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04-25-2014 08:36 AM
Originally Posted by Btoddw2 View Post
My first thread so I'll introduce myself a bit. Like most people out there I'm just a big creeper that's rarely involved in forums. Or should I say actively. I've been reading and researching here since my first wlgsd about 4.5 years ago which I recently lost and have been devastated. But my new girl is 4 weeks away from joining my family can't wait to see which girl is picked for me. Also working lines. But I digress...

Which breed do you believe is rehomed the most, if it were originally obtained as a puppy, and why? I realize the gsd is one of the top couple akc regersterd dog each year(which gives it more chances to hit higher numbers), but what percentage do you think are rehomed. Apparently in the UK the GSD is one of the most "rehomed" dogs unfortunately. I'm just curious of numbers here in north america where breeding has obviously lacked in tempermate and nerves in most showlines, and probably some claiming to be"working lines". Also, do you think its because people are biting off more than they can chew so to speak. Say a novice, or just any handler with a high drive dog that's taken by complete surprise? Or has the poor breeding of thousands, if not tens of thousands of back yard bred dogs created poor tempermates, conformation, and nerves causing dangerous situations or situations people are just uneqquipped to deal with.... Maybe true working lines are as often rehomed as byb lines due to people not knowing what to expect. I don't know.. either way its just to bad if the gsd truly is rehomed that much

I don't agree that most showlines GSDs lack in temperament and nerves, if that is what you are saying. I might have misunderstood.

I do agree with your point that there are too many poorly bred GSDs and also that people don't know what they are in for when they get a German Shepherd. GSDs are so different to raise than a lab (my last dog before my GSD was a lab). I would hope that people getting non-byb GSDs would be prepared some by the breeder and have resources available to help them. My breeder went over how I planned to train my puppy and recommended trainers in the area.

and just as a pure guess - I think pitbull/pitbull mixes are the most rehomed. At least around here that is what seems to be available.
04-25-2014 08:25 AM
petite I don't often see full GSDs available at shelters in my area. There are occasional mixes but the overwhelming majority is pitbulls and chihuahuas.
04-21-2014 12:39 PM
LaRen616 This shelter is closest to me, they mainly have Pit mixes all the time.

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04-21-2014 12:19 PM
Lilie I would think it would be difficult to really get a solid statistic as to which breed is rehomed the most. Too many shelters label dogs Lab mix or GSD mix when they really aren't sure what the bred is. As long as it's over 30 lbs. it tends to become Lab mix or GSD mix. I think Pits are being called Boxer mix if there is a possibility that the dog is a bully breed. People don't seem to be afraid of Boxers.
04-21-2014 12:08 PM
SummerGSDLover The ones I see the most are APBT, lab x, Australian shepherd x, and senior dogs of all breeds. So sad.

04-20-2014 10:42 PM
Kaun Where I am there's endless Border Collie mixes as well as Lab or Icelandic Sheepdog mixes (those two usually being mixed with the BCs). There was a Husky craze a few years back but I see fewer of them and yet there's still always something.

I'm actually pretty amazed by how few GSDs pop up. They're fairly common, I frequently see puppies for sale and yet I almost never see any up for adoption. I do know some get re-homed through their breeders if they're young enough.
04-20-2014 09:07 PM
Btoddw2 Thanks for all the input. I can see many of those breeds unfortunately winding up in shelters or rehomed. Seems like a lot of pits and gsd mixes in my area.
04-20-2014 03:25 PM
Chip18 Chihuahuas don't surprise me at all. Tiny mouths bad attitudes, and no or little training! Face it if your a dog the size of most peoples shoes and you'll still get in the face of a dog 30 times your have to have a "big pair" fixed or not!
04-20-2014 11:04 AM
sit,stay Although statistics can be averaged across the whole country, regional trends will dictate what anyone find in their own local shelters.

Here it is Pit Bulls ("PB" and mixes), Cattle Dog mixes (and some PB), Border Collies (PB and mixes), Labs (PB and mixes) and Chihuahuas (mostly PB, but some mixes). These are the breeds or predominant mixes that you can walk into any area shelter and be guaranteed of finding.
04-20-2014 10:28 AM
lovemygirl According to this source: Dog Breeds Commonly Found in Animal Shelters - PawNation the breeds most commonly rehomed in the US are pit bulls, boxers, rotties, dachshunds, border collies, GSDs, Jack Russells, chihuahuas, beagles and labs. At shelters I've volunteered at, there have been a lot of pits, boxers, rotties, bulldogs, dobies, and beagles. Seems like a lot of the smaller dogs get snapped up quickly - and then often returned
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