DDR Or East German Shepherds

Where did they originate?
East Germany was once known as Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR. The East German Communist Party took control of the breeding and registration of the German Shepherd pedigree and made the German Shepherd part of its military. In 1989 we saw the fall of the Berlin wall and the German borders opened, and the use of the DDR dogs to patrol the wall, was not necessary any longer

The popularity of DDR German Shepherds, also known as Deutsches Demokratische Republik German Shepherds, has been growing for many years now. During both World Wars, German Shepherds were sought after to work side by side with the military due to their loyalty, intelligence and working ability. Before the Cold War began Germany worked as one nation, but during the Cold War the borders were closed by the Soviet Union and Germany’s two nations East Germany and West Germany was formed. East Germany is also known at Deutsche Demokratische Republik.



In 1989 the German borders opened, and the use of the DDR dogs was not necessary any longer. Just months after the border opened about 50,000 guards were dismissed from duty, and the DDR dogs were either abandoned, put down or sold to others that would use them for similar purposes.
When the East German Communist Party took control of the breeding and registration of the German Shepherd pedigree and made the German Shepherd part of its military, they were specifically bred to have strong, large heads and to have incredible athleticism and power. If any of the German Shepherds showed signs of a weak temperament, hip dysplasia or any other disease they were not used for breeding. That is why the DDR is such a unique German Shepherd. Because of selective breeding, these traits still remain.


The DDR dogs were trained to out-perform the West German Shepherd dogs by scaling straight six-foot walls, endure long patrols in harsh weather conditions and much more. The DDR’s worked as Border Police and guarded the East German border that was 850 miles long, in addition to the Berlin Wall. Their main duty was to track and attack deserters .


Are DDR German Shepherds Good with Children?

Yes. If they are socialized from a young age to be around children, they are great. Since the DDR dogs have a balanced temperament and are extremely loyal to their family, they will protect your child as well as be a fun playmate. After a while, you will almost feel like your DDR German Shepherd is a babysitter for your children.


Will a DDR German Shepherd Protect a Family?

DDR dogs are very loyal to their dog owner and family. They consider themselves being part of your pack and they will use their natural protective instincts to guard your family, your home, and yard from harm. Although you should always take precautions of your own to keep your home and family safe, your DDR German Shepherd will happily stand up and guard.