The German Shepherd is truly one of the finest breeds of dogs. Its physique and bone structure is noble and its intelligence, loyalty and obedience, remarkable. It is no wonder that it is one of the most favorite pets in the world and has garnered even more popularity by being the dog of choice for search and rescues, and as military and police dogs. German Shepherds are also used as guide dogs for children and the blind. This outstanding breed has had a long history. Its original standards have been maintained up to this day but of course, it has also been developed. There have been a lot of variances however throughout the ages especially in color and appearance. For purists or enthusiasts, the Shepherd of choice is imported from its homeland in Germany where the original standards for German Shepherds are maintained.