The German Shepherd is a dog of the strong bony constitution. The head is moderately long and broad. The forehead is slightly arched. The transition from the forehead to the muzzle is smooth, moderately pronounced. The nose is large and black. The jaws are strong, the lips are dry, tight-fitting. Ears of medium size are erect, set high, in the shape of an isosceles triangle. Almond-shaped eyes of medium size. Their color corresponds to the color of the coat, preferably dark. The strong, firm neck of medium length. The back is straight, strong, muscular, not too long. The chest is moderately broad. The abdomen is moderately tucked up. The tail is long, evenly bushy, in a relaxed state it drops down in the form of a smooth arc. The limbs are parallel. The paws are oval, arched, the toes are tightly closed. The pads are hard, dark. Nails are short and dark. Dewclaws are removed at an early age.