Because of their protective nature, dog art prints frequently include German shepherds alongside Dobermans and rottweilers, such as in 'Dog Collage I' by Gary Ampel. However, German shepherds have a calm and nonaggressive attitude unless their herd or family is threatened. At that point, they become fierce and determined fighters that closely resemble their wolf ancestors. Some artists choose to highlight this wolfish resemblance, such as in the majestic dog print 'German Shepard' by Cory Carlson, in order to represent the fierceness of this breed's conviction to protect its own.
However, despite their fearsome nature when provoked, German shepherd artwork generally shows these animals as the loving creatures that they are. Whimsical dog paintings such as 'Shepherd's Pretzels' by Ken Bailey are common, thanks to the iconic coloring of this breed's coat. Other paintings like 'German Shepherd' by Dean Russo and 'Best Friends' by P. Stretton also stress the friendly and sociable nature of these versatile canines, as does the work 'Big Shutz' by canine artist Robert McClintock.