Famed for their involvement in police work, German Shepherds can come across as intimidating, even scary. With their strong features, deep-chested bodies, and powerful legs, a responsibly trained German Shepherd can do some damage to a fleeing criminal if commanded to do so, and with one of the most powerful bites around, it’s no wonder they’ve developed some negative stereotypes.
But what people who only focus on the breed’s negative reputation don’t know is that the German Shepherd is also a keenly intelligent working dog. Their strength and willingness to learn comes in handy on search and rescue missions, and according to the book The Intelligence of Dogs, the German Shepherd is the third-smartest breed.
One of our favorite German Shepherds is Dunder, whose time-lapse video brought a smile to thousands of faces as it went viral across the Internet. Dunder is totally adorable, but his cute videos also serve a purpose: They help break down breed-specific stereotypes.
So here are more German Shepherds acting like total goofballs. We think all dogs should be treated with respect as creatures capable of some wild tendencies, but we also think they shouldn’t be subjected to willfully ignorant prejudice or legislation.
“Who? Me? Scary? Naw.”
The tongue of happiness!
“MAN I LOVE THE SNOW!”
Now that’s a heroic pose.
“When are you going to get off the phone and plaaay with me?”
“How much longer do I have to wear this hat?”
“Seriously … how much longer do I have to wear this hat?”
“License and registration? Aw, naw, not for real — I’m just humping your leg.”
“Chew toys taste better in the throes of back-wriggling ecstasy.”
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