German Shepherd


The German Shepherd Dog (GSD), also know as the Alsatian or Schäferhund, is a strong, obedient, and intelligent dog. The VKC® German Shepherd can be found in white or in the more traditional black and tan coloring.


  • Basic Positions: stand, sit, down, bang, beg, bellyup, shake, rest
  • Basic Activities: come, getbone, howl, itch, roll, rove, sniff, speak, wag, wander
  • Other Activities: go, run, on, greet, get (These require you to name a destination or an object; for example, "Fido go Sandry" or "Fido run redball" or "Fido greet Bichon")
  • Owner-only commands: heel, follow (Follow also requires you to name a destination)
  • Special command: fetch (Requires a redball toy, free at VKC Dog Parks)

These instincts are not described in any detail because it will be much more fun for you and your dog to try them out together.

Special Poses

When petting the German Shepherd, the avatar kneels in front, facing the dog, holds her head and murmurs a few sweet nothings. As the avatar stands, as though to leave, the dog playfully bows to her and invites more play.

The following poses add liveliness and charm to tricks you teach your dog. They must be used with the command pose. For example, to get the dog bow down in the play pose, you would say, "Rex pose play."

  • pee (dog holds up hind leg)
  • play (dog lowers his front end while keeping his hind end up with his tail held high)

Color Options

While you cannot use the color or tint commands with this breed, the German Shepherd comes in two varieties: the white, and the tan/black.

Prim Count - 12

Land Impact - 15

Release Date

June 2008 — Tan/black, Retired: September 2015

February 2010 — White, Retired: April 2013

Although the White German Shepherd Dogs are in retirement, they still receive the full support of the VKC. They can be updated and claimed at the Dog Clinics and the VKC Proven Trainers will continue to help you with these breeds, just like always.

The German Shepherd has been replaced by German Shepherd Plus. You can Regenerate your original German Shepherd to German Shepherd Plus for a small fee, at the Regeneration Station in the Dog Parks.

There is no replacement dog for the White German Shepherd at the moment.