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Old 02-17-2013, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my first 4 1/2 month GSD a few weeks ago from an old woman who was trying to train him as a guard dog at only 8 weeks old! But she gave hime to me because he was "too timid". I am wondering what type of german shepherd he is not that it matters, i'm just curious soi can know what i got myself into
To me i think has has a large head and thick legs and everyone seems to say that his paws are enormous. He is about 20 inches up to the shoulder amd i havmt weighed him since we were at the vet but i picked him up and he feels like hes at least 40 pounds. He has tons of energy and i take him out for 5-610-15 minute walks a day and go out and play fetch for about 45 - 60 minutes a day and he still is a energetic little bugger. On his paper it says his sire is rocco von hochlandenge and his dam is chara von hochlandenge but i don't know anything about looking up pedigrees. I just wanted to know id he was an american show line german show line or a working line. Any feed back would be most appreciated. I have various pictures in my album but im not sure if that will help
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know nothing about pedigrees, but wanted to say he is a great looking pup. I'd bet the "too timid" is just under socialised. Congratulations on your new pup!
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Can you post the pedigree? He is from working lines for sure, being a dark sable (and absolutely gorgeous!). I googled von hochlandenge but did not come across any info that I could use. Perhaps there are others on the board that recognize the kennel name.

He is working lines. As to whether he is from a pet breeder that breeds dark sables for pet homes because that is what is popular lately, or from a breeder of working line dogs who still breeds to maintain the breeds' integrity, nerve strenght, and working ability, I do not know, and cannot know without the pedigree.

At any rate, he is a VERY nice looking boy! He is much better off with you, as he be will loved and appreciated for who he is. Ridiculous that the lady that had him didn't want him because he was too timid. HE IS STILL A BABY FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE!!! Let him grow up, enjoy his puppy-hood, and mature into a confident, outgoing adult before expecting protection out of him, geesh!

Oh well, her loss and your gain!
The energy level you describe is typical of working lines. You are doing pretty good so far with your exercise/play schedule to meet his needs. Make sure you get into obedience classes, and/or some activity like tracking, agility, nosework, etc, to exercise his brain too. I bet he will just love it, and so will you!
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Thanks. The timidness pretty much went away after a few days he now runs up to other people and dogs on leash. Sometimes he barks and wags his tail and sometimes he just sniffs. Hes only timid around strangers when they visit the house. He runs behind me and sits but im not petting him or anything i just ignore him and give the stranger special treats that i dont even give him. Will this timidness eventually go away or will it turn into aggression?
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Im new to pedigrees. Ive only had a mixed dog as a child and i just have the names of his parents to go. I plan on putting him in classes once he gets his last round of shots in a week but what type of special training should i give him so when i start working. Im going to graduate pharmacy school in a couple years and was wondering where i can put him so that were both working while im gone
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looks like a working like gsp very nice pup
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Will this timidness eventually go away or will it turn into aggression?
The answer is the usual "that depends". Depends on his basic genetic temperament, the amount of positive socialization you can give him, and your skill at building his confidence up.

So far, there is no indication that he will become aggressive. I don't know how much socialization he received at the breeder's before the first owner got him, and I suspect that since the previous owner was trying to make him into a protection dog at 8 weeks of age, he probably didn't get a very positive introduction to the big, wide world.

The good news is that he is already improving, so I would say that at core, there is a good, confident dog in there. Also remember that you have only had him a very short time, so continue on with what you are doing and give him time to adjust to his new situation. I don't believe that there is such a thing as a dog that is "too friendly", so keep socializing him and giving him lots of new, positive experiences, without overwhelming him.
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Im new to pedigrees. Ive only had a mixed dog as a child and i just have the names of his parents to go. I plan on putting him in classes once he gets his last round of shots in a week but what type of special training should i give him so when i start working. Im going to graduate pharmacy school in a couple years and was wondering where i can put him so that were both working while im gone
Sorry, not sure what you mean by "where to put him so that we're both working while I'm gone?"
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Thanks for all your advice but i want to be able to drop him off somewhere where he can work while im also at work. What would you suggest, a service dog or should i find a farm and ask the owner if i can lend him a free herder every day haha
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I just dont want him to get bored at home as i will probably be workinf a 8-9 hours a day and will only be able to play with him early morning and at night when hes older
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