The German Shepherd is a young breed.
fact, many famous dogs are GSDs. The breed's storied history goes back
just over 100 years.
But during that time, several famous dogs in
have made names for themselves.
The German Shepherd Dog
The stately German Shepherd
Protective, bold and smart,
Looked into my eyes one day
And quickly stole my heart.
Courageous and endearing,
A favorite of its breed,
So proud and yet so loving,
A steadfast friend indeed.
Faithful to the core-
If you have a Shepherd's love,
You cannot want for more.
Admired by people from all walks of life,
famous dogs in
the German Shepherd line include:
Bullet was a German Shepherd dog owned by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. He was a family pet that also starred as himself in the "Roy Rogers Show." Bullet, along with a golden palomino named Trigger, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show.
The loyal dog was always getting Roy out of sticky situations. The show actually started on the radio, before moving to TV where it ran from 1951-1957.
Champ is Vice President Joe Biden's dog. The VP has been owned by several German Shepherds in the past and will be accompanied
by the pup, named by his grandchildren, in the Vice Presidential Mansion.
Chips the dog
was a German Shepherd / Collie / Husky / mix and the most decorated dog
from WWII. Injured while saving the lives of soldiers, he was awarded
the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his courageous and heroic actions.
Clipper was former US
Kennedy's dog. The
German Shepherd was a strong protector of Jackie. When asked by the
press what Clipper liked to eat, she replied, "Reporters."
Major was Franklin D.
dog. This famous
German Shepherd actually ripped the pants off of Ramsay MacDonald, the
British Prime Minister. Ironically, this occurred just as Britain was
preparing to go to war with Germany.
was a full breed German Shepherd turned over to US Special Forces by
Kurdish soldiers in Iraq. The scrawny dog had been abused by the Iraqi
military but became a well trained sentry dog, protecting US soldiers
in Operation Iraqi Freedom. With the help of Vietnam war dog
Fluffy was able to enjoy his well deserved retirement in the United
Nubs the Mutt,
a wild stray found in Iraq along the Syrian border bonded with Marine
Brian Dennis. The dog suffered a serious injury and Dennis
him back to health. Dennis was relocated, but Nubs was so taken with
his Marine that he trekked 70 miles through the desert to find his best
Tin Tin and descendants have delighted and
worldwide audiences for over 80 years. Rin Tin Tin is still one of the
most famous dogs and recognized names in German Shepherd Dog history.
The Rinty line is the oldest continuous bloodline in the history of the
A recent movie called Finding Rin Tin Tin does not include dogs from the original Rinty line. Loosely based on the story of Rin Tin Tin, it has caused a bit of controversy with the owner of the Rin Tin Tin trademark.
Though not as well known, Strongheart
actually paved the way for other famous dogs such as Rin Tin Tin. He was the
first GSD to appear in motion picture movies. A former k9 police dog, he
was an excellent judge of character. He and his descendants also captured the hearts of many viewers.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Strongheart dog
food (although not the best dog nutrition) is still made to this day.
Other famous dogs of the German Shepherd
breed owned by celebrities include:
Angel - Actor Chuck Norris
Atticus - Actor Jake Gyllenhaal
Happy - Fitness Guru Jack Lelanne
Ork - Singer/Songwriter Amy Grant
Orso - U.S. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Prince - Actor Rudolph Valentino
Tim - Singer/Songwriter Shania Twain
Famous Dogs - Unsung German Shepherd Heroes
While many are not considered famous, dogs
such as the
amazing German Shepherds mentioned below have performed heroic and
And I am sure if you were to ask those
would absolutely refer to them as famous dogs.
Famous Dogs - GSD's
Brit won several awards such as:
Apprehension Citation in 1997 from
the Saddle River P.B.A.
Unit Citation in 1995 by the Waldwick
Certificate of Recognition in 1994 by the
and Waldwick P.B.A. for burglar apprehension
Award in 1998 by the Allendale and Waldwick P.B.A.
Services Award by the Ho-Ho-Kus P.B.A.
On October 6, 1997, Brit died
and was given a full police funeral. On October 21, 1998, Sgt. Litchult
received a posthumous K-9 Service Award for K-9 Brit from the American
Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Miami, Florida.
New Jersey Task Force One
2001 - New York, New York. The team received an award for their search
and rescue efforts during the WTC disaster. These famous dogs
searched through burned debris, ignoring burnt paws, cuts and other
obstacles to look for survivors and victims. For their unselfish and
courageous efforts, the team earned induction into the Animal Hall of
This team of famous dogs consists of "Ana" Atlas; "Senta" Bacalaglu; "Claire" & "Blitz" Clemmo; "Chewbacca" Holmes; "Mikey" & "Osa" LoPresti; "Nutmeg" & "Sarge" Pittore; "Argus" Rolando; "Quest" Sullivan; "Piper" Whynman Owners -- Sarah Atlas; Dan Bacalaglu; Lorrie Clemmo; Alice Holmes; Laura LoPResti; Spring & Pat Pittore; Bob Rolando; Penny Sullivan; Sonny Whynman
1996 - After following a robbery suspect across a frozen river, the ice
gave way and Deputy Stanley Wontor fell under the ice. He yelled "pull"
(a command his police dog had not been trained to use) and Thunder
pulled him to safety from the icy depth.
1995 - Oklahoma City, OK; Kobe, Japan; Edison, NJ; Panama City, FL -
Recognized for his work as a rescue dog in the bombing, earthquake,
explosion, and Hurricane Opal.
1995 - Brooklyn, Newfoundland. Nine month old Bruno saved the life of
an 11 year old child. Donnie Skiffington was thrown from his bicycle
and fell into ditch, where he laid unconscious and bleeding severely.
Bruno licked Donnie's face until he regained consciousness. And began
to pull him by the shirt collar towards home.
1994 - Vienna, Ontario. Six year old Nellie traveled 3 km to get help
for Ken Emerson, a 78 year old Ken Emerson, who was injured with a
crushed pelvis after his tractor overturned. When Nellie arrived at
home, Mrs. Emerson saw a strip of her husband's shirt wrapped around
Nellie's collar and immediately knew he needed help.
1994 - Mississauga, Ontario. 8 year old Sam saved owner, Phyllis
McLeod, from drowning when she fell through a frozen river. While
fighting the swift current, she grabbed Sam's collar until she was
pulled far enough out of the water to scramble to safety.
1992 - Mirror, Alberta. 3 year old Hustler saved the life of his owner,
Debbie Inions. After a fall from her horse left her injured and unable
to move, Hustler repeatedly fought against vicious attacks by two
preying coyotes for 9 hours until they were discovered.
1992 - Sudbury, Ontario. 10 year old Tracker, owned by Sergeant Larry
Bigley, was the inspiration behind the Service Dog of the Year Award.
Over the seven years that Tracker served in the Sudbury District, he
was involved in approximately 500 searches for missing persons,
criminals, drugs and security details.
1989 - Montréal, Quebec. 4 year old Dick, a police tracking dog owned
by the Suretdu Quebec, was honoured for his bravery during a 14-hour
manhunt through the woods. He was wounded by a shot intended for his
handler. This left him permanently blind in one eye and deaf in one
1985 - Ancaster, Ontario. Wolfey aroused his owners, Dr. and Mrs. John
Holbrook, and alerted them to a fire that had started in their all-wood
1983 - Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Maude, a German Shepherd, owned by
Deborah Johnston and Bernard Chisholm, saved a three-year-old girl from
drowning in the frigid waters of Pictou Harbour. Gripping the child's
overalls in her teeth, Maude pulled the child out of the deep water.
1981 - Kitchener, Ontario. Police dog Lance tracked a missing woman in
a swampy conservation area for 3 hours, leading her painstakingly
through the dark woods to safety.
1980 - Ottawa, Ontario. Daisy saved her owner's 3 year old son, David,
after he wandered into a busy intersection. Daisy pulled the child to
safety, while two motorists watching the dog and child in the
1976 - Revelstoke, British Columbia. Mr. Baggins who had no tracking
experience, located a 6 year old boy. He had been missing for hours
after being buried under a snowbank.
1973 - Brantford, Ontario. 4 year old Timmy protected his owner, Anne
Nemes, from being robbed at gunpoint by two men. As the men confronted
her, Timmy leapt at them and gripped one of the men's arms. A shot was
fired, the men fled and Mrs. Nemes and Timmy continued their walk home.
1971 - Paris, Ontario. Repeatedly threw himself against the door
leading to the Misic and Zegarac families' living quarters. This awoke
the two families during the night as fire engulfed their gas station
and living quarters above.
1970 - Ontario. Following years of distinguished service as a KP, he
tracked a lost hunter for 20 hours across freezing swamps and an
ice-covered lake. After finding the man, he required medical attention
and was commended with saving the hunter's life.
After graduating from the Seeing Eye Program, Orient was placed with
Bill Irwin. Orient led Irwin on an incredible journey throughout the
complete length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. This timeless story of courage, faith, and a triumphant spirit portrays the first "blind" person to finish the Appalachian Trail.
inspiring book, Blind Courage, profiles
Orient's faithful and unconditional
assistance for over nine years.
These are just a few famous dogs that happen
German Shepherds. GSDs perform life-saving work everyday, so the
is ever growing.
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