The German Shepherd[lower-alpha 1] or Alsatian is a German breed of working dog of medium to large size. The breed was developed by Max von Stephanitz using various traditional German herding dogs from 1899.
- Alsatian Wolf Dog
- Berger Allemand
- Deutscher Schäferhund
- Altdeutsche Schäferhunde
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It was originally bred as a herding dog, for herding sheep. It has since been used in many other types of work, including disability assistance, search-and-rescue, police work, and warfare. It is commonly kept as a companion dog, and according to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale had the second-highest number of annual registrations in 2013.