The American Kennel Club standard for the German Shepherd does not reference webbed feet. Instead, it describes the breed as having short, compact feet with well-arched toes. Pads should be thick and firm and the nails short and dark.
The breed standard of the German Shepherd reflects its history as a working dog. It calls for a strong, well-muscled animal with a confident but obedient temperament and a smooth gait. The standard penalizes characteristics such as nervous temperament, excessive aggression or a weak body that would impede the dog's ability to work. German Shepherds are famous for their intelligence and their ability to adapt to a wide variety of uses including police work, search and rescue work, narcotics detection and military scout duty.