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04-22-2014 11:03 AM
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The temperament/personality of a German Shepherd depends on the breeding purposes, as well as the care put into breeding. Some breed for friendliness, some breed for sport (Schutzhund or police work). When it comes down to it, genetics play the main role in aloofness or friendliness, though it is equally important to socialize. An unsocialized GSD will most likely have many aggression or fear issues.

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04-22-2014 12:17 AM
Lobobear44
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All of my GSDs have had unique personalities. Some more friendly and out going than others. My own take on a dog who loves everybody is its special person may not be so special.

You bond with the dog through feeding and grooming and training and they are likely to make the right choice. You get a dog and go off to college and find out it must stay at home with mom and dad, well, they will probably bond more strongly to them. A well bred GSD can change its allegience ....... MWDs get moved from handler to handler frequently.
Well I'm going to a community college part time. Might just get an associates degree... Not sure, plus be a dog trainer or vet tech or both. Happens a lot is more close by thn you think in the Bay Area.
04-21-2014 11:28 PM
selzer I find GSDs to be very individual in so many thing, but I think the word I would use in response to the aloof concern is tolerant. My dogs jump up on me and seriously solicit pets, and praise, hugs, etc. They do not do this for people other than me for the most part. If they get to know a person better than a chance acquaintance, like my nieces, they may enjoy the attention. But for the most part, they don't jump on others, or pester them for pets, etc. But they are extremely tolerant of people's overtures.

The AKC standard calls for a dog that is aloof but approachable.

I think that a lot of people use "aloof" as an excuse for reactive behavior. And that is too bad. Because "aloof" should not mean that a dog is dangerous or a nuisance.
04-21-2014 10:59 PM
IllinoisNative
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GSDs are cat-like dogs. They tend to be reserved and mine is not a velcro dog although she does like affection. That distance of theirs doesn't make them an ideal dog for someone who wants the constant company of a dog. While a GSD may be reserved, they more than make up for it in boundless loyalty and devotion to their owner.
You think a GSD is aloof until you have a chow (which I have). Chows are cat-like. GSDs are not. GSDs may seem cat-like compared to a Golden Retriever...but what breed doesn't suffer from that comparison?

You can't pee by yourself with a GSD. My chow? Couldn't care less. LOL
04-21-2014 01:54 PM
mego
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Why does aloofness make you nervous? GSDs are supposed to be aloof, and among the ones I know/have met that were bred well (bred by good breeders using dogs with good temperaments), they do tend to be aloof. That doesn't mean overly suspicious. Think of it more in terms of being "neutral". My 5 year old male is a good example. If he doesn't know you, you basically do not exist to him. You can call to him, talk sweet to him, pet him, and he won't care but he may never acknowledge your existence and if I walk away, he will follow me. If you KNOW him, he will be happy to see you, lick your face, and want to interact with you but if you are a stranger it's like he can't even see you. He has no desire to interact with you.
This exactly describes Lara.

Idk the gsds I've been close to have all been different in some ways. My friend's is a huge softie, mine's a hardass, etc. It's too hard to lump them all together
04-21-2014 01:44 PM
Jax08 All living, thinking, beings will have individual personalities. Temperament may be similar. Some traits bred in (aloofness). But they all have different personalities based on genetics, training, individual experiences. No different than humans.
04-21-2014 11:51 AM
Lilie All of my GSDs have been different. But they all have the same underlying charecteristics. One of the reasons I keep going back to the breed.
04-21-2014 11:49 AM
jocoyn All of my GSDs have had unique personalities. Some more friendly and out going than others. My own take on a dog who loves everybody is its special person may not be so special.

You bond with the dog through feeding and grooming and training and they are likely to make the right choice. You get a dog and go off to college and find out it must stay at home with mom and dad, well, they will probably bond more strongly to them. A well bred GSD can change its allegience ....... MWDs get moved from handler to handler frequently.
04-21-2014 11:44 AM
wyoung2153 IMO it is all based off the breeding and temperment the puppy comes from and to a certain extent, how it's socialized and raised.

I wouldn't say that Titan is generally like every other shepherd.. he's velcro in the sense that he wants to be in the room, but only wants to be pet on his own terms. He doesn't play with toys unless it's fetch.. that's it. He is watchful and aloof, sometimes more than he should IMO and he doesn't play with other dogs. Doesn't hate them just doesn't see the fun in it.
04-21-2014 11:43 AM
HarleyTheGSD I have two German Shepherds, and they are complete opposites. Both are velcro type dogs, though my 19 month old male is much more affectionate; he wants to cuddle and be rubbed and pet. My five year old is not really affectionate; he doesn't want to be touched all the time, he just wants to be right next to me.
My younger male is also very aloof towards strangers. He will not allow anyone he doesn't know/like in the yard. Though once he gets to know someone, he allows their entrance, and he wants them to pet him.
One person, he hates. This person is the only exception. He's arrogant, loud, provoking, and cocky. Varick has met him numerous times, and still, he will not allow this kid in the yard.

The temperament/personality of a German Shepherd depends on the breeding purposes, as well as the care put into breeding. Some breed for friendliness, some breed for sport (Schutzhund or police work). When it comes down to it, genetics play the main role in aloofness or friendliness, though it is equally important to socialize. An unsocialized GSD will most likely have many aggression or fear issues.

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