True friends aren’t the ones who make your problems disappear. They are the ones who won’t disappear when you are facing problems. The two friends from the next video stick up for each other no matter what. At first, their owner was worried it would take time for the two to get along. When leaving the house, she had to put little Sophie inside the kennel to protect her from the German Shepherd Twitch. Twitch didn’t like his friend being caged, so he figured out how to help Sophie. Busted!
The German Shepherd is the second most registered dog in the USA at 3.5 million, right after the Golden Retriever. Shepherds are the third most intelligent after poodles and border collies. They can learn simple tasks after only five repetitions. In 95 out of 100 cases, these dogs obey the first time you give a command. German Shepherd is ranked fourth overall in the “Best Nose” category, being “out-nosed” by Beagle, Bassett Hound and Bloodhound. But, when it comes to jaw strength, no other dog can compete with a GS, not even a PitBull! The bite of a German Shepherd has 238 pounds-of-force, humans only have about 86. These dogs’ jaws are so strong, they could break bones through tissue and tendons.
Even though GS was bred as a herding dog, it became very useful during both World Wars. These dogs worked as guards, supply carriers, Red Cross helpers, messengers, and rescuers, they also provided comfort to the soldiers. Many German Shepherds are known for their heroism. Chips, a mixed-breed German Shepherd, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his bravery in WWII. Nemo, a German Shepherd that served in the Vietnam war, took a round to the eye, but still attacked the enemy, giving his handler time to escape.
German Shepherds were among the first canine movie stars. Strongheart (October 1, 1917 – June 24, 1929) was featured in six films. He was even inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960. And we all remember Rin Tin Tin, a Shepherd rescued from a World War I battlefield in France, and brought to the States by an American corporal (Lee Duncan). He appeared in 26 movies and played a big role in popularizing the breed throughout America.