Captain Max von Stephanitz Founds a New Breed
In 1889 Captain Max von Stephanitz began the standardization of the German Shepherd breed. It all started at a dog show in Karlsruhe Germany. A medium-sized yellow-and-gray wolflike dog caught his attention. The dog was of the primal canine type, supple and powerful, and possessed endurance, steadiness, and intelligence. He was a working sheepherder, requiring no training other than direction and finish to become proficient at the task. The dog, Hektor Linksrhein was purchased by von Stephanitz and then renamed Horand von Grafrath
, which became the first registered German Shepherd Dog.