Original Painting Medium: Pastel
My painting of a German Shepherd was portrayed using pastels. This patient, good mannered and extremely co-operative German Shepherd dog was a pleasure to portray. This was one of my earlier commissions and over the years many people have admired this handsome boy and commented on his good looks.
There are different theories regarding the origin of the German Shepherd. One is that the breed was the result of crosses between the various breeds of sheepdog existing in Germany. Another, that it resulted from the spontaneous mating of shepherd bitches and wolves. However, it is known that the first German Shepherd dogs were presented at Hanover in 1882, and the short-haired variety was first presented in Berlin in 1889.
Due to its intelligence and outstanding character, it has also been used at times of war (carrying messages under fire and across mine fields), as a rescue dog, and as a police dog. Bold, obedient, affectionate and loyal, it always performs the work requested of it with good will and enthusiasm.