0 1. rowen. The German Shepherd (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈdɔʏtʃɐ ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a breed of medium to large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. Breeds. They were bred as herding dogs, thus the name shepHERD, and why they are in the herding or pastoral groups in kennel clubs and dog shows. He is a patient and friendly dog who can also be playful and alert. Cost of Owning a German Shepherd and Great Pyrenees. The breed with its German roots, German shepherd is the 2nd most popular pet in America as per the records of American kennel club and is the 7th most popular type in…