Are you a German Shepherd Dog person?

Find out if this noble breed is for you.

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Unfortunately, the 21st-century German Shepherd is plagued with a multitude of health and temperament problems stemming from his years of ups and downs in popularity. Given his large size, orthopedic problems have long been a curse of the breed, with hip dysplasia first on the list of concerns. Further, as such a popular guard dog, he is often the target of breed-specific legislation in communities that have experienced aggressive behavior in the guardian-dog breeds. If you hope to find a quality Shepherd, patronize only an experienced and reputable breeder who is honest and forthright, willing to educate you about the pros and cons and available to advise you if problems arise.

Although the German Shepherd has qualities that make him suitable for many a  dog lover, a prospective owner must consider the dogs inherent needs before adding one to the household. The ideal Shepherd family must be willing and able to give their dog adequate living space, plenty of physical and mental exercise, regular grooming and, most importantly, proper training. If you meet those conditions, the German Shepherd will reward you with love and devotion unmatched by any other breed of dog.

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Reprinted from Breeders Best: German Shepherd Dog © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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janet   bethlehem, PA

7/14/2010 4:16:03 AM

good article thanks

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Jennifer   Oakland, MD

6/29/2010 6:32:25 PM

I am a dog person. My german shepherd, Rascal, God rest her soul,was the best friend I could have ever asked for. She loved me like I have never been loved before. She loved me through good times and bad. She was my best friend. It has been 3 years and not a day goes by that I don't miss her so much it hurts! I now have a dog I adopted from the pound and she's a great girl, but a german shepherd is an angel in disguise. Miss you baby girl!

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Ashley/Soul Mate Dog Training   Carmel Valley, CA

2/28/2010 2:24:30 PM

I am an all-breed dog trainer who has owned germen shepherds since i was twelve. I like all dogs but i will always have a german shepherd. they are a real presence. you must be firm with them and consistent and provide exercise and outings. They can be wary of strangers and bossy with other dogs if they are not continuously socialized. They also need to be fulfilled as a working breed thru training and structured activities that challenge mind and body and at the same time further your bond. My german shepherds have been involved with personal protection training(with a professional k-9 trainer who had years of law enforcement experience, do not take protection training lightly or you might just end up with a mean dog instead of one who is calm and social and ready to protect if necessary) and also we have done some search and rescue training. My last three german shepherds have competed in obedience trials and were awarded titles by the american kennel club. Love, companionship and purpose, that is what a german shepherd wants.

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Vickie   Corbin, KY

2/21/2010 6:13:23 PM

This profile is very true. At the present I have 2 GSDs, a senior at 10 years old and a puppy of 9 months. I had a GSD when I was growing up. The bond between GSD and his people is incredible, but this breed is not for everyone. GSDs shed. They also need a great deal of attention as well as mental and physical stimulation. They are extremely intelligent and intuitive of their people's feelings. Exercise and training are a must. If you do not assume the role of pack leader, your GSD will! But if you are willing to put forth the effort, you will be rewarded 100 fold with a loyal friend beyond compare. There's nothing like a GSD!

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