11 Fetching German Shepherd Tattoos

One of the top dog breeds in the US and UK is a popular tattoo choice.

stacie_mayer7 months ago in Tattoo Ideas

Also known as Alsatians in Britain, the German Shepherd dog breed originated in Germany. Its name is quite literal, as they were a dog used in Germany to act as a shepherd, herding and protecting sheep. 

Considered a newer breed of dog, unlike others which have been documented in history for centuries, the German Shepherd's origin dates to 1899.

German Shepherds are known for their intelligence, ranking only behind border collies and poodles. The police and military have used them to find drugs and explosives or to track down assailants. German Shepherd's have also worked in film, with two of the most famous dogs, Strongheart and Rin Tin Tin, receiving stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

They're not as common as labradors or golden retrievers, but a small percentage of guide dogs for the vision-impaired are actually German Shepherds. They possibly have better attention spans than some humans, with the ability to focus on a task without being distracted. 

Those of you that have had German Shepherd's as pets may consider getting a tattoo to immortalize your four-legged friend. Get inspired by the varied styles of these German Shepherd tattoos. 

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Black and grey German Shepherd portrait tattoo by Sam Garcia. #dog #germanshepherd #blackandgrey #realism #SamGarcia
Black and grey German Shepherd portrait tattoo by Sam Garcia. #dog #germanshepherd #blackandgrey #realism #SamGarcia
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Traditional German Shepherd hand tattoo by Katie Trojan. #dog #germanshepherd #traditional #hand #KatieTrojan
Traditional German Shepherd hand tattoo by Katie Trojan. #dog #germanshepherd #traditional #hand #KatieTrojan
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Black and grey German Shepherd puppy tattoo by Christopher Henriksen. #dog #germanshepherd #realism #blackandgrey #ChristopherHenriksen
Black and grey German Shepherd puppy tattoo by Christopher Henriksen. #dog #germanshepherd #realism #blackandgrey #ChristopherHenriksen
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Geometric German Shepherd tattoo with smooth black and grey shading. By @fintattoos. #dog #germanshepherd #geometric #blackandgrey #fintattoos
Geometric German Shepherd tattoo with smooth black and grey shading. By @fintattoos. #dog #germanshepherd #geometric #blackandgrey #fintattoos
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Color realism German Shepherd tattoo by Jose Thor. #dog #germanshepherd #realism #colorrealism #JoseThor
Color realism German Shepherd tattoo by Jose Thor. #dog #germanshepherd #realism #colorrealism #JoseThor
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Smooth black and grey German Shepherd portrait by João Morais. #dog #germanshepherd #realism #blackandgrey #JoãoMorais
Smooth black and grey German Shepherd portrait by João Morais. #dog #germanshepherd #realism #blackandgrey #JoãoMorais
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Geometric linework German Shepherd tattoo by Antonio Cerra. #dog #germanshepherd #linework #geometric #AntonioCerra
Geometric linework German Shepherd tattoo by Antonio Cerra. #dog #germanshepherd #linework #geometric #AntonioCerra
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Painterly color realism German Shepherd tattoo by Antonio Venturetti. #painterly #realism #colorrealism #dog #germanshepherd #AntonioVenturetti
Painterly color realism German Shepherd tattoo by Antonio Venturetti. #painterly #realism #colorrealism #dog #germanshepherd #AntonioVenturetti
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Dotwork German Shepherd and mandala tattoo by Blakey Tattooer. #dotwork #blackwork #dog #germanshepherd #mandala #BlakeyTattooer
Dotwork German Shepherd and mandala tattoo by Blakey Tattooer. #dotwork #blackwork #dog #germanshepherd #mandala #BlakeyTattooer
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Black and grey German Shepherd portrait by Jon Tran. #dog #germanshepherd #blackandgrey #realism #JonTran
Black and grey German Shepherd portrait by Jon Tran. #dog #germanshepherd #blackandgrey #realism #JonTran
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Watercolor paw print German Shepherd tattoo by Ariel Fender. #dog #germanshepherd #watercolor #pawprint #ArielFender
Watercolor paw print German Shepherd tattoo by Ariel Fender. #dog #germanshepherd #watercolor #pawprint #ArielFender