German shepherd dog(redirected from Alsatian (dog breed))
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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.