The Amazing Story Of The German Shepherd Breed

The German Shepherd dog breed is one of the most loved ones in the world, and for a a few good reasons. Not only can they be man’s best friend, but they can also be our best work buddy.

However, it wasn’t always this way.

This is the story of the German Shepherd breed as they rose from herders in Germany to international fame.

Origins in Germany

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the breed’s journey began at the beginning of the 20th century in Frankfurt, Germany.

A German cavalry officer, Captain Max von Stephanitz, was looking to develop what he said would be the ultimate service dog for herding sheep.

Captain Stephanitz began by mixing various strains of German herding dogs, keeping in mind his motto of intelligence and utility. And thus, the first-ever German Shepherd was born. Named, Horand von Grafath, the dark-coated tracker was born in 1899.

Soon, people recognized the breed’s astonishingly good qualities, shortly leading to its recognition by the AKC in 1907.

Dr. Carmen Battaglia, a delegate from the German Shepherd Dog Club Of America, put it this way:

“He (von Stephanitz) loved the breed, and so he got one dog, a German dog, who would be the dog of the country. He wanted to make this the ultimate farm dog, the ultimate herding dog, the ultimate working dog; a dog for the people.”

Unbelievable skills

Over the years, the dog’s exceptional physical abilities were further honed.

German Shepherds eventually became of the smartest and most trainable breeds around. Aside from their traditional job as sheep herders, German Shepherds were used in law enforcement because of their industrious character. In fact, they were the dogs that formed the first-ever K9 units in German police departments.

During World War I, the breed would also serve in the German army on the battlefield as messengers, sentries, and ammunition carriers. They were even noted to have helped wounded soldiers get to safety.

By the end of the war, both sides ended up impressed by the breed. The British and the Americans began to create their own squads of German Shepherds.

However, the breed wasn’t welcomed in the United States at first. Understandably, opinion on German Shepherds was tied to ill feelings that were caused by the war against Germany.

One dog changed it all, though. Rin Tin Tin.

Rise to popularity

Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepherd dog rescued by an American GI Lee Duncan from a damaged kennel in the French territories around the end of the war. Duncan named the dog after a good luck charm that the French children often gave the American soldiers.

He brought Rinty, as Duncan nicknamed the dog, back to America where the soldier trained him to work in film. The talented dog eventually got work in the silent film sets, and before long he became a successful movie star with twenty-seven films under his belt.

His fame in the movies helped German Shepherds increase in popularity as family pets in the United States as well as the rest of the world.

The effects of Rin Tin Tin’s trailblazing success can still be seen today. German Shepherds are the second most popular dog breed today, right behind Labrador Retrievers.

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Dog Gives Owner Silent Treatment After Having To Take A Bath

It’s a great mystery how some dogs can enjoy playing and swimming in water but still be terrified of taking baths. A good example is this adorable Alaska Malamute called Tonka.

You see, Tonka loves the water. His owner even dubbed him as a waterwolf. However, bath time is perhaps his most loathed time of the day. Proof of this is his hilarious reaction after being made to bathe.

The silent treatment

According to Tonka’s mom, the dog jumped into the swimming pool, being the water-loving pup that he is.

Unfortunately, he ended up smelling like ‘dirty Fritos’ as his owner put it. And so he needed to get cleaned up before the entire house starts smelling like that, too.

Not surprisingly, he wasn’t so happy about taking a bath, and he had no problems expressing his disappointment about what happened.

His owner even apologized to the dog, but that wasn’t enough for Tonka, who’s sitting with his head turned away as if to ignore his mom.

Of course, she tried to reason with the dog giving her the silent treatment. She explained how he needed a bath after jumping in the pool and being so dirty. She then tried explaining that he needed to bath sometimes because of the smell.

She tried to reason with him in the video:

“Aren’t you happy you’re clean now? No? Not even a little happy? I am. You smell a lot better!”

However, despite her best efforts, Tonka just won’t budge. He wouldn’t even turn to look at her.

Tonka wasn’t done yet, however. He also expressed his feelings with loud, mournful howls, which made the whole all the more cute and hilarious.

We wonder if this happens a lot in that household. With fur that thick and a happy personality, the dog probably gets into a lot of dirt, puddles, and more.

Internet personality

Tonka’s owner posted the video of his tantrum on YouTube where it’s now gotten over 2 million views and almost 10,000 comments from people who can’t help but find the situation the funniest.

A lot of people commented on the amount of intelligence and emotion that Tonka showed in the video. One also talked about how malamutes are naturally funny but that they can be ‘vocal’ whenever their privileges get revoked.

Fortunately, Tonka’s new fans can get more of his antics by checking out the rest of his videos on his own YouTube channel called The Adventures of Tonka the Malamute AKA WaterWolf where he already has over 101,000 subscribers.

Just like a regular Youtuber, Tonka does unboxing videos and has even hopped on some video trends like trying out snacks, or in his case, dog treats. What more, there are plenty of videos of him on his adventures with his husky brother, Monroe.

Unique breed

According to the American Kennel Club, it’s important to teach a malamute to respect their owner because if you don’t, they will end up ‘owning you’ instead. The organization recommends giving them a firm but loving kind of training from the start. The training will pay off in the end. A well-behaved malamute is friendly, gentle, and playful.

Have you seen Tonka’s reaction yet?

It’s documented by his owner in the video below”

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