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!
This assumes 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, German Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds without doubt.
Dog Population Growth
As dog population grows so quickly, and then often ends up with unsuitably prepared carers, we heavily support Dog Rescue Centers that too aim to give rescue dogs to suitably prepared dog owners. I see MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG as the ongoing helping hand after dog adoption. Shelters cannot provide this service and competence.
Why is the GSD so popular?
If you are a passing visitor here and are wondering "Why is the German Shepherd so popular, globally!?" then you better subscribe to the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL now to find out about all the wonderful traits of the GSD or Alsatian (and the few not so wonderful traits, but these are very few indeed).
So let's keep this a secret here, and see you in a minute.
Who is Tim Carter?
That's my "famous" pen name, but I don't seek fame, so you'll rarely see me. Where others care about their persona, I only care about quality insight. Rather typical for an academic researcher.
I know the GSD or Alsatian "inside out": my core interest is dog health, naturally. Being fluent in German I could read the original german German Shepherd literature from the breed "founder" Max v. Stephanitz and others, and so my GSD competence is rather unmatched.
I fell in love with this dog breed, and you will too. But you and your dog need the right help and guidance to be healthy and happy together forever.
Is a GSD Safe?
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 dog is a great dog, it's just that most owners rightfully need a helping hand every now and then.
An unbiased and 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, and behave like that.
Our goal: To reach out to 1 million German Shepherd owners and handlers before 2015 (EDIT: We managed that, yes). 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 dog happy, the owner happy, and third parties too. Because a German Shepherd raised with love, competence, and care is a SAFE German Shepherd too.
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