Is this the right puppy for us? - Page 4 - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Increase font size: 0, 10, 25, 50%

GermanShepherds.com is the premier German Shepherd Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-25-2012, 12:45 AM   #31 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Beautiful Pacific NW
Posts: 11,005
Default

Small kids tend to trigger prey response and/or remind puppies of their siblings, so they are a natural to play with. Unfortunately those needle teeth hurt on baby and toddler flesh!
msvette2u is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-25-2012, 02:38 AM   #32 (permalink)
No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
 
Cassidy's Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 29,212
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kelina View Post
short haired-German shepherds DO NOT shed a lot!
Um yes, they do. They're not jokingly referred as German Shedders for nothing!
Cassidy's Mom is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 03:59 AM   #33 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: ontario -
Posts: 9,009
Default

speaking from experience , yes, GSD do shed , even long coats --
OP how much exposure have you had to the breed . Are you in love with an idea of what the dog might be , or the reality of it . Every one can fall in love with an 8 week old pup. Have you spent time around adult GSD . See if there are some training clubs such as schutzhund , or obedience classes where you can have a closer look at the breed .
carmspack is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 05:28 AM   #34 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Jenkintown,Pa.
Posts: 15,199
Default

pups nip a lot. i'm not sure when the shedding
starts but when it does it's heavy. when it comes
to protection some are protective some aren't.
with help of a professional trainer you can have
a protective dog. be prepared to spend a lot
of time training and socializing ( a lot of time).
you have to watch your children as much as the
pup when they're together. my children were 2 and
4 yrs old when i had my last GSD. my wife was a
"stay at home mom". she was really into the training
and socializing so that made it easier to have a GSD
or any dog.
doggiedad is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 07:50 AM   #35 (permalink)
Moderator
 
JakodaCD OA's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Old Lyme, CT USA
Posts: 20,921
Default

I'll throw my 2 cents in as well,,first, Kelina has young dogs so she probably hasnt experienced the EXCESSIVE SHEDDING part yet, when someone says they don't shed, sorry it's just not true and/or they have youngdogs and haven't gone thru it yet...They shed ALOT and then they shed MORE if your ready to have dust bunnies floating around all day every day, a german shepherd is right for you....I have aussies, show coated aussies, and I'll tell you, my aussies shed 'nothing' compared to a gsd, when it's coat blowing time, it's 100 times worse..

Having that many young children, frankly, I would not bring in a GSD puppy, it's like have 4 one year olds. Puppies BITE, nip, need housetraining and need ALOT of plain old training, as well as socializing. Plus, young kids can be rough on puppies as they don't know any better either.

If you've had aussies, I'd stick with them until your children get older and you have ALOT of free time to work/spend with a german shepherd.

These dogs can be a dream or be a nightmare if you aren't prepared and willing to devote ALOT of time to them
__________________
Diane

Danger Danger vom Kleinen Hain aka Masi
Tranquillo's Kizzy
"Angel" Jakoda's Bewitchen Sami CD OA OAJ OAC NGC OJC RS-O GS-N JS-O TT HIC CGC
"Angel" Steinwald's Four x Four CGC HIC TT
"Angel" Harmonyhill's Hy Jynx NA NAJ NAC NJC RS-N JS-N HIC
"Angel" Jakoda's Jagged Edge

Last edited by JakodaCD OA; 11-25-2012 at 07:58 AM. Reason: added
JakodaCD OA is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 08:11 AM   #36 (permalink)
Elite Member
 
Capone22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,235
Default

You got a lot of good advice here. I have a 5.5 year old daughter, a 6 month old little boy and a 5 month old GSD. It is A LOT of work. Any puppy is going to be. My dog has an insane amount of energy. As an adult there is no way one walk a day will tire her out. Even now that wouldn't work. You'll need to be prepared to do small training sessions and exercise throughout the day. Also with the nipping it is hard. She is in serious land shark stage. Yesterday while hiking she got excited as my daughter started running and chased her and jumped bit her arm. Made her bleed. My fault for not stopping her in time, but it happened so fast I didn't expect it. I rarely have her around the 5 year old right now. It's a lot of baby gates, separation and keeping her on a leash with me around the house.

Not trying to talk you out of it. I love our dog and I don't regret getting her at all. Just know what your in for and make sure you have the time to put in to make him/her the great family dog you want. Also I can't stress enough getting it from a reputable breeder. Very important! Good luck.


Sent from my iPhone using PG Free
Capone22 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 08:18 AM   #37 (permalink)
Master Member
 
gaia_bear's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Posts: 701
Default

I agree with everyone it can be a very rewarding or a nightmare. Gaia is my first on my own dog and wow, what a learning experience it's been. Any dog can be right for you, it's all about how much you're willing to put into them. Proper socialization and training are very important and short cuts can't be taken. They are very smart and if you're not on top of things they will figure out how to walk all over you, I learned that the hard way.

Before making the decision I'd take some time and read other sections of the forum to become familiar with the problems and successes others have had with their dogs.

I haven't had any major problems but there were moments during the land shark phase where I questioned my sanity and sat in the middle of my floor and cried because I was so frustrated and I don't even have kids.

With any breed, there are health issues. As for the shedding, Gaia sheds a lot I sweep/vacuum 2x a day and still don't feel it's enough.

What made you think of the GSD as a choice?


Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App
__________________
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole - Roger Caras

Courtney M.
Gaia-GSD 03/09/2012
Cuervo vom Kiebitzende 07/01/2013
gaia_bear is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 09:03 AM   #38 (permalink)
Zombie Queen Moderator
 
jocoyn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 14,478
Default

I have had GSDs since 1982 and other dogs before that. They are, most assuredly, bit time shedders.

I raised my kids with GSDs from the time my oldest was 3. We always had a good experience but it was a lot of work. Without extensive experience with the breed there is no way I would bring a puppy into a home with 5 kids. And certainly not during the holidays.

I might consider talking with a reputable breeder and finding a retired breeding female as an option. Should have the patience and maturity to be around children.
__________________
Nancy
www.scsarda.org

Beau -NAPWDA Certified Cadaver Dog
Waiting at the Bridge (italics=GSDs) (hemangiosarcoma=blue):Grim , Cyra, Toby, Rainbow, Linus, Oscar, Arlo & Waggles
jocoyn is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 09:20 AM   #39 (permalink)
Moderator
 
Liesje's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 18,697
Default

Whoever said GSDs don't shed bad are crazy. I know people who won't get a GSD anymore *because* of the shedding. I have ONE GSD right now and I vacuum DAILY. When we travel I have to take a vacuum along to clean up behind my dog. I also clean out my van weekly (or more when it's not snowing outside). I have a long-coated dog that is sort of similar to a long coated GSD (but with *more* coat) and he actually sheds less, well he sheds differently (more like soft clumps of fur that you can pickup, whereas the normal coated GSD just sheds undercoat nonstop). If shedding is an issue for you then you might need to seriously reconsider.
__________________
Coke (All-American 7/7/06)
Nikon (GSD 9/7/08)
Indy (All-American 5/10/12)
Legend (GSD 10/22/13)
Rainbow Bridge Kenya (GSD)

Liesje is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 09:43 AM   #40 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
llombardo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Illinois
Posts: 8,476
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Liesje View Post
Whoever said GSDs don't shed bad are crazy. I know people who won't get a GSD anymore *because* of the shedding. I have ONE GSD right now and I vacuum DAILY. When we travel I have to take a vacuum along to clean up behind my dog. I also clean out my van weekly (or more when it's not snowing outside). I have a long-coated dog that is sort of similar to a long coated GSD (but with *more* coat) and he actually sheds less, well he sheds differently (more like soft clumps of fur that you can pickup, whereas the normal coated GSD just sheds undercoat nonstop). If shedding is an issue for you then you might need to seriously reconsider.
That would be me and just for the record...I'm not crazy, mine does not shed that bad. She has a very short coat. My other two dogs shed a lot more and I mean a lot more. The other two have to go to the groomers, but not her. She doesn't even require that much brushing. Even as we speak I can't pull any fur off of her and I'm checking the back end. Now when I do that to the other two, I have fur balls in my hands. She is almost 15 months. Yes there is shedding in the spring and in the fall, but I have not had an issue with it. And if she becomes a german shedder then she does, I don't have any issues with it...I love her no matter what and would get 10 more of her if I could.
__________________
Misty- Samoyed Mix
Tannor- Golden Retriever CGC
Robyn- German Shepherd CGC, TC
Midnite-German Shepherd CGC, TC
Brennan- Golden Retriever CGC
Batman- Husky/Greyhound
llombardo is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:09 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
PetGuide.com
Basset.net DobermanTalk.com GoldenRetrieverForum.com OurBeagleWorld.com
BoxerForums.com DogForums.com GoPitbull.com PoodleForum.com
BulldogBreeds.com FishForums.com HavaneseForum.com SpoiledMaltese.com
CatForum.com GermanShepherds.com Labradoodle-dogs.net YorkieForum.com
Chihuahua-People.com RetrieverBreeds.com