Old German Shepherd Dog

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Old German Shepherd Dog
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Old German Shepherd Dog (Long-haired German Shepherd)- Male
Other namesLangstockhaariger Deutscher Schäferhund; Long-haired German Shepherd; Altdeutscher Schäferhund
Variety statusNot recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

Old German Shepherd Dog (German: Altdeutscher Schäferhund) is a controversial name for the long-haired variation of the German Shepherd Dog (German: Langstockhaariger Deutscher Schäferhund), which is not a separate breed recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Nonetheless, there are efforts to establish this variety as a separate breed.


Under the Society for the German Shepherd Dog the long-haired variation of the German Shepherd was not accepted for a long time. This changed in 2009.[1] In 2010, the long-haired variation was again accepted.[2] Before that, breeders of the long-haired variation of the German Shepherd had founded their own Kennel Clubs and had called the long-haired hair variation the "Old German Shepherd".

Some old German landraces of cattle dogs are also called Altdeutscher Schäferhund (Old German Shepherd Dog). To avoid confusion, all of these races are now summarized under the generic term Altdeutsche Hütehunde (Old German herding dogs).


An Old German Shepherd Dog (Long-haired German Shepherd) with a predominantly black coat.
Two Old German Shepherd Dogs enjoying nature.

Most of them appear similar to the long-haired variation of the modern German Shepherd, although with slightly different colouring patterns. The coat may be any length and can be shaggy, smooth or wiry. The colours may be black, brown, grey or tan. They are generally the same height as a typical German Shepherd: 55 and 65 centimetres (22 and 26 in) at the withers. They weigh between 22 and 40 kilograms (49 and 88 lb) but can be larger.[3]

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  1. ^ Die wichtigsten Beschlüsse der Bundesversammlung vom 6.-7. Juni in Kassel. In: SV-Zeitung. Juli 2009. S. 437–438.
  2. ^ FCI-Standard N°166 - German Shepherd Dog (doc) "Double coat & long and harsher outer coat"
  3. ^ Willis, Malcolm; Bennett, Janet (1992). The German Shepherd Dog: A Genetic History. Maxwell Macmillan International. ISBN 0-87605-175-1.

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