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It is GSD instead of GS? The Labrador is not LD, the Chihuahua is not CD. So why/how did the German Shepherd become the German Shepherd Dog???
 

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Because back in the foundation days, there were many people in Germany still making a living at raising sheep. So German Shepherds were in existence and common. So Dog was added to the breed name to differentiate between human german shepherds and canine german shepherds.

(Okay, I just made that up! :p )
 

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Because back in the foundation days, there were many people in Germany still making a living at raising sheep. So German Shepherds were in existence and common. So Dog was added to the breed name to differentiate between human german shepherds and canine german shepherds.

(Okay, I just made that up! :p )

Made up or not it sounds pretty legit. :p
 

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Because back in the foundation days, there were many people in Germany still making a living at raising sheep. So German Shepherds were in existence and common. So Dog was added to the breed name to differentiate between human german shepherds and canine german shepherds.

(Okay, I just made that up! :p )
I'm buying it.
 

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From Wiki : "The breed was named Deutscher Schäferhund by Von Stephanitz, literally translating to "German Shepherd Dog". The breed was so named due to its original purpose of assisting shepherds in herding and protecting sheep."

Link: German Shepherd Dog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The direct translation of the name was adopted for use in the official breed registry..."

So I am guessing they just never dropped "dog".

Although CastleMaid's answer is better :)
 

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It is German Shepherd Dog (GSD), and not German Shepherd because it is the literal translation of the breed: Deutscher Schäferhund.
 
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