9 Popular German Dog Breeds

Today, we want to take a closer look at some of the most popular German dog breeds.
9 Popular German Dog Breeds

Last update: 14 October, 2019

When it comes to creating and breeding dogs, Germany is one of the most prolific countries in the world. In fact there are around 40 German dog breeds in total. They are extremely popular, with many exported all over the world. We’ll tell you all about them in this article.

German dog breeds

Because there are so many German dog breeds, today we shall only be focusing on some of the best-known examples:

A boxer on the beach.

1. Boxer

Although they were originally bred as working dogs, these days boxers are most commonly kept as pets. These medium-sized, mastiff-type dogs, have strong jaws, a flat muzzle (usually black in color), large ears, and a short, glossy coat, which can be either brindle, brown or white. In terms of temperament, boxers are clever, active, and loyal dogs, and can be little territorial.

2. Weimaraner

Weimaraners are hunting dogs with short, thick fur to protect them against the damp. Named after the Duque of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, they are easy to train, and are commonly used as guard dogs.

One of their most notable characteristics is their eye color, which gradually changes over time. Newborn Weimaraners have blue eyes, which later change to turquoise, and finally amber. Weimaraners also have large ears and long muzzles. Their coats come in a variety of shades of gray, such as charcoal blue, mouse-gray, silver-gray, or blue-gray.

3. Doberman

The Doberman is one of the newest German breeds, first appearing at the end of the 19th Century. Their aggressive appearance meant they were used to protect debt collectors against angry debtors and other potential assailants. The Doberman’s earliest ancestor originated from Thuringia, in central Germany, and was also used as a guard dog. These animals have square, muscular bodies, short tails and pointed ears. Their short, coarse fur is mainly black or brown in color.

4. Dachshund

The popular “Wiener dog” is one of the most famous German dog breeds in the world. A descendant of the Basset Hound, the Dachshund has a rather unusual appearance, with a long body and short legs. Other notable characteristics of the Dachshund include its long muzzle, long tail, and large ears. There are a variety of different coat types, including, short, coarse and long. These are sweet, playful, and sociable animals that hate spending too much time alone.

5. Great Dane

Also known as the Deutsche Dogge or the German Mastiff, the Great Dane is the largest breed in the world, earning it the nickname, “Gentle Giant”. These are affectionate, friendly, and often shy dogs, with a clumsy, awkward gait. They are fairly high maintenance, requiring a special diet and attentive care to prevent issues such as gastric torsion. There are five main coat colors: fawn, brindle, harlequin, black, and blue.

6. German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is one of the most famous pastoral breeds in the world. First appearing back in 1899, the German Shepherd was bred to help protect flocks. Their great intelligence, strength and obedience has made them the breed of choice for police and search and rescue work. They often suffer from hip dysplasia, and need plenty of exercise.

7. German Pinscher

Medium-sized, with a strong stature, a short, smooth coat, fine head, long muzzle, and pointed ears, German Pinschers are clever, active dogs that need plenty of exercise. They often don’t take well to strangers, but their strong characters make them the leader of the pack if there are other dogs in the house.

The Rottweiler is a famous German dog.

8. Rottweiler

Another member of the Molosser family, the Rottweiler’s origins can be traced back to the Roman empire. Their appearance has changed much since then, evolving as their usage has changed. These large dogs are strong, with long limbs, large heads, and a smooth, black and tan coat. Rottweilers have a laid-back temperament, and are known for their great obedience and loyalty.

9. Schnauzer

This is another German breed with a rich and interesting history. These dogs first appeared back in the 15th Century, in the region of Wurttemberg. Their name comes from the German word for “mustache”, in reference to the long fur around their muzzles. Their excellent sense of smell meant that they were originally used as hunting dogs. These are sweet, friendly animals that adapt well to family life.

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