Working Dogs –German Shepherd – Slovenia 2021.

GERMAN SHEPHERD – working dog

The German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds of working dogs. The breed has been known in Germany since the seventeenth century and deliberate breeding began some time after 1880. The breed standard was defined in 1899. The German Shepherd was originally intended to be used to protect livestock and property. During the First World War, German Shepherds proved their versatility and began to be used throughout Europe as police dogs and rescue dogs. The breed’s main advantage is that it is exceptionally receptive to training.

The German Shepherd has a powerful, muscular appearance and according to the breed standard should have a rectangular conformation – meaning that the length of the body must be greater than the height at the withers. The relatively narrow head is broader between the ears. The muzzle is elongated and the eyes are almond-shaped. The ears are carried erect and are broad at the base. The coat is medium-length and compact, with a thick undercoat. The back is straight, the belly drawn up and the tail is low set and bushy-haired.

The German Shepherd is a highly intelligent dog. With proper upbringing, it develops into a well-balanced and reliable friend and a loyal and obedient companion for life. It is a very active dog, both mentally and physically, and needs a lot of exercise and attention from its owner. It is one of the world’s most popular dogs.

Slovenia issued a 1.69 Euro stamp on German Shepherd Dog on 24 Sep 2021 with a print run of 35,000.