DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD: 11.08.2010
UTILIZATION: Versatile working, herding, and service dog.
Brief Historical Overview
According to the official documentation of the Verein für DeutscheSchäferhunde (SV) e.V. (Society for the German Shepherd Dog, “SV” for short) — legal domicile in Augsburg, Germany, a member of the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH, German Kennel Club) — the “SV” as the founding club of the breed is responsible for the breed standard of the German Shepherd Dog. Established in the first General Meeting at Frankfurt/Main on 20 September 1899 according to suggestions by A. Meyer and Max von Stephanitz and in addition to the amendments of the 6th General Meeting on 28 July 1901, the 23rd General Meeting at Cologne/Rhineland on 17 September 1909, the Executive Board & Advisory Board Meeting at Wiesbaden on 5 September 1930 and the Breeding Committee &Executive Board Meeting on 25 March 1961, revisions were resolved within the framework of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs (WUSV) Meeting on 30 August 1976. Revisions and cataloged measures were resolved with the Enabling Resolution through the Executive Board and Advisory Board from 23/24 March 1991, amended through the Federal Conventions from25 May 1997 and 31 May/1 June 2008.
The German Shepherd Dog, whose methodical breeding was started in 1899 after the foundation of the society, had been bred from the central German and southern German breeds of the herding dogs existing at that time with the ultimate objective of creating a working dog inclined to high achievements. In order to achieve this objective, the breed standard of the German Shepherd Dog was determined, which relates to the physical constitution as well as the traits and characteristics.
The German Shepherd Dog is medium-size, slightly elongated, powerful and well-muscled, with dry bone and firm overall structure.
Important Dimensional Rations: The height at the withers amounts to 60 cm to 65 cm for male dogs and 55 cm to 60 cm for female dogs. The trunk length exceeds the dimension at the height at the withers by about 10 — 17 %
The German Shepherd Dog must be well-balanced (with strong nerves) in terms of character, self-assured, absolutely natural, and (except for a stimulated situation) good-natured as well as attentive and willing to please. He must possess instinctive behavior, resilience, and self-assurance in order to be suitable as a companion, guard, protection, service, and herding dog.
The head is wedge-shaped, and in proportion to the body size (length about 40 % at the height at the withers), without being plump or too elongated, dry in the overall appearance and moderately broad between the ears.
Seen from the front and side, the forehead is only slightly arched and without any or with only a slightly indicated middle furrow.
The ratio from the cranial region to the facial region is 50 % to 50 %. The width of the cranial region more or less corresponds to the length of the cranial region. The cranial region (seen from above) tapers evenly towards the nasal bridge with gradually sloping, not sharply depicted stop in the wedge-shaped facial region (foreface) of the head. Upper and lower jaws are powerfully developed
The nasal dorsum is straight, any dip or bulge is undesirable. The lips are taut, close well, and are of dark coloring. The nose must be black.
The teeth must be strong, healthy, and complete (42 teeth according to the dental formula). The German Shepherd Dog has a scissor bite, i.e. the incisors must interlock like scissors, whereby the incisors of the upper jaw overlap those of the lower jaw. Occlusal overlay, overbite, and retrusive occlusion as well as larger spaces between the teeth (gaps) are faulty. The straight dental ridge of the incisors is also faulty. The jawbones must be strongly developed so that the teeth can be deeply embedded in the dental ridge.
The eyes are of medium size, almond-shaped, slightly slanted, and not protruding. The color of the eyes should be as dark as possible. Light, piercing eyes are undesirable since they impair the dog’s impression.
The German Shepherd Dog has erect ears of medium size, which are carried upright and aligned (not drawn-in laterally); they are pointed and with the auricle facing forward.
Tipped ears and drooping ears are faulty. Ears carried rearward when moving or in a relaxed position are not faulty.
The neck should be strong, well-muscled, and without loose neck skin (dewlap). The angulation towards the trunk (horizontal) amounts to approx. 45%.
The upper line runs from the base of the neck via the high, long withers and via the straight back towards the slightly sloping croup, without visible interruption.
The tail extends at least to the hock, but not beyond the middle of the hind pastern. It has slightly longer hair on the underside and is carried hanging downward in a gentle curve, whereby in a state of excitement and in motion it is raised and carried higher, but not beyond the horizontal. Operative corrections are forbidden.
The forelimbs are straight when seen from all sides, and absolutely parallel when seen from the front.http://pgsdc.com.pk/frontend/images/pgsdc/Dog-1.png Shoulder blade and upper arm arc of equal length, and firmly attached to the trunk by means of powerful musculature. The angulation from the shoulder blade and upper arm is ideally 90°, but generally up to 110°.
The elbows may not be turned out either while standing or moving, and also not pushed in. The forearms are straight when seen from all sides, and absolutely parallel to each other, dry and firmly muscled. The pastern has a length of approx. 1/3 of the forearm, and has an angle of approx. 20° to 22° to the forearm. A slanted pastern (more than 22°), as well as a steep pastern (less than 20°), impairs the suitability for work, particularly the stamina.
The paws are rounded, well-closed, and arched; the soles are hard, but not brittle. The nails are strong and of dark color.
The position of hind legs is slightly backward, whereby the hind limbs are parallel to each other when seen from the rear. The upper leg and lower leg are of approximately the same length and form an angle of approx. 120°, the legs are strong and well-muscled.
The hocks are strongly developed and firm; the hind pastern stands vertically under the hock.
The paws are closed, slightly arched; the pads are hard and of dark color; the nails are strong, arched, and also of dark color.
The German Shepherd Dog is a trotter. The limbs must be coordinated in length and angulation so that the dog can shift the hindquarters towards the trunk without any essential change of the top line and can reach just as far with the forelimbs. Any tendency towards over-angulation of the hindquarters reduces the stability and the stamina, and thereby. the working ability. Correct body proportions and angulations result in a gait that is far-reaching and flat over the ground which conveys the impression of effortless forward movements. The head pushed forward and the slightly raised tail result in a consistent, smooth trot showing a gently curved, uninterrupted upper line from the ear tips over the neck and back to the end of the tail.
The skin is (loosely) fitting, but without forming any folds.
Hair: The German Shepherd Dog is bred in the hair varieties double coat and long and harsh outer coat — both with undercoat.
The guard hair should be as dense as possible, particularly harsh and close fitting: short on the head, including the inside of the ears, short on the front side of the legs, paws, and toes, some-what longer and more strongly covered in hair on the neck. On the backside of the legs the hair extends to the carpal joint or the hock; it forms moderate ‘trousers’ on the backside of the haunches.
Long and harsh outer coat
The guard hair should be long, soft, and not close fitting, with tufts on the ears and legs, bushy trousers, and bushy tail with downward formation of tuft. Short on the head, including the inside of the ears, on the front side of the legs, on the paws and toes, somewhat longer and more strongly covered in hair on the neck, almost forming a mane. On the backside of the legs, the hair extends to the carpal joint or the hock and forms clear trousers on the backside of the haunches.
Colors are black with reddish-brown, brown, and yellow to light grey markings; single-colored black, grey with darker shading, black saddle, and mask. Unobtrusive, small white marks on the chest, as well as very light color on insides, are permissible, but not desirable. The tip of the nose must be black in all colors. Dogs with lack of mask, light to piercing eye color, as well as with light to whitish markings on the chest and the insides, pale nails, and red tip of tail are considered to be lacking in pigmentation. The undercoat shows a light grayish tone. The color white is not allowed.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Height at the withers: 60 cm to 65 cm Weight: 30 kg to 40 kg
Height at the withers: 55 cm to 60 cm Weight: 22 kg to 32 kg
TESTICLES: Male dogs should have two obviously normally developed testicles that are completely in the scrotum.
FAULTS: Any deviation from the aforementioned points should be considered as a fault whose evaluation should be in exact proportion to the degree of deviation.
Serious faults: Deviations from the above-described breed characteristics which impair the working capability.
Faulty ears: Some set too low laterally, tipped ears, inward constricted to ears not firm.
Considerable pigment deficiencies
Severely impaired overall stability
Dental faults: All deviations from scissor bite and dental formula insofar as it does not involve eliminating faults (see the following)
Dogs with weak character and weak nerves which bite.
- a) Dogs with proven "severe hip dysplasia".
- b) Monorchid or cryptorchid dogs as well as dogs with clearly dissimilar or atrophied testicles.
- c) Dogs with disfiguring ears or tail faults.
- d) Dogs with malformations.
- e) Dogs with dental faults, with lack of:
1 premolar 3 and another tooth, or
1 canine tooth, or
1 premolar 4, or
1 molar 1 or
molar 2, or
a total of 3 teeth or more
- f) Dogs with jaw deficiencies:
Overshot by 2 mm and more
Level bite in the entire incisor region
- g) Dogs with oversize or undersize by more than 1 cm
- h) Albinism
- i) White hair color (also with dark eyes and nails)
- j) Long Straight Topcoat without undercoat
- k) Long-haired (long, soft guard hair without undercoat, mostly parted in the middle of the back, tufts on the ears and legs and on the tail)