The Great German Shepherd
Without a question and any doubt, German Shepherd puppies are prized possessions!
They are strong, formidable furry family members and they are like none other. They've been praised across the globe for their presence and prestige. Below, we've highlight some of the most prestigious accomplishments of German Shepherd puppies.
Rin Tin Tin
We're pretty sure that you've probably heard or know of Rin Tin Tin. Rin Tin Tin was one of the German Shepherd puppies rescued from the World War I battlefield. The American soldier named Duncan Lee, trained Rin Tin Tin to work in silent films. Rin Tin Tin was such a huge star that Warner Brothers would create a Rin Tin Tin movie whenever the studio needed money!
This was a first for German Shepherd puppies or any breed for that matter, being rumored have been voted as best actor of the first Academy Awards, in 1929. He didn't win, however, and it was given to a human after all. He was later awarded the American Humane Association's first Legacy Award, in 2011. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
There were other famous German Shepherd puppies! Before there was Rin Tin Tin, there was Strong heart. He was a German Shepherd who was actually one of the first canine film stars. He was trained in Germany as a police dog and he worked for the German Red Cross. By the age of 3, he was brought to the United States.
Strongheart went on to star in tons of movies, including the 1925 adaption of White Fang. He was a beloved celebrity and he certainly paved the way for other German Shepherd puppies.
6 German Shepherds in One Play
During the mid-1980s, there was a play that was written by a Dutch director named Whim Schipper. They received acting lessons in Amsterdam, as they were highly motivated by treats! The name of the play was called Going to the Dogs. It was about a daughter who brought home a new boyfriend, their love, and jealousy and the consequential parental concerns. The play didn't do so well, however!
German Shepherds Helped in WWI
Flax of Lewanno was honored at Westminster, in 1917, for bringing in 54 wounded soldiers to safety in WWI. WWI helped to increase the popularity of German Shepherd puppies in the United States, too. American Soldiers took notice of how they were capable, that they decided to bring some back home with them.