There is a lot of information but please read. I also don't know if this is in the right category (if it's not sorry).
My family and I are looking into getting our first puppy. After going through almost every breed imaginable we decided that the German Shepherd seems like the perfect dog for us. My family consists of me my wife and three kids ages 15, 12, and 8. We are an athletic and energetic family but at the same time we are also laid back and easy going. My wife and I had dogs when we were kids, but none since. Since they were born out kids have been begging for a dog and most recently for a GSD. But for some reason we haven't got one or any dog for that matter. My wife and I also have the dog on our top of our list because about a year after we got married we got a surprise. We had just moved into our new house and about two weeks later we heard something knocking at the door, then we heard a whining noise. We opened the door and there was a beautiful german Sheperd standing there. It was in late fall to early winter (around thanksgiving I think) and it was slightly snowing and about 30°F (we live in northern michigan). Right away the dog came running into our house and snuggled up against us, she felt freezing so we got a towel and dried her up. Then put her near the fireplace. We saw that she had a collar and it said kila (pronounced ky-la) which was her name, but that was the only thing in the collar no phone number or address. Kila looked really hungry so while my wife watched over kila and gave her water I ran to the grocery store right near our house and bought some dog food for kila. When I got back we fed her and she gobbled it up. We then decided to call animal control to come pick her up
. But they said with no identification of the owner they couldn't do anything except take her to the pound, but they did say we could keep her, we were so excited. The first two weeks were some of the best in my life. Until we saw a picture of kila in the lost and found section in the newspaper, we contacted the person and sure enough they were the owner. We had to give kila back and we did get a nice cash reward but I would take kila over the money any day of the week. But then we had kids and didn't have time to think about a dog. But my kids would do almost anything to have a dog. And I want one too. Anyways back to the topic of getting a german shepherd. We own our home and have a 3.5 acre yard. We do not have a fence, so would we need one? Also would an invisible fence work? We live in a small neighborhood with 7 other houses and 5 of the households have a dog. We also have a small cabin on a lake, so do German shepherds like to swim? (I know it depends on the dog but German shepherds in particular). We would be able to train the puppy ourselves and take it to obedience/training classes. I work full time from 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday, but I could also work from home the first couple weeks and whenever necessary. My wife works part-time (mostly during the night) and sometimes gets called in (she's a nurse) but normally is off. And my kids are in school from 7:40 to 2:30. The most time the dog would be left alone is probably 3 hours and that is rare, normally there will be someone home with the dog. We are willing to pay $2500 at the most. Our ideal price is around $1000-$2000. I think that is all you need to know but if there is any thing else just ask. So please answer If you think the german shepherd is a good breed for a first time dog owner and for my family.
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