German Shepherd Dog print
"Dog Tag" print for German shepherd dog lovers
About this print
Combining hand-drawn letters with illustration in the shape of a dog tag, each one is an original print, individually hand-printed on my press in a historically inspired deep blue traditional oil based ink.
Prints are signed and can be personalised and gift wrapped.
Can I have this print in a custom colour?
This print can be reproduced in your choice of colour as a digital fine art print of archival quality on heavyweight matt, acid-free paper. It's not feasible for me to hand-print custom coloured prints as the time taken to hand-mix inks and set up the press for a single print is prohibitive. Custom colour prints are signed and can also be personalised & gift wrapped.
If you'd like a custom colour, choose your print below and let me know what kind of colour you have in mind in the 'custom colour' box at the checkout. I'll then send you some options to help you choose the right one. Custom prints take around 10 working days after the colour is agreed.
Choose your print:
- Fits a standard 12" x 12" frame. A box style frame is best as it will keep the print away from the glass
- Ships with a backing board in a cellophane bag.
- Paper Size: 12" x 12"
Mounted & Ready to Frame
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
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 above).
Enter your own words at the checkout, if required. If you don't want your print personalised it will be titled with the breed name and signed.
Gift wrap your print
If your print is a present, I can send it directly to the lucky recipient, gift wrapped with a hand stamped card with your own message. Gift wrapping is free of charge.
Enter the recipients address and your gift message at the check-out.
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
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