German Shepherd Dog Original Art
Personalised prints for German shepherd dog lovers
This print combines hand-drawn letters with illustration. Each one is individually hand-printed on my press in a historically inspired deep blue ink, and signed.
Choose your print:
Unframed / No Mount - Worldwide Shipping
- Fits a standard 12" x 12" frame (or with a little trimming a 30 x 30 cm frame). A box style frame is best (with no mount) as it will keep the print away from the glass
- Ships with a backing board and cellophane wrapped
- Paper Size: 12" x 12"
Unframed With Mount - UK addresses only
- Fits a standard 40 x 40 cm frame
- Ships with an off-white, acid-free mount and conservation grade backing board in a cellophane bag
- Mount size: 40 x 40 cm
Framed - UK addresses only
- Solid oak wood frame with mount
- Frame is 43.5 cms square.
- Fitted with crystal clear acrylic ‘glass’ and ready to hang
Personalise your print
You can personalise your Dog Tag print with a hand written dedication (up to 10 words).
This is written in pencil, below the dog tag image and above the signature (like the example in the picture for Benson the Labrador).
Choose this option and enter your own words at the checkout, if required.
About German Shepherd Dogs
Originally bred in the 1800s by a German cavalry captain, Max von Stephanitz, as a long distance sheepdog herder and guardian of the flock, the German Shepherd is known for its superior intellect, unwavering dedication to work & loyalty to their handler.
It was not long before the GSD was promoted for police & military work and the rest, as they say, is history. An estimated 48,000 dogs were used by the German army in WW1 & WW2 as messengers, rescuers and guardians. Trained for scout duty, they were used to warn soldiers to the presence of enemies or mines and acted as supply carriers through artillery fire.
German Shepherds are pioneers in the use of dogs in community and service work. They are one of the most widely used breeds in scent-work roles (search and rescue, cadaver searching, narcotics, explosives and mine detection) due to their keen sense of smell and their ability to work regardless of distractions.
At one time the German Shepherd was the breed chosen, almost exclusively, to be used as a guide dog for the visually impaired.
They are well known for their work in security and law enforcement and their roles include tracking criminals, detecting controlled substances, patrolling troubled areas and apprehending and holding suspects.
Perhaps the most famous German shepherd is Rin Tin Tin who, as small puppy, was rescued from a bullet and bomb riddled breeding kennel in France during World War I by Corporal Lee Duncan. At the end of the war Duncan brought the puppy back to his hometown of Los Angeles where he trained him, and turned him into one of the most famous dogs in show biz. In Tin Tin appeared in dozens of movies and, at the height of his stardom, got 10,000 fan letters a week.
Famous GSD owners include Franklin Roosevelt, JFK, Herbert Hoover and Picasso.
More good stuff for German shepherd dog lovers
You may also like these hand-made vintage german shepherd dog cards (there's lots more breeds over on the vintage dog breed cards page)
And this framed large format vintage cigarette card of a German shepherd dog from the 1930s (discover more vintage gifts for dog lovers from this series )