Hello. First post. I've been informed that a litter of GSD pups will be due in Feb. & am seriously concidering getting one. I have a few questions. The owner said both parents have a mild temperment. What does this mean? Also, my husband & I have a 3 year old beagle. Are GSD good around other breeds? & last, I hear GSD shed A LOT. My husband doesn't really want a dog that sheds too much, but wants a dog that protects when he's deployed. Is the shedding worth it? TIA!
Heck yeah the shedding is worth it.
If the bitch throws any coats, you might consider that as I have owned three coats and I have noticed they shed much less than a standard coat. Doesn't seem to make sense when you look at them but it works out that way. However, when they blow their coats.....it's a real hairapalooza. On a daily basis, the coats I have had shed much less plus my current shepherd is eating raw and that seems to also make a difference as the last two ate kibble.
Temperament is of course important and I would be inclined to go visit the sire and dam and check out their "disposition", I'm sure the breeder will be accommodating, whether the sire is around or not is another question. I am not knowledgeable enough to know if temperament is more nature or nurture but all 3 of our GSD's had/have wonderful temperaments.....like cupcakes they were/are.
GSD's pups are a handful, so I have been told by my friends who had other breeds, especially my bro in law who has collies.
I cannot speak to the question regarding whether they are good around other breeds as we have only had one breed. However, I see many pictures and read many posts of folks in here who have numerous dogs and numerous breeds all living under the same roof, so I assume they coexist without much problems at all.
Good luck to you and I believe when you get your shepherd, in short order you will come to see why they are such terrific companions. It just takes a few months .....LOL.