When Rittmeister Von Stephanitz chose the base dogs for the German Shepherd from local herding dogs, he had the medium-sized working dog in sight, which is suitable for many fields of application. Intelligence, obedience, train ability and willingness to cooperate are fundamentals for working on the herd. In addition, the natural vigilance, coupled with a pronounced protective instinct, has been a good basis for his vision. The standard of the German Shepherd Dog was formulated and written down, practically as a breeding goal or guideline in respect to ideal working dogs.
The size is explicitly mentioned there: bitches of 55-60 cm, males of 60-65 cm. In this range of variation, it should be possible to master all fields of application in an optimal manner. The bitches are about 8% smaller than the males, which is the same in almost all canine breeds.In order to contribute to to the breed we carefully select the dogs we breed.