The German Shepherd is the most accomplished and versatile breed known today, and was the creation of Capt. Max Von Stephanitz, a retired German Calvary officer in the 1890’s. The intelligence, loyalty, and devotion he developed in this breed made them the worlds preferred police/military breed. But lifestyles have changed since 1890.
The original Shepherd was a rural dog, herding livestock by day and protecting the home by night. For those cold European nights a dense fur coat was essential for life outside.
A very high energy level was needed to work with livestock all day, and still remain alert for wolves or burglars at night.
Today? Not so much.
The Western Shepherd is a makeover of this great breed, bringing about the first major changes in over a hundred years. These changes better fit them into today’s western lifestyle, while also addressing the health, and structural problems that have the breed.
In the western world our dogs are our family companions, and possibly our security system. We don’t need a high energy dog, constantly looking for wolves in the night. And as our dogs are a part of our family, they don’t need all that thick undercoat and excess hair and your clothes & home sure don’t either.
The Shepherds biggest job in the western world may be keeping our family safe. For that we need all the power and strength of the original German Shepherd, but none of the crippling health problems of today’s German Shepherd.
This is why the Western Shepherd is bred to be a low-to-no shed dog, with the athletic ability of a Greyhound, the devotion of Mother Theresa & the knock out power of Mike Tyson.
Recreated for the busy, urban lifestyle, of the western world, we place a premium on intelligence and easy trainability. In this breed. If you don’t have the time to train your Western Shepherd, buy them a book on obedience training, give it to your pup, and tell them to come show you when they have learned it all.