Strongheart, was the first dog movie star of the silent era. He
was before Rin Tin Tin. There is a wonderful book written by J. Allen Boone, Kinship
With All Life, that should be on every person's reading
Strongheart was born in Germany 1918 - Died in Los Angeles June 24, 1929. Brought to the US by a writer, Jane Murfin, and a producer and director, Larry Trimble.
Films starring Stongheart were: The silent Call (1921), Brawn of the North (1922), The Love Master (1924), White Fang (1925), North Star (1925), and The Return of Boston Blackie (1927)
The German Shepard Dog (GSD) came to the US as early as 1908,
but its popularity rose dramatically after World War I, when returning soldiers
told of the heroic dogs' work with the Red Cross, at the front, for the police,
and on guard duty. In addition, Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart,
two beloved silent film stars, captured the hearts of the American public.
Today, the German Shepherd is distinguished for his loyalty,
courage, and ability to retain training for a number of special services.
Members of the breed are widely used by police officers and the military, as
guide dogs for the blind, guardians, drug and contraband detection dogs, and
Search and Rescue dogs. Most, however, are purchased to serve the important role
of devoted family friend and protector