German Shepherd Palooza


General Information

Doggos At Work


American Kennel Club




American Kennel Club

The information below is from the American Kennel Club website. The mission statement, objectives, and core values explain their approach to ensuring the best version of each and every breed. The standards cover the physical aspects of a "proper" German shepherd.


Mission Statement

"The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC® and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership."


"Advance the study, breeding, exhibiting, running and maintenance of purebred dogs."

Core values

  • "We love purebred dogs.
  • We are committed to advancing the sport of the purebred dog.
  • We are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of our Registry.
  • We protect the health and well-being of all dogs.
  • We cherish dogs as companions.
  • We are committed to the interests of dog owners.
  • We uphold high standards for the administration and operation of the AKC.
  • We recognize the critical importance of our clubs and volunteers."

German shepherd AKC standards

AKC Sketch


"The head is noble, cleanly chiseled, strong without coarseness, but above all not fine, and in proportion to the body. The head of the male is distinctly masculine, and that of the bitch distinctly feminine. The expression keen, intelligent and composed. Eyes of medium size, almond shaped, set a little obliquely and not protruding. The color is as dark as possible. Ears are moderately pointed, in proportion to the skull, open toward the front, and carried erect when at attention, the ideal carriage being one in which the center lines of the ears, viewed from the front, are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground."


"The neck is strong and muscular, clean-cut and relatively long, proportionate in size to the head and without loose folds of skin. When the dog is at attention or excited, the head is raised and the neck carried high; otherwise typical carriage of the head is forward rather than up and but little higher than the top of the shoulders, particularly in motion. Topline- The withers are higher than and sloping into the level back. The back is straight, very strongly developed without sag or roach, and relatively short. The whole structure of the body gives an impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness."


"The shoulder blades are long and obliquely angled, laid on flat and not placed forward. The upper arm joins the shoulder blade at about a right angle. Both the upper arm and the shoulder blade are well muscled. The forelegs, viewed from all sides, are straight and the bone oval rather than round." 


"The ideal dog has a double coat of medium length. The outer coat should be as dense as possible, hair straight, harsh and lying close to the body. A slightly wavy outer coat, often of wiry texture, is permissible. The head, including the inner ear and foreface, and the legs and paws are covered with short hair, and the neck with longer and thicker hair. The rear of the forelegs and hind legs has somewhat longer hair extending to the pastern and hock, respectively." 


"The whole assembly of the thigh, viewed from the side, is broad, with both upper and lower thigh well muscled, forming as nearly as possible a right angle. The upper thigh bone parallels the shoulder blade while the lower thigh bone parallels the upper arm. The metatarsus (the unit between the hock joint and the foot) is short, strong and tightly articulated."

Other things Rashelle O'Bama knows

Male German shepherds usually are about 60-65cm in length and 66-90lbs. Females are usually 55-60cm in length and 48-75lbs. They mainly move by trotting.

If you breed a German shepherd too pure, certain diseases may occur.

  • Hip and Elbow dysplasia-Abnormality in the hips or elbows
  • Bloat-Stomach balloons like a pufferfish
  • Spondylosis Deformans-deformity of the spine
  • Lupis-immune system going insane and attacking the body
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency-Pancreas stops sending enzymes
  • Degenerative Myelopathy-tosses myelin sheaths along the spinal cord aside, causing discoordination and paralysis


Rachel O'Brien (a.k.a. Rashelle O'Bama)
German Shepherd Palooza Genius Hour Project
March 31, 2017
Mr. Strawcowski, 3rd Hour, Honors Social Studies