German Shepherds are loyal and renowned to be confident, fearless, and suspicious and alert of potential dangers. Careful breeding made them ready and willing to seize the bad guys, whether wolves in the flock or enemy troops. They’re eager to do whatever duty appointed. There are working and companion or ‘show’ bloodlines that influence the intensity of an individual dog.
When they’re off duty, German Shepherds are gentle and generally not high-strung. They are relaxed, calm, and even-tempered, neither overly excitable nor lethargic. But German Shepherds, like other dogs with herding instincts, tend to be on the nippy side, and unfortunately this breed tops the list of frequent biters. This is a tendency that needs to be mediated and carefully monitored.