My kids are 8,7,4,2,1. So neither one of urs shed? Thats great to hear. We'll I walk a lot so I figure that would be fun to take her with me. I walk at least 2 miles at least 4-5 days a week. Do they learn easy? Or are they gonna take as much attention as a kid? lol. The shedding thing is really what had me really put off. I am very anal about clean. I really did fall in love with the pics of the puppy. Are shepherds usually healthy dogs? I am just so excited about this for the kids. Thanks so much for the help.
Hi there. Mother of 5 and now Grandmother of 1 here. My advice, which you won't want to hear because puppy fever is a virulent virus, is wait.
A GSD can be a wonderful addition or a nightmare and that isn't 100% dependent upon the dog, a great deal of it has to do with timing. Wait. I did. I am very glad I did! When I think about Huxley's first few months here and what that would have been like with several toddlers?
If you absolutely cannot wait, read everything
you can about bite inhibition training and be prepared for the land shark stage. Be aware that they do shed like crazy and get a good vacuum or wool dry mop to deal with it. Find a good trainer who encourages family participation in classes Dog Trainer Search
And socialize, socialize, socialize with children in a carefully supervised setting.
I did have dogs before Huxley (and Abby the wonder Labby) I had shelties when my kids were small. Same coat/shedding issues as a GSD but the size and breed temperament was better suited to our household at that time. I am not a person who thinks one cannot raise dogs and children together. But I do recommend people thoroughly understand the commitment it requires AND that some breeds are more suitable than others for a first dog.
Anyway... 'nuff said. Good luck with your decision