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It belongs to the most widespread utility dog breeds in the world: A German shepherd dog is also suitable for a life in the family thanks to its eager to learn and people-oriented nature.

Car accessories are indispensable for dog owners who regularly travel or are on the road with their dog. After all, not only you yourself should be optimally secured, but also your pet. Whether in the trunk or on the back seat, with the right dog equipment for your car, every trip will be hygienic, safe and comfortable.

Transport boxes and protective covers: Dog car accessories for maximum safety

If you have enough space in the trunk, you should ideally transport your dog in a spacious and comfortable transport box. Equipped with cushions, sufficient fresh air grilles and reinforced outer walls, your dog can relax during the journey. Even annoying dog hairs stay in the box. But if you don’t have that much space, you can protect the back seat with a car cover. This is attached to the front and rear seats with a simple click procedure and also contains a recess for the seat belt. The belt can be easily attached to any dog harness and connected to the back seat with a click in the buckle system.

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Safety nets and fresh air grilles: indispensable car accessories for dogs

Safety nets as well as safety grids protect you and your animal during the journey. If your dog in the trunk is not secured in a box, these easy-to-install devices prevent your dog from jumping forward into the passenger area. Fresh air grilles are also particularly practical when equipping dogs for the car. You can simply attach these to the window and thus prevent your dog from getting outside or strangers from reaching into the car. Nevertheless, you should never leave your dog alone in the car for a long period of time. In the warm summer months, just a few minutes are enough to cause your beloved pet to overheat, which can be fatal. While driving, however, these grilles provide constant fresh air; they are therefore ideal for longer trips.

Dog blankets for the car: safety, hygiene and comfort in one

Whether on trips, journeys or to doctor’s appointments, most dogs are patient passengers and like to be transported in the car. But for every journey, safety is the top priority. However, you should not only secure your pet properly, but also protect your upholstery from contamination. Because dog hairs and dirt from dirty paws and wet fur can often only be removed with a lot of effort. With a dog blanket for the car you offer your animal comfort, can secure it with a short leash and at the same time protect the seats and upholstery of your car.

With a dog blanket your pet will not leave any traces in the car

In the trunk your dog has enough space and can relax and unwind during the whole trip. However, you should separate the passenger compartment with a net or grille to prevent the dog from jumping forward during the ride or from getting injured in case of an accident. Dog blankets for the car can be flexibly adjusted in the trunk and have adjustable side panels to protect the upholstery in the entire area. The water- and dirt-repellent materials ensure quick and hygienic cleaning. You can simply wash them off with a damp cloth or mild soapy water. Another advantage of these dog blankets for the car is an extra lining to protect the trunk sill and the bumper. This is simply extended with two zippers on the side parts and put over the trunk.

Car blankets: The ideal protection for dog and back seat

If you do not have an estate car or a larger trunk, you can also attach a dog blanket to the back seat of the car. With a simple click system or zipper, the car blankets for dogs can be easily attached to the headrests in the front and rear area. Special belt recesses make it possible to fasten the blanket with a safety belt or travel harness. Many models also have integrated pockets, so that you always have everything at hand for your dog.


The ancestors of the German shepherd probably lived in Germany already in the 7th century. The stock-haired dogs already had a quite wide field of activity at that time. A German shepherd dog carried out the main task of herding and driving the flock of sheep, but at the same time it should also guard and protect the belongings of the shepherd. The history of the German shepherd dog, as we know it today, officially begins only at the end of the 19th century. In 1871, the Prussian court equestrian Max von Stephanitz, who is considered the founder of this breed today, began with the targeted breeding of the versatile dogs.

Stephanitz had resounding success with the male “Hektor von Linksrhein”, which he renamed “Horand von Grafrath” after his purchase in 1898. Horand was the first dog to be registered in the stud book of the newly founded “Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde” (SV). On him and on his brother “Lynx von Sparwasser” Stephanitz put all his breeding efforts. Horand von Grafrath and lynx von Sparwasser as well as the bitch “Mari von Grafrath” are today considered the tribal parents of the German shepherd dog. Most German shepherd dogs go back to their line.

Symbol of “German virtues”

The goal of the breeder von Stephanitz was clearly defined. He was interested in a versatile working dog, about whose nature and working characteristics the breeder had exact ideas. A German Shepherd dog possessed the virtues courage, loyalty, obedience, endurance and robustness, which made him world-famous and in many countries one of the most popular service dog breeds of authorities like police and military. At the time of the First and Second World War these characteristics were stylized to “German virtues”. The German Shepherd became a symbol of National Socialist sentiment. As a result of anti-German resentment abroad, the British Kennel Club changed the breed name to “Alsatian Wolf Dog” or later simply to “Alsatian Dog” in order to avoid the attribute “German” in the name. Only in 1977 this change of name was reversed.

Nevertheless, a German Shepherd Dog was not only on the German side, but also on the side of the Allies a much sought-after war dog. He gained sad fame, however, mainly through his use in concentration camps and as a loyal companion of Adolf Hitler. Numerous photos of Nazi propaganda show Hitler with his German shepherd dog “Blondi”. Despite this instrumentalization and a strong decimation by the Second World War, the breed was able to assert itself after the end of the war and soon became one of the most sought-after utility dog breeds in the world again. With the “conversion” of many dog breeds to family dogs, the German Shepherd as such also became more and more popular.

German shepherd dog temperament

Hardly any other pedigree dog can be used as versatile as a German Shepherd. Originally bred as a herding dog, which was supposed to herd and guard the sheep, the German Shepherd is now used as a service and protection dog by police, military and customs, as a rescue and therapy dog, as an avalanche search dog and as a guide dog for the blind. Not only in his home country Germany, but also worldwide the German Shepherd is the leading service dog breed.

Self confident, robust and easy to handle

No man or machine can replace the brave, persevering and reliable dog in his work. His drive, resilience and self assurance are legendary. Thanks to his high intelligence, his ability to learn and his enormous willingness to work, he accepts new challenges at lightning speed and is therefore suitable for almost any task he is assigned. In addition, the German Shepherd is very people-oriented. A German shepherd dog is always faithful, loyal and reliable to his owner. Thus it is above all the combination of robustness, work instinct, reliability and easy handling that makes the German Shepherd so popular and predestines him for the most diverse areas of application.

A utility dog as a family dog?

Its loyalty and reliability towards people has also made the German Shepherd a popular family dog. Indeed, the four-legged friend – provided he is well-behaved and fully occupied – is a great partner and companion, which is very well suited for living together in a family. A well socialized German Shepherd dog proves to be very fond of children and well compatible with other pets. A prerequisite for a life as a family dog, however, is that the active dog is encouraged physically and mentally. Dogs that are not sufficiently occupied and whose urge to move and work is not taken into consideration develop bad habits that are actually foreign to the basically balanced pedigree dog. They become nervous and overcautious and are difficult to manage in everyday life. Physically and mentally busy sheepdogs, on the other hand, are an enrichment for every family: playmate, sports companion and incredibly loyal protector.

German shepherd dog appearance

With a shoulder-height between 60 and 65 cm with males and 55 to 60 cm with bitches, the German shepherd belongs to the moderate-sized until big dog-races. Its well-proportioned body reflects its life as a working and utility dog. A German shepherd dog is strong and strongly muscled, but always appears athletic and agile. Any tendency to clumsiness is rejected. It possesses an expansive and powerful gait, which testifies to an enormous endurance. The wedge-shaped head, that stands in a harmonious relationship to the body, closes with a straight nose-back and an always black nose. It impresses its opposite not least with a complete scissor bite of 42 teeth. Its upright and forward directed standing ears as well as its dark and easily slanted eyes give the sheepdog an always awake and attentive expression.

Coat and color variations

For a long time, the breed standard of the FCI, which is led under the number 166 in the group of the herding and driving dogs, allowed only dogs with stock-haired fur. The stockhair should lie straight and firmly and be strengthened by a dense undercoat, that protects the dog reliably against snow, rain and cold.

Only in the year 2008 also the long-stick-hair type was included in the FCI standard. The long, soft top coat, which does not lie tightly with this type of coat, forms bushy flags and pants on ears, legs and tail. The strongly hairy neck shows a characteristic mane. The colors of the stick-hair-fur and/or long-stock-hair-fur are black with brown, yellow or light-gray insignia, black or wolf-gray monochrome or gray with brown insignia.

White shepherd dogs

Although white German Shepherd puppies are occasionally found in litters, the FCI standard has considered white to be a missing color since 1933. In 1968 the “Shepherd Dog Club of America”, which is responsible for the standard of the “American Kennel Club”, finally followed suit. An exception is today only the “Canadian Kennel Club”, which still accepts white shepherd dogs in its stud book. Since 2011 the FCI leads the “White Shepherd Dog” as an independent dog breed under the name “Berger Blanc Suisse” (White Swiss Shepherd). However, white shepherd puppies may not be mated with Swiss dogs and therefore cannot be registered as such.

Breeding and health

With the increasing spread of the breed, unfortunately, the number of breed typical diseases also increased. Thus, the “hip dysplasia” (HD), which can be found in many dog breeds today, was first detected in a German Shepherd dog. A further joint disease, with which the breed has to fight again and again, is the “elbow dysplasia” (ED) as well as the degenerative “lumbosacral stenosis” (DLSS) or also called “cauda-equina-syndrome”, which leads to paralysis. In addition, eye diseases and allergies are increasingly common in German shepherd dogs.

German shepherd dog: high breeding, beauty breeding and performance breeding

Basically, the German Shepherd Dog became bigger and bigger and more massive in the course of his breeding. Critics complain that this shape no longer has much in common with the original type, which was much lighter, less muscular, but more agile and agile. The controversy among breeders finally led to the fact that today one distinguishes between two different lines: On the one hand the high breeding or beauty breeding, with a somewhat more massive build and a sloping back (“hatchback”). And on the other side the performance breeding, which prefers a lighter type and primarily attaches importance to good service dog qualities.

East German Shepherd Dog

The division of Germany after the Second World War also affected the breeding of the German Shepherd Dog. Independent breeding lines were formed. In the west, the typical appearance of the German shepherd dog in the style of Kommissar Rex was predominantly bred, in the east, one attached importance to the preservation of the service dog qualities as well as a rather dark coloring. The East German shepherd dog is characterized by an athletic physique, strong colors and a strong head. Characteristic for the “Ossi” is above all the straight back. It exists in the colors black, deep black brown, gray-brown and gray-brown cloudy. In the GDR-breeding, a containment of the hip dysplasia (HD) was also achieved by specific selection. Unfortunately there are only a few animals of the pure GDR-line nowadays, so breeding will be difficult in the future.

German Shepherd Dog Award

Genetic tests of the breeding animals should reduce the occurrence of hereditary diseases. In the meantime, a so-called breeding value provides information on the extent to which the puppy is predisposed to a disease. Dogs that are genetically strongly predisposed are excluded from breeding. If you are interested in a German Shepherd puppy, you should absolutely clarify whether all recommended tests have been carried out and “passed” by the breeder. The prerequisite for this is that you buy your puppy from a reputable breeder who invests a lot of time and money in the health of his dogs and is willing to give you information. It goes without saying that a completely healthy and controlled puppy is not available at a bargain price.