"The most striking features of the correctly bred German Shepherd are firmness of nerves, attentiveness, unshockability, tractability, watchfulness, reliability and incorruptibility together with courage, fighting tenacity and hardness."
The German Shepherd Dog, is also known as "the Alsatian". It is very strong , well proportioned, alert,full of life and handsome dog.The dog looks longer than tall, deep-bodied, and presents before an outline of smooth curves rather than angles. This breed forms a nice pet dog for homes.
- Max von Stephanitz, Father of the German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd Dog is longer than tall, and the most desirable proportion as 10 to 8½. The length is measured from the point of the breastbone to the rear edge of the pelvis, the ischial tuberosity. The required height for males at the top of the highest point of the shoulder blade is 24-27 inches, and for bitches, 22 to 24 inches. The desirable long proportion is not derived from a long back, but from overall length with relation to height, which is achieved by length of forequarter and length of withers and hindquarter, viewed from the side.
The German Shepherd Dog usually varies in color, and mostof the colors are permissible. Strong rich colors are preferred though. Pale or washed-out colors and blues or livers are considered serious faults.