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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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How affectionat is your German Shepherd?

How affectionate is your German Shepherd?
I am hoping to acquire a little boy in December and I, like all doggy parents, am hoping he turns out to be a big lovebug.

I currently have an 11-month-old Sheltie named Bucky.
Bucky is a cutie pie and a super happy boy. He is very playful. But on the affection-O-meter, I'd say he rates maybe a 2. He will lay across my lap on the couch or even spoon with me on the couch for up to 20 or maybe even 30 minutes at a time and will lay near the area where I am a lot of the time. But boy, he does not seem to enjoy being petted, will usually back away from it and never asks for it. Shelties aren't necessarily big lickers or tail-waggers and Bucky is no exception. He has never wagged his tail or once licked me.
Anyway, I'd say, all in all, he scores about a 2.
I love my Bucky and will always nurture and enjoy him just the way he is. But I must say that I do look forward to the love and affections of a German Shepherd
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Both my Gsds are very affectionate. Zoey is not much of a licker, but Tuke thinks we are all lollipeople.
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Mine gives kisses every so often or when we ask. Other then that she is a cuddlebug. She loves being near us. She will cuddle up with us, my son taught her how to give hugs, and if we are petting her and stop..she lets us know she's not done getting petted in a cute way. She isn't demanding and I love how she is. She is my shadow

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I've had a couple very affectionate shepherds. While Grim will take pets and has learned to lick faces instead of biting at them (most of the time!), he doesn't seek it out. He's never allowed me to hold him, although he has laid across my lap a few times. He's just not that kind of guy, lol! He may change as he matures, though. He requires being near me most of the time.. it's just that is enough for him. If I do wrap my arm(s) around him, he'll vocalize at me and move. Just extremely independent in that way... and that's OK with me. I have a Pug if I need to be constantly petting and holding a dog!

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My boy is very affectionate actually cuddling me right now. He is also attached at my hip and always wanting to be pet or has to be touching me. That's what I love about this breed is the fact that the bond is deep between you and your dog.

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Kaiser is a snugglebug in the morning (when he's begging to go out to potty or for breakfast) and sometimes at night when he is super sleepy. He's only fallen asleep on/with me a small handful of times though. Usually he's keen on getting a few belly and chin scratches and then repositions himself back on his bed or in his kennel. He doesn't generally offer up kisses either, though every so often I'll get one or two.

Now saying that, he ADORES children and will kiss the heck out of them.

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mine is cuddly. from 9 weeks to 4 months he wasn't.
i don't remember when he became cuddly. he'll jump
on the bed, sofa, lay near if your on the floor, head on lap.
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My boy is very affectionate. It's almost like he thinks he is my girlfriend. I can't get up and walk anywhere without him and he often walks up to me to lick my hands or whatever he can reach for attention. If I stop petting him he'll look up at me to see what's wrong lol

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Mine and everyone else's GSD's I know are VERY affectionate!! Wonderful kids!
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 07:42 AM
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while all my gsd's past and present have been affectionate dogs. I have found my males were much more 'touchy', physically more affectionate than the females I've had/have. The females while always "right there", were more on their terms..

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