German Shepherd vs. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
I've been a long time lurker, and have been trying to decide between a german shepherd or a rottie for a long time now. If everything goes according to plan, I should be financially sound to afford a dog within the year, and have been allowing myself to do some more research on dogs. I just recently discovered a new breed I have not heard about before.
I am looking for a medium-large sized dog that will have natural guarding instincts. I have a hard time sleeping at night, and I believe I will feel more comfortable with a "guard dog". I do not expect this dog to protect me in any way shape or form, it will only be a family dog.
Previously I was leaning towards getting a german shepherd because most people are fearful of rotties, and I do not associate german shepherds with a negative stigma(Rotties also drool). The downside to gsd's are their energy level. I am a fairly active person, but would prefer a dog who can relax at home when I'm feeling lazy. I do run roughly 3 miles a day, but would prefer a dog with a smaller exercise requirement.
Has anyone had experience with Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs? They seem like a very nice mix of large dog, good personality and they do not drool. I would love to hear from someone with experience with both gsd's and gsmd's. I like the idea of teaching the dog to pull carts, and can easily see myself carting either dog.
This will be my first dog, but my current job is a children's case manager. I have a lot of experience with behavior modification involving children, and expect at least some of that knowledge to transfer over.
The reason I am considering a GSMD over a GSD are:
larger(I just feel more comfortable with larger dogs)
However, I have read that GSD's are very eager to please, which is ideal for a first dog.
To cut this long post rather short, if anyone has experience with either, which do you believe would be a better first dog?
I have worked at a vet's office, and had family dog's, just never had a dog that was "mine".
Also my wife and I never plan to reproduce, so children are not a factor.