To film buffs, there are loads of German Shepherd Movies and also German Shepherd Movie Stars. And GSD breed historians are also aware of many of these wonderful and historic dogs. And some of the names you may know well too - such as Rin Tin Tin.
But for the rest of us, you are probably unaware of all the GSDs that were a part of movie history. And it is for you that we will now further explore and discuss some of the German Shepherds that made history acting in early film as far back as the early 1900's.
In the early days of film dogs were often a part of the story. If you have ever watched any of the silent films such as Charlie Chaplin's, The Kid, then you were witness to just how most dog human relationships were portrayed.
A dogs place in early film, was often as a faithful companion and friend, but in some circumstances it also became the hero - coming to the rescue of their human friend who had fallen upon hard times in one way or another. And this role was one that was perfect for our heroic German Shepherd Dog breed.
So, read on, explore and see just how much you can learn about the canine actor that we all love so much, the German Shepherd Dog and many different German Shepherd Movies. We will do our best to fill in more details about each of these dogs and the movies in which they appeared - so feel free to check back often as this page will be a work in progress for a long time to come.
Rin Tin Tin (even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame)
The Littlest Hobo
A Dog's Best Friend
Ace of Hearts
All Dogs Go To Heaven 1 & 2
Beverley Hills Chihuahua 1 & 2
Breed of Courage
Call of the Klondike
Cats & Dogs
Chips the War Dog
Code of the Air
For the Love of Rusty
I Am Legend
Kelly and Me
Legend of the Northwest
Love Leads the Way
Man in the Chair
My Dog Tulip
Run JOE Run
Shep Comes Home
Take One False Step
The Big Stunt
The Billion Dollar Hobo
The Biscuit Eater
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Brain from the Planet Arous
The Bridal Path
The Call of the Wild
The Courage of Kavik the Wolf Dog
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Great Adventure
The Hills Have Eyes
The Jane Austen Book Club
The Littlest Hobo
The Parent Trap
The Phantom (15 Chapter Serial) starring Ace
The Police Dog Story
The Young and the Brave
Unsung Heroes (War Dogs)
Village of the Damned
We Think the World of You
Won Ton Ton-The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
You Never Can Tell
Zebra in the Kitchen
As we all know, the German Shepherd as a dog breed, "started" around 1899. Not many years after that the world was drawn into the throes of World War 1. And as it turned out, the German Shepherd Dog was given its first real test in this battle.
German Shepherds were still a very new breed but they more than proved their worth by participating in many jobs and activities throughout WWI. And based on the memories of many dog trainers and handlers who actually fought in WW1 and who worked later on on those early movie sets, the abilities of the German Shepherd - their bravery, athleticism, intelligence and boundless energy - were remembered and these dogs were searched for actively to become a part of the movies in those early days of film.
As a result, many different dogs and dog breeds, including the German Shepherd, were often included in silent films and melodramas of that time. And dog actors have been involved with film and TV ever since. Hence, our long list of German Shepherd Movies and TV shows with German Shepherds in them.
And that is exactly what I want to further discuss today, those early film pioneers and all the German Shepherd movie stars that have appeared on both film and TV from way back when, all the way up to our present day canine movie stars. So, what I plan to do here then is to list as many German Shepherd Movies as I can on this page and then to discuss, explore and detail as much as I can about each of these dogs on a separate page devoted only to that one specific GSD.
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Thank you for this web site. Very informative and well written. I
often advise my shepherd people to visit here for information. Again
Laura Page Warden
What a fabulous website!!! I really enjoyed reading about the history of the dogs. There is a ton of helpful information on here and defiantly something for every reader to enjoy!!!
Recently got a GSD again. Last time had GSD no internet etc. Cant believe how much info for free. Kenneth
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