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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Good German shepherds which can be trained for police work are now changing hands at pounds 1,200 each, and that puts a strain on force budgets.
The AKC today also announced its nationwide rankings which places Miami's favorite breed, the German Shepherd Dog, at number two.
The charges include causing unnecessary suffering to horses by failing to provide proper shelter or food, causing suffering to the two dogs kept in the Mercedes, keeping a stallion and mare together in a confined space and failing to call a vet to examine another German Shepherd with a severe ear infection.
The force is always on the lookout for unwanted German shepherds or springer spaniels to train as police dogs.
That dog was a cross between a German shepherd and a Rottweiler, and Mr Fradsham said he would prefer the two dogs now urgently required by North Wales Police to be thoroughbreds.
It would be best if she went to owners who have kept German Shepherds in the past.
The German Shepherd is bred mainly to be a guard dog and this and its other traits are genetically determined.
Cadet Corporal Sasha Dowdall with RAF police dog Bow and (below) with the large German shepherd 'hanging off her arm'.
Her German shepherd, Nikko, who died nearly 18 months ago, found the body of one of the three victims murdered by a motel handyman in Yosemite in 1999.
They're the first German Shepherd pups from a new special breeding policy by the Strathclyde force.
Logan, a black German shepherd, was found muzzled and tied to a post outside the RSPCA centre in Coundon Wedge Drive, Allesley.
The future of Saxon, a five-year-old German Shepherd, looked bleak when his owners, Gwent Police, withdrew his licence for service earlier this year on the grounds that he was unsafe to work with.

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