The breeds of German shepherd dogs have various types that have their own origin and unique traits. Each type is respected equally for what it gets to the breed. All the types of the breed have various reasons for which they are unique, either their appearance, temperament or their drives.
- The Belgian Shepherds: The origin of these dogs is from Belgian and they are also known as the Belgian Sheepdog. These dogs are medium to large herding dogs. They are also quick learners and intelligent. They are energetic and also very strong. They are useful in search operations and tracking. They have a lifespan of 10 -14 years. These breeds of dogs need a daily walk and exercise. They weigh around 20 -30 kg. They can be warm to kids if are well trained at an early age.
- The King Shepherds: these are giant shepherd dogs, which are more powerful, muscular and bigger than German Shepherds. But when you compare their aggression, they tend to be less aggressive and are also intelligent and fast learners. They weigh around 34 – 68 kg. They have a lifespan of 10 – 11 years. They have weather resistant hair and are considered to be very loyal to their master.
- The Dutch Shepherds: these are the herding dogs bred by the Dutch farmers and shepherds so that they adapt to the tough conditions. They are considered to be the best shepherd dogs. Their special qualities include guarding, obedience and agility. They are very protective of their owner and the family and are great and loyal companions too. If they are not well trained on a regular basis then they can become stubborn. They weigh around 23 – 32 kg. They have a lifespan of 2 – 15 years.
- The American Alsatian: these large American breed dogs look very similar to the German Shepherds. But they are much bigger and powerful compared to the German Shepherds and are considered to be great family companion dogs. Their weight is around 34 – 55 kg. The lifespan of the American Alsatian is 12 – 14 years.
These dogs are considered to be moderately active. They also possess the quality of being curious. If they are not socialized properly they tend to get over-possessive of their family. They are also highly intelligent and obedient. They require a good breeder, with a healthy diet and they should also be limited to the amount of rough play.