Canis ISSN: 2398-2942 German Shepherd Dog Synonym(s): Alsatian, GSD Introduction Biological Data Introduction General information Originates from German sheepdog stock (Deutsche Shaferhund). Since 1914, the breed has been a popular export from Germany. A fine working dog and an excellent pet, the German Shepherd's versatility, intelligence and trainability, has ensured its long-term popularity. Biological Data This article is available in full to registered subscribers Sign up now to purchase a 30 day trial, or Login Further ReadingPublicationsRefereed papers Recent references from VetMedResource and PubMed. Vilson A, Bonnett B, Hansson-Hamlin H & Hedhammer A (2013) Disease patterns in 32,486 insured German Shepherd dogs in Sweden: 1995-2006. Vet Rec 173, 116 PubMed. Other sources of information For information on Genetic Testing Providers (labs), genetic tests, and tests by breed, visit International Partnership for Dogs: https://dogwellnet.com/. For a list of DNA tests available for certain breeds worldwide, visit Kennel Club Worldwide DNA tests: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-breeders/dna-testing-simple-inherited-disorders/worldwide-dna-tests/. The Kennel Club Breed-specific requirements and recommendations including health screening: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/9846/abs_breed_specific_requirements_and_recommendations_web.pdf. Willis M B The German Shepherd Dog. K & R Books. ISBN 0903246 153. Gibson Strickland W & Moses J The German Shepherd Today. Howell. ISBN 0876051549. Organisation(s) Visit the Kennel Club website to search for details of KC-registered breed clubs: thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findaclub/breed/. Visit the American Kennel Club website to search for details of AKC-recognized breed clubs: www.akc.org/clubs/search. German Shepherd Dog Club of America: www.gsdca.org.