Intelligent, working dog, loyal, guard dog… MEET THE GERMAN SHEPHERD! The German Shepherd is hailed as the world’s leading police, guard and military dog, but there is so much more to this outstanding dog. Originating in 1899 in Germany, the breed first gained international recognition at the decline of World War I. Later, the fame associated with Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart shot the popularity of the German Shepherd sky-high. A loving family companion, herder and show competitor, the German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds in the world.