German Shepherd Overview

Is the German Shepherd breed right for you?

German Shepherds1. A breed like the GSD, which is capable of so much, requires an owner who is just as capable and can devote time, energy and effort into developing his dogs potential.

2. The German Shepherd is good for a family that wants to make their dog a true part of their lives. He builds strong bonds of loyalty with those close to him.

3. An intelligent dog needs much mental and physical stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behavior.

4. GSDs are wonderful companions for the right people, but prospective owners must first weigh all of the pros and cons.

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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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Brandy   Huntington, WV

1/31/2010 10:42:19 AM

I have an unregistered pure bred German Shepherd Dog that is 8 months old. She is the most intelligent dog that I have owned. My parents bred Rottweilers when I was young, and they were very intelligent, but my GSD is ideal for my family. My daughter is 2 and my GSD would give her life for any of us. She "herds" my daughter when she goes too far in the yard, and this sometimes includes nipping at her heels when she does not want my daughter doing something. I love my GSD like she is one of my kids. But you cannot confuse that with treating them like a child. They are happiest when they feel that they serve a purpose. You cannot spoil them like you would a child or they will take over as boss of the house and that is NOT good! I love my GSD, but owners of them must be a specific type of person (strong/able to train this dog, and gentle and kind, opening their family to the dog) or else this will not be a happy dog. An unhappy dog = chewing up your house and worse. The dog must be a good fit for the right people.

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Sharon   Greenville 62246, IL

5/14/2009 10:56:52 PM

I think that the article was very good. I have a mixed breed dog and had a DNA test done on her and it came back 75% German Shepherd and 25% Lab. Now I know why she is such a good guard dog. It is my hope that because she is a mixed breed I will not have the health problems of a registered dogs. I have a small mixed breed dog that will be 16 years old this August. She is a 1993 model say the vet! Both of my register poodles died of cancer. Since my dog is 75% German Shepherd I plan to learn all I can to take care of her to prevent health problems if at all possible. Thank you for your site.

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