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hey guys, I'm relatively new to the forums and was just wondering what "GSD" stands for as I see the term thrown around a lot on here. thanks :)

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German Shepherd Dog (dog is part of the breed name based on the german name for the breed)
 

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German Shepherd Dog.

Just an acronym for the breed we all love! :D
 

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... and if anyone asks you why put the D for dog and not just call it a german shepherd is because a duetsche schafer without adding dog or hund in german to the name means this dude.

 

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... and if anyone asks you why put the D for dog and not just call it a german shepherd is because a duetsche schafer without adding dog or hund in german to the name means this dude.

Deutche schafer means Oompa-loompa in German....see, that's what I love about this forum...I learn something new everyday.

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Aw now, we are just breaking aw in for the "naming conventions" and the vom, von, z, van der, zet, you know all THAT stuff.

aw, you did know you have to be fluent in German now (or at least like me, cut and paste as good as the next person)

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Thanks for the help guys, this has cleared up my confusion!

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In that case...... they are also known in some European countries as "Alsatian" (from the Alsace-Lorraine area). This I have read was due to post WWII when people wanted to disassociate anything that had "German" in the name.

Just a little info I came across not to long ago.
 

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In that case...... they are also known in some European countries as "Alsatian" (from the Alsace-Lorraine area). This I have read was due to post WWII when people wanted to disassociate anything that had "German" in the name.

Just a little info I came across not to long ago.
It was actually after WWI and before WWII, that the Brittish chose to rename them the Alsation Wolf-dog and the wolf-dog was later dropped. It took 50 years for the Brits to change the name back to German Shepherd Dog, putting Alsatian in parenthesis, and another 33 years to drop the Alsatian completely according to the oracle of all knowledge, German Shepherd - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I thought it was prior to WWII. I heard that all things German prior to WWII were hated, and sometimes German dogs were stoned in the streets in the US. The dogs only came to the US after WWI.

It makes sense that by 1927 anti-German sentiment would be at the height, rather than after the war.

A year or so ago, I saw what looked like a king shepherd in class and I asked the owner, and she said it was an Alsatian. I didn't want to argue with her, but it wasn't a GSD, no chance. I got on here and was informed that there is indeed and American Alsatian. How confusing.
 
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