Temperament of the German Shepherd Dog according to AKC.........
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Temperment: The breed has a distinctive personality marked by direct and fearless, but not hostile, expression, self confidence and certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendship. The dog must be approachable, quietly standing it's ground and showing confidence and willingness to meet overtures without itself making them. It is poised, but when the
occassion demands, eager & alert; both fit and willing to serve in it's capacity as companion, watchdog, blind leader, herding dog or quardian, whichever circumstances may demand. The dog must not be timid, shrinking behind it's master or handler: it should not be nervous, looking about or upward with anxious expression or showing nervous reactions, such as tucking of tail, to strange sounds or sights. Lack of confidence under any surroundings is not typical of good character. Any of the above deficiencies which indicates shyness must be penalized as a very serious fault. The ideal dog is a working animal with an incorrigible character with body and gait suitable for the arduous work that constitutes it's primary purpose.