Let's start with the USA - only because the statistics are more readily available.
How many German Shepherd dogs are there in the USA?
In the USA alone there are about 78.2 million dogs, and about 4.6% of all AKC registered dogs are German Shepherds. This gives over 3.5 million German Shepherd dogs in the USA alone! - Assuming, for simplification, that the proportion of German Shepherd dogs to total dog population of the AKC-registered dogs roughly is the same for the UNregistered dogs - which probably is a fair assumption for the USA.
How many German Shepherd dogs are there in the world?
Taking the figures for the USA as a basis and considering the breed registrations in other nations, it wouldn't surprise us if there are way more than 10 million German Shepherd dogs globally!
Various independent sources suggest that GSDs are the most popular breed in the world. At the moment we can't undertake more research to investigate this claim, but we like to believe it anyway.
So be it! Regardless how many GSDs there are in the world exactly, they are the most popular breed.
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I fell in love with this dog breed, and you will too. But you and your GSD need the right help and guidance to be happy together forever. Even if you don't yet have a dog, you may have noticed worrying news in the media, about dogs in general and sometimes about GSDs in particular. However, every German Shepherd is a great dog, it's just that most owners rightfully need a helping hand every now and then. An unbiased but knowledgeable third party view.
Also, it's of course much nicer to share the joys as well as the worries. Having a GSD is a privilege, and if you already have one, you can be and should be very proud indeed.
Our goal: To reach out to 1 million German Shepherd owners and handlers before 2015. Because we know that German Shepherd owners and handlers who are familiar with the content here on MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG including the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL will share our philosophy:
This makes the German Shepherd happy, the owner happy, and everyone else too, because a German Shepherd trained with love and care is a safe German Shepherd too.