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German Shepherds stand in the front rank of canine royalty, and experts say it's mostly due to their character: loyalty, courage, confidence, the ability to learn commands for many tasks, and the willingness to put their life on the line in defense of loved ones really make these dogs special. German Shepherds are gentle family pets and steadfast guardians, but before they become any of these things, they are the cutest puppies.

To show just how adorable these intelligent little pooches can be, Bored Panda has put together a list of photos that perfectly capture their everyday life. From joining K-9 units to simply napping on the couch, continue scrolling and enjoy the snaps!

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We Always Thought He Would Grow Into His Ears

We Always Thought He Would Grow Into His Ears

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German Shepherds are, as the name implies, a breed that originated in Germany. They were developed in the late 1800s and were subjected to stringent selection.

In the US, German Shepherds were introduced by soldiers returning home from World War I. The breed caught the public eye mostly because of movie stars Strongheart and Rin Tin Tin. By World War II, German Shepherds were the military breed of choice.

In 1999, German Shepherds were third on the American Kennel Club's list of the Top 50 Breeds.

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Branch Manager & Assistant Branch Manager

Branch Manager & Assistant Branch Manager

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Being a very active and athletic breed, a German Shepherd needs lots of exercise for its physical and mental wellbeing. A GSD who is not exercised enough will become frustrated and is likely to develop undesirable behaviors. With a puppy, you can start with short daily walks as well as play sessions in a safe, controlled environment like a fenced area.

Participating in canine activities such as agility, herding, tracking, and dock diving can provide excellent physical and mental exercise and can be loads of fun for both the dog and owner.

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First Day At Work

First Day At Work

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They say dogs are a man's best friend but the cat won't narc and show the cops where the drugs are.

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Dog behaviorist Nick Jones MA said that German Shepherds, ideally, are for people who have had experience with similar dogs before. "Provided that the owner is not a complete novice, has experience of training and living with larger protective breeds, the German Shepherd makes an excellent choice of dog for a family," Jones told Bored Panda. "Take time and care to find a reputable breeder that can show you dogs with a good parentage and can demonstrate a sound temperament in the parents and previous litters, as living with a nervous or under socialized German Shepherd can be stressful."

According to the specialist, the breed requires plenty of mental and physical stimulation and must be thoroughly socialized, both with the breeder (0-8 weeks) and with the owner (8-16 weeks in particular, and then it’s an ongoing process).

Jones stressed that German Shepherds require a great deal of time and effort in the initial stages once the dog goes to its new owner.

"Provided that training, socialization and good manners are put in place from a young age, this a breed that remains highly desirable."

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This Is Our German Shepherd Pup, Pepper, We Believe She Is Part Bear

This Is Our German Shepherd Pup, Pepper, We Believe She Is Part Bear

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My Boss Got A Puppy And Brought Her Into The Office. Productivity Went Waaay Down

My Boss Got A Puppy And Brought Her Into The Office. Productivity Went Waaay Down

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My Puppy Gigi, Figured She Could Get Some Love Here

My Puppy Gigi, Figured She Could Get Some Love Here

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The Cutest *mlem* You'll See All Day

The Cutest *mlem* You'll See All Day

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I Love This Happy Face

I Love This Happy Face

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A dog that smiles like that is definitely a good boi and deserves all the pats :)

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My New Puppy Admires The Heck Out Of Her Older Brother

My New Puppy Admires The Heck Out Of Her Older Brother

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Please See Instruction Manual Before Assembling German Shepherd Puppy

Please See Instruction Manual Before Assembling German Shepherd Puppy

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Remember, there are usually English instructions on the others side of the German ones.

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Well, He Figured Out That He Can Splash Water Everywhere

Well, He Figured Out That He Can Splash Water Everywhere

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This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At

This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At

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Christy Smith
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who would give up that pup? That f*****g ridiculous, I hope he finds a better home.

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Was At Work, Asked My Sister For A Snap Of My German Shepherd To Show My Friend

Was At Work, Asked My Sister For A Snap Of My German Shepherd To Show My Friend

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When Your Food Bowl Is Empty And You're Asking For More

When Your Food Bowl Is Empty And You're Asking For More

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My Shepherd Puppy In The 'Teepee' Ear Stage

My Shepherd Puppy In The 'Teepee' Ear Stage

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My Puppy Is So Happy To See His Littermate When We Meet Up To Go To The Park. Twins

My Puppy Is So Happy To See His Littermate When We Meet Up To Go To The Park. Twins

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My (At The Time) 2 Year-Old Son With Our 8 Week Old German Shepherd Dressed As Swat Members

My (At The Time) 2 Year-Old Son With Our 8 Week Old German Shepherd Dressed As Swat Members

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My 8 Week German Shepherd Has One Lazy Ear

My 8 Week German Shepherd Has One Lazy Ear

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Totally Invisible Rabbit. Right?!

Totally Invisible Rabbit. Right?!

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My Favorite Little German Shepherd

My Favorite Little German Shepherd

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Adorable German Shepherd Puppy At The Vet

Adorable German Shepherd Puppy At The Vet

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He's Getting Bigger

He's Getting Bigger

He's my first dog ever, not my wife's but he's amazing so far. He's 4 months old in the picture.

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Moments Before Attacking My Phone

Moments Before Attacking My Phone

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Cuteness Overload

Cuteness Overload

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