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12-20-2013 10:55 AM
DJEtzel I definitely prefer a GSDs energy to a sporting dog's energy. Typically, well bred herders settle better and think a little more than sporters. Something to keep in mind. I couldn't live a sporter because they are such vibrating, springy dogs.

That said, I have a GSD who loves to swim (we dock dive!) and gets along great with people and dogs. He is not a social butterfly and doesn't interact or play/love being pet by people, but he accepts them just fine after some training and is pretty bomb proof with other dogs.
12-20-2013 10:40 AM
Originally Posted by JakodaCD OA View Post
ddr sorry if you thought I was directing at you,,I wasn't and yep I know we were both saying the same thing.

Oh I know you where not directing it at me, but I was agreeing with you haha.
12-19-2013 07:35 PM
selzer Both breeds are very popular and have suffered from the popularity.

Bird dogs and herding dogs are very different. Both have size and energy and intelligence and need plenty of exercise and training. The GR, if the breeder is good, will likely have an easier personality around people of all ages, sexes, types, etc. A GSD might challenge you more in one way or another.

Either can be a great dog for a beginner.
12-19-2013 07:29 PM
JakodaCD OA ddr sorry if you thought I was directing at you,,I wasn't and yep I know we were both saying the same thing.

12-19-2013 07:16 PM
middleofnowhere I've never had a golden. My vet in Wyoming had them. Her last dog was difficult to housebreak. Friends in Arkansas had one or two. One didn't get along with their male shepherd. They have a reputation for being easy, happy go-lucky dogs. I've heard that they are developing more behavior problems, too probably a product of popularity.
I've had GSD Xs, a Samoyd, a who-knows-quite-what, and several GSDs. None of them were dumb dogs, GSDs were very "reasoning" dogs. They were able to solve problems pretty quickly and it was delightful to watch. One of my GSD Xs was great at solving problems, the other was too focused on pleasing me to excell at solving problems. The Samoyd, a northern breed, had her own agenda of course.
I think more than the breed, it is important to get the right dog. (Meaning the right dog for you at the time.)
12-19-2013 07:02 PM
Originally Posted by JakodaCD OA View Post
really? was that statement necessary? (alexg)

Did it contribute anything to the OP's questions?


Why post if you don't have anything helpful to say?
Thank you, thats what im saying too!
12-19-2013 06:55 PM
JakodaCD OA really? was that statement necessary? (alexg)

Did it contribute anything to the OP's questions?


Why post if you don't have anything helpful to say?
12-19-2013 06:50 PM
Originally Posted by alexg View Post
It looks like you don't/didn't have GSDs, you have mutts.
By calling a dog a Mutt especially in a very offensive way is making you sound like a mutt yourself.

mutt (mʌt) n 1. an inept, ignorant, or stupid person
12-19-2013 06:43 PM
Originally Posted by blueangele View Post
I had crosses, not mutts, the current one is pure bred though. And the other ones showed every personality trait of a GSD, including the smarts. No need to get nasty, I was just putting in my two cents worth of the possible personalities.

That speaks highly of your commitment and dedication to all the furry friends you have had.

Way to go !!

12-19-2013 06:41 PM
SuperG I have had 3 German shepherds over the years......and I would suggest a GSD requires sincere dedication on behalf of the owner. Yes, I know, nary is there a dog which left to their own devices, ends up ideal....but a GSD requires commitment.....lots of it, especially through the first two years. If you are willing to do that, you will have the most wonderful dog one could ask for. And by commitment, I do not mean simply feeding it and tending to it's minimal requirements. If you commit to those first two years and throw your all into it, you will have the most loyal, dedicated dog you could ever want....but then reap what you sow. The nice thing about this approach is, regardless of what breed you choose, you will have a winner. I sense you will have a wonderful dog !

As others have said, you are very wise doing the research up front and if I could turn the clock back, my first dog ( Irish Setter ) would have benefited so much more had I done the same as you are doing currently.

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