I gave up reading this entire thread, but advice to the original poster: If you are worried about shedding and mess, then rethink your priorities. If you have 4 kids, I would imagine your house has some level of mess anyway! ( unless you are superwoman)
There are far worse issues with dogs than shedding. Most dogs shed some..smaller they are they less hair. My sister in law did not want shedding and that was basically her only concern! Ok, when I think of dogs, I think of temperament and size as my main concern. Anyway, she got a labradoodle from a back yard breeder who mixed amercan lab with a standard poodle..YIKES. Its everything I warned her about, its a big spaz! But, not too much shedding. Oh yeah, lots of trips to the costly groomer.
So, op..german shepherds can and do make great family dogs. You need to put effort into them. Do you have time? Only you know that. You need to worry about other things than hair..just get a good vaccum and broom!
Max Von Zahnderhaus -CGC- DOB 2/14/2012
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