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Old 05-07-2014, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is there any other breed like a GSD?

I'm not keen on the phylogenetic of K9s...

All I know is that there are northern breeds like huskies and malamutes and Eskimo dogs and maybe Akitas (?) which are similar in temperament; only because I've got a husky...

I know (I think?) that labs and goldens are similar in temperament...

Is there any other breed that is similar in temperament to a GSD?

Or is this question kind of irrelevant because GSDs come in so many different temperaments? Furthermore, this question may be irrelevant because maybe all breeds have a standard temperament that isn't matched by another breed?

Maybe when I mean temperament, I mean the standard.

The one thing I guess I want to know, is if there are other breeds that have the guarding/alerting behavior? My husky (again, I think) and most northern breeds don't have this trait.
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The one thing I guess I want to know, is if there are other breeds that have the guarding/alerting behavior? My husky (again, I think) and most northern breeds don't have this trait.
My Dalmatian is the first to growl and the first to bark, he is always on alert. The Dalmatian is a guarding breed.
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Top of my head I would say Dobbies? Rotties would seem reasonable but I know many of Rotties so I'd say no. Boxers are working dog but ...uh no!
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Top of my head I would say Dobbies? Rotties would seem reasonable but I know many of Rotties so I'd say no. Boxers are working dog but ...uh no!
I agree with Dobermans. They are always on alert, they make excellent guard dogs, IMO they are better than GSDs when it comes to guarding their property.
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I agree with Dobermans. They are always on alert, they make excellent guard dogs, IMO they are better than GSDs when it comes to guarding their property.
Yup!!! You're right about dobbies and rotties being high alert guard dogs. I can't handle their slobber though. And the ones I know are even more anxious and cooky than Zeeva. IMO they also require a bit harsher hand than a GSD (not that I'm looking to get another dog)...So their nothing like a GSD in other aspects. Right...?
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Yup!!! You're right about dobbies and rotties being high alert guard dogs. I can't handle their slobber though. And the ones I know are even more anxious and cooky than Zeeva. IMO they also require a bit harsher hand than a GSD (not that I'm looking to get another dog)...So their nothing like a GSD in other aspects. Right...?
My cousin's Rottweiler was absolutely disgusting, ICK! Drool everywhere, farted all the time, messy, stinky dog. BLECK!

I think the GSD is the best breed in the world but that is pretty much based off of my GSD. He is a terrific dog and everything I ever wanted so I think that is the best breed but Dalmatians are my 2nd favorite and Dobermans are my 3rd favorite. I would like to get a female Doberman in the future.

IMO all 3 are very intelligent breeds, they all require a good amount of exercise although Dobies and Dals often require more exercise than a GSD, they were all bred for the purpose of guarding whether it was sheep, horses, stage coaches, equipment or people. They all have a strong bonding instinct with their people, all 3 are velco breeds that need to be wherever you are and all 3 are powerful breeds.

When my friend and I get our dogs together it is the perfect pack, 2 Dobermans, a GSD and a Dalmatian. They are great together.
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imho, dobie are closest, but there is no other breed like the gsd. akita, although a great looking dog are not close to a gsd.
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Believe it or not my oldest golden is the one to do the alerting. My youngest golden has the same play style as the GSD's, because that is what he learned as a puppy. As far as loyalist and stamina I would go with the Rotts , dobes , and pits.
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Not typical, but our last lab was very GSD like. Aloof, guarding, not soft mouthed in the slightest, great with kids, confident etc... She took care of "business" a few times too, cornering a thief in our garage and grabbing hold of peeping tom by the coat. She had a muscular blocky build, but she was not as athletic as my gsds, nor as smart either.
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I have heard that Beaucerons are very GSD-like. Pretty too, but not as much as our GSDs!
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