The German Shepherd was derived from the old breeds of herding and farm dogs, and promoted by the Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde, the original club of the breed founded in 1899 in Germany. The popularity of the Shepherd spread rapidly from about 1914 and in the United States interest is fostered by the German Shepherd Dog Club of America. The Shepherd is distinguished for loyalty, courage, and trainability for a number of special services. As a working police dog the Shepherd must have all of these qualities plus be able to make use of his excellent nose. As a leader of the blind, he must show a high degree of intelligence, patience, faithful watchfulness and even a degree of good judgment. The German Shepherd is not a brawler, but can be a bold and punishing fighter if need be. The Shepherd does not give affection lightly and is known as a “one-man” dog for its tendency to display loyalty and friendship, especially to its owner. Once his friendship is given, it is given for life. The German Shepherd is one of the most popular and recognizable breeds in America. He is a great companion, protector and loyal friend.