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Old German Shepherd Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Old German Shepherd Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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Old German Shepherd Dog
OriginGermany
Other Names
What other names does the Old German Shepherd Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Langstockhaariger, Deutscher Schäferhund,
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Old German Shepherd Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Old German Shepherd Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Old German Shepherd Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Old German Shepherd Dog price:
Unknown
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Old German Shepherd Dog History

The Old German Shepherd Dog is a classification of the German Shepherd breed in its own right therefore, it is not to be confused with an elderly German Shepherd. The breed is the ancestor of the German Shepherds as we know them nowadays. The Old German Shepherd is a breed that never participated in the rigid breeding program that led to the modern-day breed.

The Old German Shepherd Dog has existed on German farms for many hundreds of years where it has diligently worked alongside farmers, their livestock, and flocks. According to the traditions, the breed was popular on rural, German farms where the dogs would move the flocks of sheep around the lands, helping the farmers, and they were also considered to be the protectors of the property as guard dogs. The dogs needed to be fearless and vindicatory of the livestock whenever a predator tried to hunt down the farm animals.

Captain Max Emil Friedrich von Stephanitz, in the late 19th century, formed “The Society for the German Shepherd’. His purpose was to breed and document the dogs, with an aim of creating a superior species. A dog named ‘Hektor Linksrhein’ was the first dog that the Captain took, and he chose him to be the original German Shepherd at the beginning of his breeding program. Without the input of Captain von Stephanitz, these dogs would have been bred purely based on their working abilities and nature, rather than their aesthetic, exterior appearance, or conformation.

Any breed standard is focusing on capability rather than physicality, thus the focus on working competence alone meant that this breed is less predisposed to some of the health conditions that a modern-day German Shepherd would suffer, and the Old German Shepherd’s features were less exaggerated. Generally, the Old German Shepherd, most closely resembles the modern long-haired German Shepherds, to an extent, to which some breeders even consider long-haired German Shepherds as the Old German Shepherds, albeit this is an entirely false classification.

The authenticity of the Old German Shepherd Dog is an often heavily debated controversial topic. Currently, there are some breed fanatics who are working unstoppably to have the breed more widely recognized and accepted.

Old German Shepherd Dog General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Old German Shepherd Dog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Old German Shepherd Dog weigh? Old German Shepherd Dog weight:
Male: 49-88 pounds (22-40 kg) Female: 44-83 pounds (20-37 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Old German Shepherd Dog? Old German Shepherd Dog average weight:
Male: 68.5 pounds (31 kg), Female: 63.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Old German Shepherd Dog? Old German Shepherd Dog height:
Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Old German Shepherd Dog average height:
Male: 24 inches (57 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Old German Shepherd Dog Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Old German Shepherd Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
FuzzyShaggySmoothWiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Old German Shepherd Dog's coat?
BlackBrownGreyTan
Grooming
How to groom the Old German Shepherd Dog and how often?
Average: The Old German Shepherd Dog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Old German Shepherd Dog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Old German Shepherd Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Langstockhaariger? Old German Shepherd Dog shedding level:
Old German Shepherd Dogs are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Old German Shepherd Dog Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Old German Shepherd Dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AlertCourageousIntelligentObedientConfidentCuriousLoyalWatchful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Old German Shepherd Dog? Are they intelligent?
Outstanding: Old German Shepherd Dog is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 95% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Old German Shepherd Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Old German Shepherd Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Old German Shepherd Dog sensitivity:
Old German Shepherd Dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Langstockhaariger need? Old German Shepherd Dog social needs:
Old German Shepherd Dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Old German Shepherd Dog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Deutscher Schäferhund bark?
Low to Average: The Old German Shepherd Dog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Old German Shepherd Dog good as a watchdog?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Old German Shepherd Dog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Old German Shepherd Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Old German Shepherd Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Old German Shepherd Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Old German Shepherd Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Langstockhaariger? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Old German Shepherd Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Old German Shepherd Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Old German Shepherd Dog do?
Old German Shepherd Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Old German Shepherd Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Old German Shepherd Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Old German Shepherd Dog roam?
Old German Shepherd Dogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Old German Shepherd Dog have high prey drive?
Old German Shepherd Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Old German Shepherd Dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Old German Shepherd Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Old German Shepherd Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Old German Shepherd Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Old German Shepherd Dog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Old German Shepherd Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Old German Shepherd Dog and children:
Old German Shepherd Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Old German Shepherd Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Old German Shepherd Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Old German Shepherd Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Old German Shepherd Dog is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Old German Shepherd Dogs good office dogs? Do Old German Shepherd Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Old German Shepherd Dogs be office dogs?
No
Old German Shepherd Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Old German Shepherd Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Langstockhaariger temperament with senior people? Are Old German Shepherd Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Old German Shepherd Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Old German Shepherd Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Old German Shepherd Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Old German Shepherd Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Old German Shepherd Dog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Old German Shepherd Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Old German Shepherd Dog be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Old German Shepherd Dog breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Old German Shepherd Dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Old German Shepherd Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Old German Shepherd Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Old German Shepherd Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Old German Shepherd Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Old German Shepherd Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Old German Shepherd Dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Old German Shepherd Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Old German Shepherd Dog Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Old German Shepherd Dog dogs have health problems?
The Old German Shepherd Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Old German Shepherd Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Old German Shepherd Dog be?
12-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Old German Shepherd Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Old German Shepherd Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Old German Shepherd Dog have?
Old German Shepherd Dogs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Old German Shepherd Dog dogs require per day?
Old German Shepherd Dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Old German Shepherd Dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Old German Shepherd Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Old German Shepherd Dog risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Old German Shepherd Dog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Old German Shepherd Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Old German Shepherd Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Old German Shepherd Dog drool?
The Old German Shepherd Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Old German Shepherd Dog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Old German Shepherd Dog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Old German Shepherd Dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Old German Shepherd Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Old German Shepherd Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Old German Shepherd Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Old German Shepherd Dog Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Old German Shepherd Dog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Old German Shepherd Dogs are easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Old German Shepherd Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Old German Shepherd Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Old German Shepherd Dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Old German Shepherd Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Old German Shepherd Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Old German Shepherd Dogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Old German Shepherd Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Old German Shepherd Dogs are heavy shedders.
  • Mouthiness: Old German Shepherd Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Dog Friendly: Old German Shepherd Dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Old German Shepherd Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Old German Shepherd Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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