Today we are gonna learn imgur. And you know what I know a shit ton about? The precise cooking times of hot pockets to the perfect edible temperature. But you know what I know even more about? German Shepherds. So strap yourself into what ever seat you're sitting in, because I'm about to drop some heavy knowledge on you. And not some of that Wikipedia bullshit. I'm talking some hardcore, old fashioned, knowledge. Words ripped from pages in various books that intricately detail the breed of the German Shepherd.
See this creepy guy? This motherfucker is the reason we have one of the most amazingly badass breeds of dogs (subjective opinion sure, but I'm telling the story here so shut up.) This bro here is Max Von Stephanitz. And Max here was a German calvary officer. One day ol' Maxy-poo was watching a sheepherder like a real weirdo. Now, aparantly the sheep in Germany were some real big fucking sheep. And back in the day of Max, the sheep dogs Germans used were quite small. And like another certain German, Max had a vision. A vision of a breed that was extremely intelligent, quick on its feet, protective if necessary, noble in appearance, trustworthy, physically fit so it could work all day long, had the innate desire to please, and a who could reason and be the companion to a man. Now most would say Max's vision is that of a perfect mate, or even a soldier (someone else had that idea...did not go well.) But fuck that noise Max envisioned the perfect canine! So in the 1890's Max, being the dedicated man he was, set out to breed the perfect working dog.
But he was a Captain in the cavalry right? How could he possibly have time to breed dogs? Simple. This fucker wined and dined an actress, swooned her, then put a ring on it. Now you might be saying "Okay? How does that give him more time to breed dogs?" Well being married to an actress as a Cavalry Captain was seen as below his social standards. So the German military asked him to leave. So he packed his shit and bounced. Bam! All the time in the world to breed them pups.
So Max bought himself an estate, a nice one too. He then founded the SV (don't as me what that means, aparantly these books expect me to know what that means?!) Some more irrelevant shit happened until a dog show called the Sieger Show became international, making its way to Germany. And the winners of the Sieger Show, they would be his building blocks.
After tons of breeding of these prized dogs, Max eventually moved to Bavaria. And in Bavaria is where this kickass breed of dog was born. The main head of German Shepherds was named Horand. He is the head honcho of German Shepherds.
Fast forward some years and the breed had been perfected! At first people didn't believe Max. Mainly the army (but fuck em what did they know, letting such a brilliant mind slip through their hands!) So Max gave several of these working machines to the police force to use as police dogs. And holy shit did they perform. So well in fact, the Army later took back their shit talk and recognized how useful these dogs truely were.
During World War I German Shepherds were used as messenger dogs, helped lay telephone lines, and even found wounded soldiers on the battlefield for the Red Cross!
But for every dream comes a nightmare. In the 1930s Nazism spread through Germany like a cancer. Many of the members of the SV were Nazis themselves, and they tried to meddle in Max's work and when he resisted he was threatened with a concentration camp. This was it for Max, he gave up. And on April 22nd, 1936, our dear Captain von Stephanitz passed away.
Ever since then German Shepherds have been seen as the main working dog. They are intelligent, loyal, and hard working. They are prized for their beauty which was never a goal in the eyes of our dear Max. But his dream lives on! In the beauty of his breed.
These dogs are beautiful, no one can deny that! There are many different breeds now. Working breeds, show breeds, and domestic breeds. Each is distinguished by their build. They are family dogs, there is no doubt about this. They are meant to be apart of the family, not tossed outside like a mut. These dogs thrive on pleasing. They want to learn. They hunger for knowledge. These dogs are, by far, one of the most obedient breeds known to man. They are used as special needs dogs, military dogs, police dogs, and even rescue dogs! While this is not the only breed that does these jobs, this is my story, and I love these fucking dogs.
The German Shepherd breed is easily one of the most beloved dog breeds. It is highly coveted with some blood lines selling offspring for as much as US$15,000 dollars. While these dogs are pricey even when not champion bloodlines, they will be one of the best dogs you own if you raise them right.
While in my opinion they are the best dogs I completely encourage you to weigh in on your favorite breed if you have one! We all love dogs here on Imgur so why not actually talk about it?
TL:DR :German Cavalry officer makes super kick ass dogs, I know you'll at least look at the pictures so I'm cool with that.
And of course, what kind of dog post would this be without my very own Dog Tax.
This is my boy Hoxton, he is a full blooded German Shepherd and the third one my family has owned. But he is my first. This is his first picture ever.
My boy, all grown up :')
P.s. First post ever on imgur...I really just wanted to talk about German Shepherds so I made an account.