Difference between Alsatian and German Shepherd Dog (GSD)
last updated 12th, Mar 2008,
This is always a point of discussion in between German Shepherd and Alsatian, how different they are, who is taller in between them, from where do they originated, what is the coat type and list of this discussion can be endless. But the mystery remains unsolved whether they are same or different. So, what's the real answer? They are same or just the other name of same breed. Yes, German Shepherd and Alsatian are the same breed. Let's check how it all started from the beginning.
It all started in History.
It was started at the time of World War, when dogs too are the part of the military and were used by both sides. German Shepherd one of the smartest breed, which is easy to train, protective and fearless. Thus, this is the reason German Shepherd is one of the breed used by both the side for all kind of work such as mines detecting, message passing and are also a part of red cross. Serving first aid to the injured and wounded soldier. But Britishers did not want to call their dog German Shepherd. As German is there in the name of the dog breed and Germans were their main enemy. They do not want to connect or associate with Germans anywhere. Britishers come up with the new name for the breed as Alsatian. The name Alsatian originated from the area Alsace-Lorraine which is at German- French border. Where they had spent tough time of their lives at the time of war.
Which Became a point of confusion because of the different name, people get confused in between German Shepherd and Alsatian, they believed that they both are two different breeds and due to the words of mouth the confusion persist in the modern world.
How this confusion spread in India.
During the British Raj Britishers brought Alsatian dogs with them and refer them as Alsatian. They bred the dog and distributed the puppy among the wealthiest families of India. Breed flourished in India and become one of the most famous breed of India. As the breed is versatile and suitable for all the work, weather, and climate. As it remains with aristocracy so the up-keeping of the breed is never a problem. Hence the breed flourished with the breed name as Alsatian in India. The stories of the people from the British era or places where the British colony are established the people still call the breed as Alsatian. Even after the breed regain its name back as German shepherd in India, it still called by the name Alsatian. In past few decades when the import of breed starts from the originated country Germany the breed start getting popular as German Shepherd.
Alsatian regain its name back as German Shepherd.
After the World War in 1977, when the things settled, and doggy world reunited, numerous campaigns run by the breeders and persons associated for the breed welfare. The name of the breed was changed back to German Shepherd Dog in original form. German Shepherd are also known as GSD in the short form. The German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian) has become one of the most popular breeds with pet owners, who consider them loving and loyal companions.