It was as though Freya the German shepherd knew that someone was lurking outside the rear of the property. So, when the back door was opened, she bounded out to see who it was. And despite the man’s attempt to lean up against the brickwork and evade her attentions, Freya wasn’t fooled. When she saw him she didn’t even have to think twice about what to do, and she dashed directly at the overwhelmed visitor.
As you might guess by the name, German shepherds were initially bred to herd sheep. So it goes without saying that the doggos have a reasonable amount of smarts. In fact, according to Stanley Coren’s 1994 book, The Intelligence of Dogs, they are the third brightest breed in the world. The canine psychology professor at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia knows what he’s talking about when it comes to kennel cleverness. And it is precisely because German shepherds are so savvy that they are able to serve mankind so well.