Police: California man said killing family was 'his destiny'

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) --A California man called 911 to tell police he had killed his parents and young sons after stabbing them and the family's German shepherd, police said.
Frances Burns
Cops shoot dogs in front of owners in separate incidents

Cops shoot dogs in front of owners in separate incidents

HOMETOWN, Ill., July 28 (UPI) --One dog is dead and another in a veterinary care after both house pets were shot by police officers in front of their owners, in separate weekend incidents.
Matt Bradwell
Excited puppy puts pedal to the metal and drives car into pond in Massachusetts

Excited puppy puts pedal to the metal and drives car into pond in Massachusetts

CANTON, Mass., June 2 (UPI) --An excited German shepherd pup named Rosie accidentally hit the gas pedal and drove her owner's car into Byolivar Pond in Canton, Mass.
Evan Bleier

School closed due to damage from deer, dogs

LOTHIAN, Md., March 13 (UPI) -- A Maryland school was closed for a day after three deer were chased into the building and attacked by a pair of dogs before school hours.
Maryland school closed after dogs attack deer inside building

Maryland school closed after dogs attack deer inside building

March 11 (UPI) -- Southern Middle School in Lothian, Md. closed on Tuesday after security footage showed 2 dogs attacking 3 deer inside the building.
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Philadelphia police dog gets more than 1,200 Twitter followers

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia police officer said he doesn't mind that his partner has hundreds more Twitter followers than he does, despite being a dog.

Bond rescinded for Pennsylvania man suspected of killing police dog

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania judge Tuesday rescinded bond for a man who allegedly attacked police officers and killed a police dog, calling the suspect a flight risk.
AKC: Labrador top dog in U.S. for 23rd year

AKC: Labrador top dog in U.S. for 23rd year

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The American Kennel Club in New York announced the Labrador retriever kept its spot as the United States' top dog for the 23rd year in a row.

Man charged for keeping dogs in car during subzero temperatures

CHICAGO, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A Chicago man was arrested for allegedly leaving his two dogs in his vehicle for four days without food and water in subzero temperatures.
British woman finds $30K engagement ring diamond after 3 days of searching dog poop

British woman finds $30K engagement ring diamond after 3 days of searching dog poop

Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Angie Collins sifted through dog poop for three days to recover the $30K diamond her German Shepherd swallowed before spitting out her engagement ring.
Evan Bleier

Russian man charged with eating neighbor's dog

MOSCOW, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A Russian man with a taste for canine cuisine has been caught eating his neighbor's dog, police say.

German shepherd bites neck of 3-year-old, boy dies in hospital

MACKAY, Australia, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A 3-year-old Australian boy who was badly mauled by a dog has died, hospital officials said Tuesday.

Woman says dog rescue seized her dog for no reason

CLOVERDALE, British Columbia, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman says she was shocked when a local dog rescue group seized her dog over an alleged breach of contract.

NYC fights to keep dogs on leashes in park

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) -- New York officials are fighting to reinstate a $100 violation fee that was issued to a man after he walked his dog without a leash in Battery Park.

Woman bit by police K9 in Atlanta airport

ATLANTA, May 11 (UPI) -- A Georgia woman said she was bitten by a police dog inside the Atlanta airport while waiting for her sister in the baggage claim area.
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German Shepherd
IRQ2003092501 - BAGHDAD, IRAQ, SEPTEMBER 25 (UPI) -- A wolf like German Shepherd lies dead outside a closed Mukhabarat prison on September 24, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq. Guards at the prison said it was raised to attack and even eat human flesh, and was killed after the prison was liberated. The Mukhabarat were Saddam Hussein's secret intelligence service and were known for their brutality. Michael Kleinfeld UPI

The German Shepherd Dog (GSD, also known as an Alsatian), (German: Deutscher Schäferhund) is a breed of large-sized dog that originated in Germany. German Shepherds are a relatively new breed of dog, whose origins date to 1899. As part of the Herding group, the German Shepherd is a working dog developed originally for herding sheep. Because of their strength, intelligence and abilities in obedience training they are often employed in police and military roles, in forces around the world. Due to their loyal and protective nature, the German Shepherd is one of the most registered of breeds.

In Europe during the 1800s, attempts were being made to standardize breeds. The dogs were bred to preserve traits that assisted in their job of herding sheep and protecting flocks from predators. In Germany this was practiced within local communities, where shepherds selected and bred dogs that they believed had traits necessary for herding sheep, such as intelligence, strength, and keen senses of smell. The results were dogs that were able to perform admirably in their task, but that differed significantly, both in appearance and ability, from one locality to another.

To combat these differences, the Phylax Society was formed in 1891 with the intention of creating standardised dog breeds in Germany. The society disbanded after only three years due to an ongoing, internal conflict regarding the traits that the society should promote; some members believed dogs should be bred solely for working purposes, while others believed dogs should be bred also for appearance. While unsuccessful in their goal, the Phylax Society had inspired people to pursue standardising dog breeds independently.

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