Would a german shepherd fit in with my lifestyle?
I hope this is the right place, I couldn't find a more relevant board so here it is!
I am a woman in my early 20's, and am finally at a stable point in my life where I can get a dog. I've put a lot of consideration into what kind of dog would best suit me, and my mom actually suggested I get a german shepherd. Though my family has always had dogs we never had a german shepherd so I'm not really sure if it is the right dog for me. I'm hoping you guys can give me some insight.
I own a house in a nice town, I have a large fenced in yard and I live alone so plenty plenty of space. The main reasons I want to get a dog are for companionship and protection. I'm looking for a dog that is a quick learner and likes to stay busy, and also loyal and protective. I work full time but live 3 miles from where I work, and can easily stop by at home throughout the day to let a dog out or throw a ball for a little bit. I'm not married (though my boyfriend will likely move in with me in <1 year) and I don't have kids (likely won't for 5+ years), so I have plenty of free time to spend on a dog. I would love to have a dog that I could take out and do things with. It definitely would not be sitting around cooped up 24/7. Since I live alone it's important to me to have a dog that will be protective in nature and loyal to me.
My main concerns are making sure that the dog I get will get the amount of attention it needs, have ample space, etc. Just generally be comfortable with my lifestyle. I'm leaning heavily towards german shepherd, but is there anything I should know before hand? Does it sound like a german shepherd would be a good fit for me?
Also, I'm wondering if someone can explain the differences between male and female GS characteristics? Would one or the other be a better fit for my lifestyle?
Last edited by IntotheVoid; 08-13-2013 at 08:59 PM.