|03-04-2014 01:12 AM|
Most of the time people "think" they want a GSD but they are not really prepared to deal with all that entails.If you get the wrong dog, wrong temperament in the dog and wrong training. Your Puggle is not gonna stand up to any mistakes if you any of this wrong!
High rank drive was my downfall I had Boxers, Bull-mastiff/Pit and Boxer/ Pitts as dogs for the last 15 years and my High Rank drive GSD was my only real challenge! All my other dogs did not have high rank drive as a breed characteristic.
Won't even mention the people aggression because that was solved relatively easily solved by me (not expected!!) but solved, with a sound dog and the right training.
Further reading for you.
(Elements of Temperament, by Joy Tiz )
Gonna say that alot of folks "think" they want a GSD but don't realize what all that entails, if what you really want is a dog that looks like a GSD..check these out
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|03-04-2014 12:28 AM|
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As far as your first question… From my personal experience owning Czech line shepherds… they are wonderful family dogs and protectors. They are aggressive and territorial towards strangers but I can trust them in the company of my child any day. They are smart, loyal to the death, and bonded deeply to my family. Strangers are in for trouble though. This has to do with the bloodlines I like. Lots of different types of GSD out there.
Only concern I'd have is being able to nurture your puppy while taking care of your children. It's gonna be tons of work for the first few months. Getting educated on how to take the right precautions is also an investment. It's not easy having these types of dogs. Family dogs are definitely easier than a working dog. There are GSDs that are "family" dogs too. I can only speak for working lines.
|03-03-2014 10:40 PM|
|Jrnabors||They shed constantly and if they are "high strung" like mine they can be nearly impossible to train. I don't know anything about the other breed you are looking at, but my GSD has not been what we'd hoped for. Will be going with a different breed when she's gone.|
|01-30-2014 03:59 PM|
|01-30-2014 07:34 AM|
There are 4 different Sennenhunds, or Swiss Mountain dogs. The Bernese is the most popular in the states. I have trained a few and have yet to meet one that displays the common traits of a LGD (Kuvasz, Ovtcharka, Anatolian...) but they all came from pet breeders. None of them would ever become OB superstars, but they were great family dogs.
My personal favorite Swiss Mountain breed is the Entlebucher. Nice, versatile breed for someone looking for a smaller dog.
Some information on the 4 breeds.
|01-30-2014 07:09 AM|
I can't believe I'm being this much of a stickler, but the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a different breed than a Bernese.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
OP, I'm just curious, what is it that is drawing you guys to the two breeds? You're looking at some pretty different temperaments, there. You're getting a lot of info on GSDs, so I'll just throw in a little about the GSMD. They're a livestock guardian breed, which means they were bred to have a natural protective instinct. I don't think they're as bad as some of the more hard-core working livestock dogs out there, but you have to be VERY aware of what that protectiveness entails. Where a GSD is protective but bred to focus very much on a handler, livestock dogs are bred to literally live out with their flock. They ARE bred to be very gentle with whoever they are raised with, but not bred to focus on a handler. They are meant to make their own decisions on when to be protective because a predator can attack in the middle of the night and they need to follow instinct without waiting for commands.
What this means for pet owners is that the dog needs RIDICULOUS amounts of socialization. It takes a little more effort for training because the dogs aren't as naturally in tune with people. They will be super wonderful and loving with the family they're normally around, but can really easily develop guarding problems over "their" property. This can be as harmless as barking at people who walk past the house, or as dangerous as getting protective over your children while they're playing with friends. You really need to be diligent about not only taking the dog out of your property regularly for socialization and training, you want to actively work on training this type of dog to accept strange people in your house.
Like I said, I think this breed doesn't have as many issues as other livestock dogs, but you still need to be aware of the potential. They might look sweet like a lab or a golden, but they are definitely different dogs.
With a 4 month old baby at home (which is an awful lot of work!) you really want to objectively look at your situation, the time you want and can realistically invest into training, and the traits you're looking for in a dog. With your current dog, you might have a stubborn trainer on your hands (beagles and pugs are not really known for their smarts! haha), but neither dog is going to be naturally protective or aggressive. Now you're looking at two breeds that both have the potential to go pretty poorly unless you're really diligent with training. It's a really great idea to make a list of the things that are MOST important to you in another dog, then start picking out breeds that fit in that list. Not saying either breed necessarily ISN'T a good fit for you, either, since I don't know about your history with dogs or how much you want to invest in training! Just that it's good to think of all these things.
Also, don't forget that adopting an adult can be really great! You'll already have an idea about the temperament of the dog, so it's possible to find a dog that has the potential to be more difficult, but that will fit in well with your family. Good luck on your search!
|01-30-2014 12:37 AM|
|Harry and Lola||
I think it is great you are considering whether a GSD is the right dog for you before you actually get one, hopefully you will be able to make an informed decision and not be disappointed in the future.
In terms of food, training, loyalty, and socially for a GSD, my experience is that they are not great eaters, an adult male can be on about 2 cups (220grams) and 1 to 1 1/2 cups for a female a day. Training - they are generally a breeze to train, very intelligent dogs that usually want to please you and really enjoy doing a job such as obedience exercises. Loyality - when I think of this word I immediately think of a GSD, they will be loyal, your friend and protect you always. Socially - now here is where you will experience different opinions, mainly based on the GSDs temperament, but my experience is that they are social with other dogs and people as puppies, however from about 1yo they can and do develop fears, insecurities and don't necessarily enjoy the company of other dogs - they only want to be with you. So if you are a person that would like to frequent dog parks and expect your dog to behave and run around playing with other dogs, a GSD may not be the right one for you.
With the Swiss Mountain dog, I assume you mean the Bernese Mountain dog, I have never owned one, but I used to see one at an all breads obedience training group and he was a lovely almost goofy type of a dog, not easy to train compared to a GSD, was as though he just didn't have the same intelligence but was every dogs friend and very playful, not to mention very good looking.
|01-30-2014 12:18 AM|
I have a breed profile book. For Swiss Mountain dog it referred me to the Bernese Mountain dog. "potential for extreme shyness can lead to a fear-based aggression this is difficult to modify." "it is trainable, but patience and precision are crucial", "we do not recommend this breed for families with children because of the potential for aggression".
Gsd from same book, ""makes a great family pet when properly trained, and it will love and protect your children almost to a fault. It can be suspicious of your children's friends, which could lead to a biting incident if the child shows fear or flight". "Children are okay provided no roughhousing or chase games are permitted".
|01-30-2014 12:16 AM|
|galenkpreston||The cost of the food is totally depends upon food brand. And training cost is also vary according to the trainer. So if you love your GSD then forget about the money. But don't forget Best Tips to Clean Pet Stains.|
|01-29-2014 11:24 PM|
We feed our GSD pup blue buffalo large puppy breed. People think we're crazy for how much we spend on our food but her health is super important to us. It does get expensive between food (since she goes through it so fast!) and the training cost have definitely added up. But I would say if you don't plan to put your GSD in training classes or anything.... Probably go with a different breed. Or getting a GSD **COULD** be a very bad experience. That's just my personal opinion. Good luck finding the right breed for you.
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