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05-21-2014 09:04 PM
SuperG As has been said...GSDs have a reputation as being aloof....this characteristic strictly comes from a human evaluation based on human emotions.....I'd challenge the stereotype on the basis that "affection" shown by a dog in a dog's world is completely different than how a human expects "affection" to be displayed by a dog. The GSDs I have had show their "affection" in ways which has taught me more about the dog rather the dog learning a human emotion. GSDs are also stereotyped as "loyal"....this has more merit as loyalty is not so much an emotion as is affection.. I see a GSD's loyalty to an individual as the utmost display of "affection"...but that's just me....

For what it is worth...I am now on my third GSD and with this gal...I put the least amount of pressure on her to be "affectionate" and guess what...I have a GSD that is the most "affectionate" compared to her 2 predecessors....I'd guess there is a proverb about this.....huh?


05-21-2014 07:39 PM
Originally Posted by Ada.tedder13 View Post
I thought GSD we're suppose to be really attached to their humans and protect them.
They are. Some do protect their humans.

But they are not cuddly as puppies.
05-21-2014 07:30 PM
Not the only one

I have had a GSD for 4 days now and she just doesn't seem like she cares for me to much. My beagle is always wanting my attention, and always has wanted my attention. My GSD follows me around but won't let me hold her or love on her. Makes me think I am doing something wrong. I thought GSD we're suppose to be really attached to their humans and protect them.
05-14-2014 10:45 AM
devinh Awesome. I was just hoping I was doing things right by her. And I hopefully am. So for now I will just keep showering her with attention and play time and a new bone.
05-14-2014 10:43 AM
ana lucy hernandez He'll grow into the loving!! I think GSD's are like that! They love us to death, but they show it by protecting us! Wendy loves belly rubs, the works...but it took quite a while for her to "want it."
05-14-2014 10:41 AM
ana lucy hernandez
Cuddling and loving

Wendy was the same way. When I first got her, she was just under 12 weeks! She loved to play, never had an accident in the house (oopsssss...she had one cause I didn't "listen" to her request). But she did not like for me to pick her up. She was aloof!! Now, she's eight years old and loves to be "in your face" licking and putting her head and paws on my knees!! Just continue with the love. Your puppy knows you love her!!!
05-14-2014 10:36 AM
devinh Good. That puts me at ease to hear this is normal. I was beginning to stress about it. Thank you all for the advise.
05-14-2014 10:17 AM
Alice13 My 5 month old doesn't like being cuddled either. She squirms n tries to get free if I hug her. So, yeah, it is normal

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05-14-2014 10:15 AM
Galathiel Mine is now a year and it's only in the past few months that he has actually come up and solicited scratches (on his back legs and tail). He doesn't really care for hugs or head pats still. As a younger pup, he didn't even do the lean and rub (think cat) that he does now. I'm hoping that when he gets a bit older, it will grow. Some dogs are more affectionate than others. That's just their personality. Doesn't have anything to do with their bond to the owner. And sometimes they grow into it.
05-14-2014 10:13 AM
Gretchen My dog has never been cuddly - period, she is 4 yrs old. Don't worry about it. My dog loves to be with me, just not too close or on me. She begged me to take her to work yesterday, i think it's boring for her, but she wants to be close. Maybe this is how your dog will be.
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