German shepherd dog

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German shepherd dog

a large muscular dog with medium length, double coat of tan and black, erect ears and bushy tail. The breed has been used widely as a working dog in police and military activities and as a guide dog for the blind. It is predisposed to epilepsy, giant axonal neuropathy, pituitary dwarfism, hip dysplasia, pyoderma, anal furunculosis, pancreatic insufficiency, pannus, persistent right aortic arch, subaortic stenosis, eosinophilic myositis and von Willebrand's disease. Called also Alsatian.
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Steven Patterson offered the tired and hungry German shephard a place to sleep when he arrived at his door in Castlereagh, Co Down, last Saturday night.
Charlie, a white two-and-a-half-year-old German Shephard, had only been working as a police dog for about three months when he made the find.
In her winning entry for the Kroger "A Few Good Pets Essay Contest," she describes how Angel, her German Shephard dog, came to live on her family's front porch while her father was dying from cancer, and that is why he is important to her family.