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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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

That's a rabbit, right?

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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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Ms.M.
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3 months ago

Are they hiring? I want to play, er, help.

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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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Bill
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3 months ago

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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ElusiveIntrovert
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3 months ago

70% bear 30% pupper

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#5

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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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Seriously, look at those ears! What a sweet girl.

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#6

Happy Paws

Happy Paws

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Valquerys
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3 months ago

#BunnyShepherds

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#7

My Puppy Gigi, Figured She Could Get Some Love Here

My Puppy Gigi, Figured She Could Get Some Love Here

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Weim Central
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3 months ago

She could get love anywhere!

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#8

Police Puppy

Police Puppy

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Sabed Hussain
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3 months ago

Kill them with cuteness...

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#9

The Cutest *mlem* You'll See All Day

The Cutest *mlem* You'll See All Day

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Hollysmom
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3 months ago

Tastes better when you put your whole face in

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#10

I Love This Happy Face

I Love This Happy Face

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Ms.M.
Community Member
3 months ago

Must tackle with cuddles immediately

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#11

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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GoodWolf
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3 months ago

Oh they are so beautiful, both of them! ❤

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#12

German Shepherd? I Think We Adopted A Kangaroo

German Shepherd? I Think We Adopted A Kangaroo

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Johanne Hodkinson
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3 months ago

Skippy?

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#13

Please See Instruction Manual Before Assembling German Shepherd Puppy

Please See Instruction Manual Before Assembling German Shepherd Puppy

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Olivier Caissy
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3 months ago

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

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#14

Well, He Figured Out That He Can Splash Water Everywhere

Well, He Figured Out That He Can Splash Water Everywhere

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Yeah, like I'm going to stop him. Look at that face!

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#15

This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At

This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At

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Alma Mater
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3 months ago

where is that shelter ??? i'm on my way !!!!

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#16

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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Ms.M.
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3 months ago

Is that a corn on the cob toy? I need to know.

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#17

Enjoying The Air Conditioner

Enjoying The Air Conditioner

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me
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3 months ago

Living his best life

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#18

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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Scagsy
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3 months ago

How can you resist those big eyes

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#19

My Shepherd Puppy In The 'Teepee' Ear Stage

My Shepherd Puppy In The 'Teepee' Ear Stage

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Caroline Kimber
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3 months ago (edited)

The Archbishop of Canterbury?

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#20

He Grew A Little

He Grew A Little

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Jane QPublique
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3 months ago

Dad holding me. Me holding Dad.

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#21

Adorable German Shepherd

Adorable German Shepherd

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3 months ago

B L E P

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#22

Cute Boi

Cute Boi

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Scagsy
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3 months ago

Gorgeous portrait

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#23

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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Sinkvenice
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3 months ago

By littermate, do you mean brother/sister?

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#24

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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pusheen buttercup
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3 months ago

This is the cutest picture!

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#25

Because Puppy

Because Puppy

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Caroline Kimber
Community Member
3 months ago

I thought at first he was a very smartly dressed good boy.

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#26

Ferocious

Ferocious

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Linda HS
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3 months ago

Baby shark teeefffsss

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#27

My 8 Week German Shepherd Has One Lazy Ear

My 8 Week German Shepherd Has One Lazy Ear

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John Laurens/Gay Turtle
Community Member
3 months ago

OML I CANTTT WHY ARE THEY SO CUUUUUUTTTEEEE

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#28

Totally Invisible Rabbit. Right?!

Totally Invisible Rabbit. Right?!

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Janine B.
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3 months ago

All I can see is grass.

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#29

Chasing Bubbles

Chasing Bubbles

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Hollysmom
Community Member
3 months ago

Great catch puppy and photographer

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#30

German Shepherd Branch Manager

German Shepherd Branch Manager

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

We'll stick together

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#31

A German Shepherd Puppy Or A Cub?

A German Shepherd Puppy Or A Cub?

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Ms.M.
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3 months ago

I'm not sure, but cuddles shall be given

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#32

My Favorite Little German Shepherd

My Favorite Little German Shepherd

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me
Community Member
3 months ago

Who's a good puppy, yes you are!

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#33

Baby German Shepherd For The Win

Baby German Shepherd For The Win

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Aileen
Community Member
3 months ago

Awww those eyes!

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#34

Play Date At The Park

Play Date At The Park

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Hollysmom
Community Member
3 months ago

That's my kind of baby

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#35

Belly Rubs, Pleaseee

Belly Rubs, Pleaseee

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Hollysmom
Community Member
3 months ago

I want to kiss and rub that tummy

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#36

Adorable German Shepherd Puppy At The Vet

Adorable German Shepherd Puppy At The Vet

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Two Silly Pups
Community Member
3 months ago

so fluffy! 😍 why are you doing this to me??

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#37

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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NanZ
Community Member
3 months ago

Four months? Oh boy, it's going to be a big one!!

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#38

Moments Before Attacking My Phone

Moments Before Attacking My Phone

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, those eyes! I'm in love!

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#39

My New Unhelpful Helper

My New Unhelpful Helper

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Hollysmom
Community Member
3 months ago

Smiles and love are very helpful

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#40

Cuteness Overload

Cuteness Overload

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

My heart is breaking at the sheer cuteness!

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