What Kind of Dog Is Chase from Paw Patrol? Breed Information, Pictures, and Facts

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Written by Oak Simmons

Published: June 2, 2023

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PAW Patrol is an exciting show about fourteen puppies and cats helping their community in Adventure Bay. Each character has a unique breed and plays a special role, such as the fire pup, police pup, and aviation pup. Chase is the police pup in Adventure Bay and one of the main heroes on PAW Patrol. Chase is a natural leader who is always eager to help out. What kind of dog is Chase from PAW Patrol?

Chase from PAW Patrol is a German shepherd puppy. German shepherds are working dogs and are used widely by police departments in the United States. Chase has many of the common traits of German shepherd dogs, like being loyal and hard-working.

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Chase from PAW Patrol has the iconic look of a German shepherd, with pointy ears and a wolf-like face.

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German Shepherd Information

In addition to being adorable, German shepherd puppies are highly energetic and curious.

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German Shepherd Description

German shepherds are a large and muscular dog breed. Male German shepherds are around 24-26 inches tall, and females are around 22-24 inches tall. As for their weight, males weigh 65-90 pounds and females weigh 50-70 pounds. German shepherd dogs have long, dense fur and bushy tails. Their fur is typically tan and black or red and black, however, some other colors exist. For example, German shepherds can also be completely black or completely white. The bodies of German shepherds appear more curvy than angular, and their backs gently slope downward toward their hind legs.

German Shepherd History

Chase from PAW Patrol is a kind of dog that was bred to be a fantastic working dog. German shepherds were initially bred to herd sheep, which is where the “shepherd” in their name comes from. The breed was developed by Captain Max Emile Friedrich von Stephanitz, a German man who lived from 1864 to 1936. Stephanitz was a cavalry officer. In 1899, Stephanitz purchased a shepherding dog and named him Horand von Grafrath. At that time in Germany, shepherding dogs were used as working dogs but there was no standard breed. Stephanitz used Horand as his primary breeding dog, and thus Horand became the first German shepherd dog. When Stephanitz was choosing dogs to breed, he selected the features he most desired. These were upright ears, intelligence, and willingness to work. The English Kennel Club registered the breed in 1919.

German Shepherd Temperament

German shepherds were bred to be curious, intelligent, and hard-working. They are also confident and self-assured. German shepherds thrive when they have a purpose, which is another reason why they are so suited to be working dogs. They are considered highly active dogs and do their best when they get a healthy amount of exercise.

German shepherds are also highly protective of their family and territory and require correct socialization as puppies to avoid them becoming over-protective. This early socialization is crucial in order to have a happy dog and avoid the unfortunate situation of a dog bite. According to one study, German shepherds were the breed responsible for the most bites requiring hospitalization in the United States from 1971 to 2018. However, the fact that German shepherds are the most common breed of police dog in the United States may affect this statistic. In order to perform their jobs, police and military German shepherd dogs are required and trained to display some aggressive behaviors.

It is important to remember that training is the most important factor for dogs displaying aggressive behavior. With solid training, German shepherds are loving, loyal, and safe. Another important factor is for humans to understand dog body language, and listen to what the dog is communicating.

German Shepherd Training

German shepherds are highly curious and intelligent, two traits that make them easy to train. Due to being highly trainable and loyal, they make great service dogs. Many German shepherds are also search and rescue dogs. German shepherds without official jobs also enjoy learning and being kept busy. Trick training is one way to keep a German shepherd stimulated and happy. German shepherds also enjoy sports such as agility training.

German Shepherd Health

The lifespan of a German shepherd is around seven to ten years. As with most dog breeds, German shepherds are uniquely at risk for certain health problems. Some conditions German shepherds are at risk for include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and degenerative myelopathy. There are a few preventative measures to take to protect a German shepherd’s joint health. These include maintaining a healthy weight, giving joint supplements, and providing opportunities for frequent but gentle exercise.

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Oak Simmons is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering North American wildlife and geography. They graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A resident of Washington state, Oak enjoys tracking mammals and watching birds.

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