Choosing between one of these dogs is not easy. The german shepherd and the Labrador Retriever are hard to mix up. They are well known breeds with different appearances and personalities.
I won’t spend a lot of time on the histories because well, they are completely unrelated. but the histories are not unrelated on how these dogs perform as family pets, so I’ll share a brief history of each breed. The Labrador Retriever was originally bred in Newfoundland in the 16th century to help fishermen they jumped into icy water to bring back fish to the following all fishing hubs, they would also pull in fish field nets. The breed was perfect for these jobs because their coat repels water, and their web Paul’s made them excellent swimmers. Of course, like most honey dogs, they work closely with the fishermen and became companions as well as workers.
The modern German Shepherd descends from the work of ex cavalrymen and former veterinary student Max von Stephanie’s, who believed that dogs in the more industrialized Germany should be bred as working dogs. He recognized the characteristics of Germany’s herding dogs, but couldn’t locate a dog that met all the requirements for a modern working breed. Thus he founded the Society for the German Shepherd dogs with a dog who discovered at a dog show.
As we can see, both breeds were bred to work closely with their human companions, but to perform different tasks. Both breeds haven’t been found roles in the more modernized world, the Labrador Retriever as a service dog, helping the blind and others with disabilities and the German Shepherd Dog taking a role in police and military work. After mostly being replaced in service dog work by golden and Labrador Retrievers.
There’s little chance you’ll ever confuse these dogs with one another. They’re both distinctively different dogs. The Labrador Retriever is a strong, well balanced dog stands between 21.5 and 24.5 inches tall to shoulder. It weighs between 55 and 80 pounds. Its dense rigid coat comes in a variety of colors including yellow black and a decadent chocolate. The head is broad The eyes are kind, and the thick tapering Otter Tail seems to express the breeds intrusive desire to play.
The German Shepherd has wolf-like characteristics. It has a double coat consisting of a thick undercoat and a dense, somewhat wavy or straight outside coat. The hair is generally tan and black in color, medium in length, and sheds all year round. All black or white liver and blue are two more uncommon color variants. The body length of a German Shepherd is around 22 to 26 inches. His height is proportional . It provides the dog with strength, agility, suppleness, and very graceful strides. The German Shepherd is a medium-sized dog that weighs around 49 and 88 pounds.
Who’s got the better personality? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for in a dog companion.
Both are intelligent dogs who’ve used or cunning to get to the top of the working dog world. However, use your intelligence in different ways. The German Shepherd is fiercely protective of his family and home, while remaining wary and distant among outsiders. It could be dominating and assertive towards dogs. Though it is normally friendly other pets in the home.The German Shepherd is a highly adaptable dog who demonstrates a high intellect brain while patiently executing his tasks. However, the German Shepherds intelligence comes with no small amount of stubbornness, they’re quick to bark and are our top of the class guard dogs. They also are a bit of a Velcro dog, you’re not going to have much alone time with a German Shepherd in your home.
The Labrador Retriever is even tempered, intelligent and affectionate. Clouds are playful yet gentle with children, and they tend to get along well with other pets and even strangers, which may give the lab a bit of an advantage if you’re a social person. These dogs are eager to please which explains why they respond so well to a
obedience training and are such popular service dogs. They also like to work whether involves hunting or fetching slippers.
Both dogs are intelligent and highly trainable, but once again they are completely different dogs. As I mentioned earlier, the Labrador Retriever is eager to please and is a very fast learner. Even an owner with no knowledge of how to train a dog, can train them.
Just remember to reward them with lots of praise, treats and kisses when they run in command, the lab excels at obedience tracking guide and assistance in search and rescue.
The German Shepherd is considered more intelligent than the labrador, at least according to Dr. Stanley Coren. But despite being able to learn a myriad of complex commands, it is not as user friendly as the labrador when it comes to training. Firmness, fairness, and respect are all important and effective aspects for the training of German Shepherd. With consistency and adequate rewards. The German Shepherd can be stubborn and also will find loopholes and relax rules. You may also find that toys tend to be a better reward for the German Shepherd than treats. Overall, both breeds and excel at any task they are given, however, the labrador is a bit easier for the novice dog trainer.
Both breeds need to be active. After all, neither was bred to be a couch potato, far from it. Labrador Retrievers are hunting dogs at heart, so they love a good game of fetch or a vigorous swim. In fact, you might wonder if your labrador is part duck. The exercises provided daily labs can adapt to any type of home even if it is a city apartment. Overall, their exercise needs are pretty moderate for an active dog.
When it comes to energy and intensity, the German Shepherd cranks everything to 10 a German Shepherd who’s under exercise and ignored by their family is likely to express pentnup energy in ways you’re not going to like. His energy intensity eagerness to play and somewhat strong prey drive, make the German Shepherd less adaptable to city living than the labrador. The German Shepherd dog needs exercise and lots of it daily. But if those needs can be met, a German Shepherd can live in apartment or be at an apartment covered in dog hair.
Both breeds live about 9 to 13 years about average for larger dog breeds. Due to indiscriminate breeding special care must be taken with both breeds to choose a good breeder as both can and do suffer from a variety of genetic illnesses.