I have had gsd's my entire life, and my parents before me, and my grandparents before that. imho, the german shepherd dog is an indoor dog who does best and develops to their full capacity when they are with their people. again, just my personal opinion/experience, that it's actually a disservice to a shepherd to require him/her to live outside. if your wife is worried about the work that goes along with having a dog in the house, that could be a problem. again, jmho, but the work required is more than made up for by the sheer joy these dogs bring into your life. they are brilliant and seldom does anyone change to another breed, once they've had one. and one is hardly ever enough, lolol...
mom to seraphina blue & the cashman
miss jeni-take-a-ride, rescued 7/07
shangri la's great white caesar, rescued 4/09
hearthside's cinderfella (RIP 4/20/09)
shep von bellefontaine (RIP 6/9/10)
voodoo lily (dsh) & cricket (african grey~RIP 7/13)