Top 10 German Dog Breeds
Germany is known for its excellence in fine
beers, cars, sausage, scientists… but this
is Animal Facts and it might be pretty apparent
by now that we love dogs.
While dog breeds come from just about every
country in the world, Germany is home to a
wide variety of wonderful breeds.
Coming in all different shapes and sizes,
there’s no doubt that there’s a German
breed for everyone and this is our top 10
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German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd Dog has long been one
of America’s most popular dog breeds — for
He’s an intelligent and capable working
His devotion and courage are unmatched.
And he’s amazingly versatile, excelling
at most anything he’s trained to do: guide
and assistance work for the handicapped, police
and military service, herding, search and
rescue, drug detection, competitive obedience
and, last but not least, faithful companion.
You can find a link to a playlist with videos
about all these dogs in the card on screen
or in the comments below.
Once nearly extinct, the Rottweiler has become
one of the most popular dog breeds.
The Rottweiler is, perhaps also, one of the
Like the mythical Greek hero Hercules, the
Rottweiler is strong and true, with a loving
Affectionately called Rotties or Rotts, a
well-bred Rottweiler is calm and confident.
He’s a natural guard dog with a mellow disposition
who is successful, not only in police and
military work but also as a family friend
The Doberman is a fairly new dog breed, originating
in Germany in the early 1880s.
Louis Dobermann was a tax collector, who would
sometimes work as a police officer, night
guard, and dog catcher.
Herr Dobermann often found himself traveling
with bags of money through dangerous parts
of town at late hours.
With his access to the pound, he bred a dog
that is lean and muscular, a medium sized
dog that is refined but intimidating.
Ah, the Mini Schnauzer, the adorable small
dog breed that will win your heart with its
engaging personality and childlike mannerisms.
He’s a dog who’s got it all in one small
package: intelligence, affection, an extroverted
temperament, humor, and a personality that’s
twice as big as he is.
Throw in that mustache and quivering enthusiasm,
and he’ll make you laugh YOUR tail off.
He may be the only small dog on our list,
but he more than makes up for it in personality.
German Shorthaired Pointer
Friendly, smart, willing to please … The
German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile
hunter and an all-purpose gun dog capable
of high performance in the field and in the
water, who also doubles as a great family
An active family, that is.
If you’ve ever admired the versatility,
athleticism, and stamina of a decathlete,
you’ll admire the German Shorthaired Pointer.
Intelligent, high-energy, playful, loyal … just
a few words that accurately describe the Boxer.
They were one of the first breeds employed
as a police dog, and have been used as seeing-eye
But they are perhaps best known for being
loyal family pets that are especially fond
We all love the wiener dog’s amusing and
unique body shape, but the breed wasn’t
bred that way just to maximize cuteness.
Originally bred to hunt badgers, these hounds
are shaped to allow easy access in and out
of badger setts, a name given to badger layers.
The name Dachshund comes from the German “Dachs”
meaning “badger” and “hund” meaning
Don’t judge a book by its cover — Poodles
might look like frou-frou pups, but they were
actually bred to hunt.
Poodles hail from Germany, where they were
called pudel, which is German for “puddle.”
While poodles today have connotations of wealth
and luxury, they were bred to work.
The athletic dogs are excellent swimmers and
were used by hunters to retrieve ducks and
other birds from the water.
It’s hard to miss the Weimaraner, thanks
to his unusual gray coat and his mesmerizing
gray, blue, or amber eyes.
The “Silver Ghost”, as he is called, was
a highly sought-after hunting dog breed of
nobles in his native Germany.
Today, these elegant but fearless dogs can
still be found out on the hunting grounds,
and also make a fine, albeit energetic, family
The Great Dane is a large German breed of
domestic dog known for its giant size.
The German name of the breed is Deutsche Dogge,
or German Mastiff.
The Great Dane is truly a great dog breed
— large and noble, commonly referred to
as a gentle giant or as the “Apollo of dogs.”
The Great Dane certainly holds stature in
the dog world; but though he looks imposing,
in reality, he’s one of the best-natured
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