German Shepherd Dogs World’s Worst Biters



German Shepherd dogs – also known as Alsatians – are one of the most popular breeds in the world. The breed boasts more dog clubs than others and yet internationally Alsatians have the worst reputation for biting people.


Observers believe the biting is because German Shepherd can be over protective. They have a reputation for aggression if not socialised correctly. That’s why proper training is essential. Some experts believe Alsatians need “firm” training but others says the reward system works better.


German Shepherds have come a long way since their origins as sheep dogs in Germany in 1899. In fact it’s hard to imagine them now as a sheep dog.


Since then they’ve proved they have many other talents and are now one of the world’s most popular pets as well as the most used working dog used by the police, military and blind dog associations throughout the world.


German Shepherds are strong, obedient, loyal, protective, hard working and have an exceptionally keen sense of smell. They are also one of the three most intelligent dog breeds in the world – the others being the Border Collie and the Poodle. They are certainly the most intelligent large dog.


German Shepherds have also become famous movie stars like Strongheart and Rin Tin Tin, now in the Hollywood Hall of Fame. More recently there is the Inspector Rex TV series with the famous police Alsatian which my dogs and I watch regularly.


German Shepherds basically come in black, brown and white. They were called Alsatians because German was not popular in some countries after World War 1. First they were registered as Alsatian Wolf Dog and later this was changed to just Alsatian. The word Alsatian was taken from the French region of Alsace-Lorraine where the people are German speaking. German Shepherd became favoured again in 1977.







James Larkin is a veteran journalist who has worked with newspapers in Britain,Europe, South-East Asia and Australia. British-born, he now lives in Australia.See his sites at and

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