specialist, the breed requires plenty of mental and physical stimulation and must be thoroughly socialized, both with the breeder (0-8 weeks) and with the owner (8-16 weeks in particular, and then it’s an ongoing process).
Jones stressed that German Shepherds require a great deal of time and effort in the initial stages once the dog goes to its new owner.
"Provided that training, socialization and good manners are put in place from a young age, this a breed that remains highly desirable."
#4 My Puppy Gigi, Figured She Could Get Some Love Here
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#5 Happy Paws
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#6 Police Puppy
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#7 My Boss Got A Puppy And Brought Her Into The Office. Productivity Went Waaay Down
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#8 This Is Our German Shepherd Pup, Pepper, We Believe She Is Part Bear
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#9 The Cutest *mlem* You'll See All Day
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#10 I Love This Happy Face
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#11 German Shepherd? I Think We Adopted A Kangaroo
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#12 Well, He Figured Out That He Can Splash Water Everywhere
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#13 Please See Instruction Manual Before Assembling German Shepherd Puppy
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#14 My New Puppy Admires The Heck Out Of Her Older Brother
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#15 Was At Work, Asked My Sister For A Snap Of My German Shepherd To Show My Friend
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#16 When Your Food Bowl Is Empty And You're Asking For More
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#17 Enjoying The Air Conditioner
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#18 This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At
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#19 My Shepherd Puppy In The 'Teepee' Ear Stage
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#20 Adorable German Shepherd
#21 My (At The Time) 2 Year-Old Son With Our 8 Week Old German Shepherd Dressed As Swat Members
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#22 He Grew A Little
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#23 My Puppy Is So Happy To See His Littermate When We Meet Up To Go To The Park. Twins
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#24 Because Puppy
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#26 My 8 Week German Shepherd Has One Lazy Ear
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#27 Cute Boi
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#28 Totally Invisible Rabbit. Right?!
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#29 Chasing Bubbles
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#30 My Favorite Little German Shepherd
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#31 A German Shepherd Puppy Or A Cub?
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#32 German Shepherd Branch Manager
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#33 He's Getting Bigger
He's my first dog ever, not my wife's but he's amazing so far. He's 4 months old in the picture.
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#34 Play Date At The Park
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#35 Belly Rubs, Pleaseee
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#36 Baby German Shepherd For The Win
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#37 Moments Before Attacking My Phone
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#38 Cuteness Overload
#39 Adorable German Shepherd Puppy At The Vet
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#40 My New Unhelpful Helper
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