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Name Lurcher St. Bernard German Shepherd
OriginsUnited Kingdom flagUnited Kingdom Switzerland flagSwitzerland Italy flagItaly Germany flagGermany
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Poacher's Dog
Long Haired Lurcher
Alpine Mastiff
Bernhardiner
St. Barnhardshund
St. Bernard
Saint
Alsatian wolf dog
Berger Allemand
Deutscher Schäferhund
Schäferhund
Alsatian
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd breed type comparison:
Cross Breed Purebred Purebred

Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Which is more expensive?
$600-$800 $1500-$1800 $800-$2000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.
Very frequent: The St.
Very frequent: The German Shepherd is quite easy to get.

Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Which is the smallest dog, Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
Large Giant Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Lurcher or St. Bernard or St. Bernard? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd weight comparison:
60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) 110-200 pounds (50-91 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
65 pounds (29.5 kg) 155 pounds (70.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd height comparison:
22-28 inches (55-71 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (61-70 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
25 inches (63 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (65.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd coat comparison:
Smooth
Thick
Straight
Dense
Rough
Smooth
Fuzzy
Colors
What are the original Lurcher, St. Bernard and German Shepherd color?
Any Brown
Red
White
Brindle
Tricolor
Black
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd grooming comparison:
Average: The Lurcher requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The St.
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Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Lurcher or St. Bernard or {name3 shedding:
Lurchers shed moderately.
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St.
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German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd behavior/temperament comparison:
Affectionate
Funny
Loving
Friendly
Independent
Going
Social
Gentle
Happy
Quiet
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd intelligence:
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Trainability
Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd trainability comparison.
Lurchers are quite easy to train.
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A slightly harder to train than average.
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German Shepherds are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd playfulness comparison:
Average: Lurchers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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St.
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Average: German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Sensitive: St.
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Sensitive: German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd?
High: Lurchers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: St.
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High: German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd social needs comparison:
Lurchers need for social interaction is average.
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St.
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German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd?
Average: The Lurcher barks occasionally.
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Low: The St.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
Lurchers are good watchdogs.
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St.
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German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Lurchers strongly protect their territory.
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St.
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German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Lurcher has a low chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The St.

High 🔼

The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Lurcher bite force: Ordinary.

Above 400 PSI 🔼

St.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

German Shepherd bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd mouthiness comparison:
Lurchers have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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St.
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German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
The wanderlust potential of the Lurcher is strong enough to escape from home.
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St.
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German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Lurchers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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Their prey drive is low.
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German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Lurcher breed.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep St.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep German Shepherd indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Average: Lurchers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
St.
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
St.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.

Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Which dog is more friendly?
Lurchers are average friendly towards strangers.
St.
German Shepherds are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Lurchers are generally with other pets.
St.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
Lurchers are kid-friendly dogs.
St.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
Lurchers are average friendly towards cats.
St.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
Lurchers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
St.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd?
Yes
Lurchers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
St.
Yes
German Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Lurcher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
St.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Lurchers are usually recommended for elderly people.
St.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd Health Comparison

Health Issues
Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd health comparison. Which is the healthier: Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd?
The Lurcher is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd health problems comparison:
Bloat Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Blindness
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Cushing's Syndrome
Degenerative Myelopathy
Demodectic Mange
Diabetes
Digestive Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia A
Hemophilia B
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lens Luxation
Lupus
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Panosteitis
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Lurcher should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The St.
Rare
The German Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Life Expectancy
Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd lifespan comparison. How long do Lurcher, St. Bernard and German Shepherd breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Lurcher: 13 years
8-10 years
The average lifespan of St.
9-13 years
The average lifespan of German Shepherd: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd energy level comparison:
Lurchers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
St.
German Shepherds are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Lurchers have an average exercise need.
St.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
Lurchers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
St.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd weight gain potential comparison:
Low to Average: The Lurcher has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the St.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd?

Low 🔽

The Lurcher has a low chance of bad smell.

High 🔼

The St.

Medium

The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Lurcher is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
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The St.
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The German Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Lurcher or St. Bernard or German Shepherd? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd?

Not really

Lurcher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

St.
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Not really

German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military Dog

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Lurcher and St. Bernard and German Shepherd have?
3-5 puppies 6-8 puppies 6-10 puppies

Lurcher vs St. Bernard vs German Shepherd Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
Dog Registry of America Inc. American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America

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