while I had aspirations for my girl, life gets in the way, and things change.
I have a pretty high energy czech/ddr 5 year old, and I don't participate in sports with her.
She is my constant companion, we hike alot, exercise, walk, classes at times, fun tracking.
As she's matured she's developed an off switch, and tho she does need everyday exercise in one form or another, she can do well with a day or two of me working long hours.
I love this dog, but only "love" wouldn't cut it. THey do not need to compete in anything, but these dogs are not couch potatoes, and do like an active lifestyle.
I'm sure there are much lower energy gsd's out there , I really have never had one, nor do I really want one
Being active doesn't mean you have to compete in anything with the dog.
Finding a breeder who can match a puppy to your wants/don't wants/lifestyle/expectations is key .