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German Shepherd Dog (GSD)
Loyal, protective, dutiful, intelligent, are all words to describe the German Shepherd Dog.The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is a versatile working-dog, capable of being trained to perform a wide variety of tasks. German Shepherds are family pets, police dogs, guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, bomb and drug detection dogs, sheep and cattle herders, hunting companions, guard dogs, obedience champions, avalanche dogs, assistance dogs, show dogs, and more. Regardless of their particular role, German Shepherds are excellent companions provided they receive the attention, training, and exercise they need and feel useful.

German Shepherds are a very popular selection for use as working dogs. They are especially well known for their police work, being used for tracking criminals, patrolling troubled areas, and detection and holding of suspects. Additionally thousands of German Shepherds have been used by the military. Usually trained for scout duty, they are used to warn soldiers to the presence of enemies or of booby traps or other hazards. German Shepherds have been trained by military groups to parachute from aircraft.

The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most widely used breeds in a wide variety of scent-work roles. These include search and rescue, cadaver searching, narcotics detection, explosives detection, accelerant detection, and mine detection dog, among others. They are suited for these lines of work because of their keen sense of smell and their ability to work regardless of distractions.

German Shepherd Dogs are used for herding and tending sheep grazing in meadows next to gardens and crop fields. They are expected to patrol the boundaries to keep sheep from trespassing and damaging the crops. In Germany and other places these skills are tested in utility dog trials also known as HGH (Herdengebrauchshund) herding utility dog trials.

The Vizsla has earned the nickname the "Velcro dog." Owning a Vizsla is a lot like having an extra shadow. He will follow you wherever you want to go, whether it's out of town or into the kitchen. He will almost certainly accompany you to the bathroom. And he will have to be touching you when he is lying down. He will probably try to sleep with his head on your pillow. The Vizsla is remarkably affectionate, and not afraid to show it in public. Be prepared for big kisses along with the Vizsla hug -- two paws around your neck. The breed originates from Hungary, and there is an old Hungarian saying: If you own a Vizsla, he lives on your head. The Vizsla is an ideal companion for a very active person with a very active lifestyle. The Vizsla needs lots and lots (and lots) of exercise. You will need to let your Vizsla run for at least an hour each day, rain or shine. The Vizsla is very bright, and like many breeds, he needs a job to do. For this reason, he excels in formal competition. But even if you don't want to go this route, you will need to come up with something for your Vizsla to do, as he will crave mental stimulation. They excel at flyball, agility, and Frisbee. They make great jogging companions and they love to swim. If they do not get the exercise they need, they will act out and misbehave. They will eat anything: pantyhose, shoes, rocks ... and are famous for needing surgery to clear intestinal blockage. They also hate to be left alone, so they are not ideal for a person who has to work long hours away from her dog. They are great with well-behaved, respectful children, though are often not fond of toddlers. They have been known to knock over a two-year-old in order to steal a toy. They are known as the "Versatile Vizsla" in the hunting world because they can do it all: hunt, point, and retrieve. They can also do it all as a pet. They are bright, capable, and curious animals with an uncanny ability to respond to training. Although be prepared, a Vizsla continues to act like he is a puppy until he is about four years old. Vizslas will alert you with a bark should someone be on your front steps. Of course, once you let the person in, your Vizsla is liable to greet them with a wagging tail and two paws to the stomach.

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