Promoting responsible German Shepherd Dog ownership
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I read the article. This breed sounds like a nice mox of good breeds. Let's hope people don't get stupid and try adding Pits to the pot to toughen them up.
They can’t. That would ruin the new breed.
If I had space to work them- I'd want them too! They've just joined the list.
I've never heard of German Shepherds being used to herd cattle. Was that their original function?
Yes, they are a herding breed. That is their original purpose. Sheep and cattle.
Are they still used for that in Germany or anywhere else, or did their guarding function take precedence?
They are used for both, but much less for herding since there aren’t as many small sheep farms or cattle ranches. A herding dog must gather and drive animals. Those are two different skills. This article explains herding better than I can.
They don’t gather anymore. This Leerburg is even better.
Thanks. That was very informative. I'll add it to my German Shepherd Factbook!