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03-02-2014 09:29 AM
Blanketback If you get a dog that's been raised in a kennel, then it probably won't want to be in the house anyway. One of my neighbors has a GSD that was imported from Germany as a stud but he didn't have the drives that the breeder wants, so he was rehomed. Supposedly, this dog is absolutely miserable when he's cooped up indoors because he'd rather be outside - that's what he's used to. Maybe you could import one of these? I'm sure this dog would love your set up.
03-02-2014 07:45 AM
JakodaCD OA never said, or didn't mean to imply if I did, that you'd send the dog off if something went wrong or it wasn't up to your expectations.

It boils down to this, no one can predict how any puppy/dog is going to adapt or not adapt to the situation you describe.

I wouldn't leave my dogs outside at nite, but that is ME, others do it with no problems, but again, depends on the dog. To many factors come into play.

I guess it would depend also on finding a good breeder , which may be hard in Brazil?

Are there any breeds that have good availability down there?

One thing that pops in my head, do you crate train? You could always get a crate, feed/crate the dog at nite inside? Even a garage?

Just a suggestion
03-02-2014 12:56 AM
Charles T Richard
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Originally Posted by pjwerneck View Post
So, I recently moved to a small town with my wife and 2 year-old daughter. We're living in a house with a huge yard, 10 feet walls and fences, and we're thinking of having a dog. I'd like to have a dog that can be a good family pet, that can bond with my daughter as she grows up, and as a guard dog, since we already had a break-in attempt. I had a weimaraner in the past, and I considered getting another one, but I don't think they make very good guard dogs. I'm considering a German Shepherd now, but from what I've read about it in books and on this forum, I'm not so sure about it.

1. I don't plan on keeping the dog chained in the yard unless we have strangers visiting, but I don't like dogs inside the house all the time either. It's fine for them to get in and out when they need something, or to stay for a while when we are doing some family activity, but they must live and eat outside. We have a small winter garden inside the house where he can stay when it's too cold outside, but that's it. Couches and beds are definitely out of limits. I've read that GSDs are more prone to separation anxiety and may get too anxious if left to sleep outside. Is that true?

2. On the other hand, both my wife and I telecommute, so we're at home most of the time. Every once in a while we'll both go on business trips, so the dog will be alone for a few days, although he'll be familiar with the janitor who will feed him when we're not around. Would that be a problem?

3. The house is on a corner, and we have these huge walls around the whole perimeter, but where it borders with the sidewalk, the wall has holes in it, and the dog can see the people walking around. There's a school nearby, so lots of kids, not to mention a bus stop a few steps from our gate. From what I've read, the GSD may be stressed out by watching those people moving so close and may bark at them all the time. Is that true? Can we avoid that with adequate training?
Simple answer, NO.
03-02-2014 12:53 AM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by pjwerneck View Post
leave it completely unrestrained when there are strangers around, as some people were suggesting I should do.
Somebody said that??
03-02-2014 12:50 AM
Chip18
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I'm beginning to believe the GSD actually can be a good dog as any for my family, but I'll have a very hard time to find a good one.
I'll just say he'd be fine in the living room but as you say that's not the point.

But finding a good one is very important! That above all else is key!
03-02-2014 12:46 AM
Chip18
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I'm realizing that. The book I read led me to believe GSDs were generally more prone to separation issues, but from my talks with owners and breeders, it's not nearly as dramatic as I imagined. Frankly, from what most people have told me here and in other places, it's pretty much the same I've seen in most other dogs.

The only dog I had who wouldn't act like people say the GSD would was a Brazilian Fila, but they are a lot more serious and independent than any other dogs. Having a dog is like having another child in the family, but having a Fila is like having an old uncle sleeping on the couch. They have a very pragmatic and non-nonsense approach to everything. It's actually funny how serious they can be.
Uh Oh don't go there GSD and Molosser very diffrent..my mistake! I was a Molosser guy first!
03-02-2014 12:41 AM
Chip18
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Your post is fine Alice. Don't worry about it.

Hello: I'm Andy and I'm glad you're here.
Ditto!
03-01-2014 10:31 PM
pjwerneck
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I do not want to argue with anyone over this matter. I am just telling you about the norm in my country. Our climate is the same throughout the year. We don't have winter or summer or autumn or spring. Just warm and humid weather all year long. Perhaps that is why the gsds here don't mind staying outside. But we are careful enough to make sure it has a comfortable home to stay. Mine has a kennel large enough for her to walk in it with a cooler in it to cool her down during hot days. She even has a small garden to herself.
As I said, I live in Brazil, but it's a mountainous southern region, so the summers are very warm and humid, but the seasons are well defined and winters can be very cold. I plan to build a kennel outside too, but we have a winter garden inside the house where the dog will be allowed to sleep during winter if outside is too cold.

What actually seems to be the issue here in Brazil isn't as much the weather as it is to find a reputable breeder. I've been offered more than one GSD when word was out that I was interested in buying one, but they had no papers, no health and temperament history on the parents, and some wouldn't even allow me to see the parents. I'm beginning to believe the GSD actually can be a good dog as any for my family, but I'll have a very hard time to find a good one.
03-01-2014 09:32 PM
pjwerneck
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No one is saying let him in your bed, I think what people are trying to understand is what is the difference between the dog being kenneled outside... or kenneled in the house?
Trying to understand that is the problem. Don't try to understand that. You won't. That's not the issue here. The issue is how much of a problem that would be for a GSD.

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Also, my only other key sign is how you keep saying you will never trust any dog...
No. You're extrapolating something I said regarding a very specific situation to a general one. I said I don't trust any big dog enough to leave it completely unrestrained when there are strangers around, as some people were suggesting I should do. I've seen that end badly, and it's easier to blame something else after it happened. This doesn't mean I don't trust the dog as a companion, this means I don't trust his judgement of what is a threat. Don't be offended by that. I don't trust most humans for that either.
03-01-2014 09:20 PM
pjwerneck
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To the OP. The key is the dog you ultimately select. A strong nerved stable GSD can be what you want whether others kike it or not. A nervous dependent one, well that won't work.
I'm realizing that. The book I read led me to believe GSDs were generally more prone to separation issues, but from my talks with owners and breeders, it's not nearly as dramatic as I imagined. Frankly, from what most people have told me here and in other places, it's pretty much the same I've seen in most other dogs.

The only dog I had who wouldn't act like people say the GSD would was a Brazilian Fila, but they are a lot more serious and independent than any other dogs. Having a dog is like having another child in the family, but having a Fila is like having an old uncle sleeping on the couch. They have a very pragmatic and non-nonsense approach to everything. It's actually funny how serious they can be.
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