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09-12-2014 03:34 PM
briantw
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Originally Posted by WateryTart View Post
It might be that I just didn't notice, but I never saw GSDs around when I lived there. It could also be that people in Uptown Charlotte had a lot of labs, boxers, and mastiff type dogs - I do remember seeing tons of those, and I rarely left Uptown.
I'm in South End and I see them pretty frequently. There's at least on other one in my apartment building and, living right on the light rail path, I see people walking them by all the time.

Uptown would probably be trickier to slip them past an apartment complex ban because you have to walk by the front desk in most buildings to get to the elevators. Most of the places in South End have multiple entrances and exits to the point where you can literally never even bring your dog by the building's office, which is probably why so many people own restricted breeds in my building and all the others in the area.

You are right, though, that Boxers are crazy popular in Charlotte. I own a Boxer too, in fact. There are five or six others that I know of in the building I live in as well. Labs seem to be getting less popular (although lab mixes are still everywhere), but there are a ton of Goldens in the area.
08-20-2014 05:33 PM
WateryTart
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Originally Posted by briantw View Post
It might just be a product of where you live. I live in an area of Charlotte that is very dog friendly. When I take Sandor out, I mostly get compliments on how he looks, and when I take him to places like bars and restaurants in the neighborhood that allow dogs, everyone always wants to pet him and only a very small percentage of people (less than five percent, probably more like one or two) seem intimidated by his presence.

German Shepherds are fairly popular here despite being banned at all of the apartment complexes in the area that I know of (including mine, which is why on my lease agreement I'm the proud owner of a somewhat large Belgian Malinois). Then again, if people actually listened to those stupid breed restrictions in the first place half the dogs in our building would be evicted, as most of them are pit bull or GSD mixes adopted from shelters, and there is also another pure GSD, a Doberman, and at least one Rottweiler in the building too.
It might be that I just didn't notice, but I never saw GSDs around when I lived there. It could also be that people in Uptown Charlotte had a lot of labs, boxers, and mastiff type dogs - I do remember seeing tons of those, and I rarely left Uptown.
08-20-2014 04:45 PM
Neko When kids see Zeus, they yell POLICE dog or K9 and run over to pet him...
08-20-2014 04:41 PM
briantw It might just be a product of where you live. I live in an area of Charlotte that is very dog friendly. When I take Sandor out, I mostly get compliments on how he looks, and when I take him to places like bars and restaurants in the neighborhood that allow dogs, everyone always wants to pet him and only a very small percentage of people (less than five percent, probably more like one or two) seem intimidated by his presence.

German Shepherds are fairly popular here despite being banned at all of the apartment complexes in the area that I know of (including mine, which is why on my lease agreement I'm the proud owner of a somewhat large Belgian Malinois). Then again, if people actually listened to those stupid breed restrictions in the first place half the dogs in our building would be evicted, as most of them are pit bull or GSD mixes adopted from shelters, and there is also another pure GSD, a Doberman, and at least one Rottweiler in the building too.

Sandor is kind of a wuss when I take him places (he whines a bit from time to time), but he likes people and will go up and sniff them when they walk by and wag his tail when they pet him. I like taking him to social places where there aren't a lot of dogs (he's hit or miss with them, although very good with puppies), as he tends to be very calm and chill despite the fact that he's all energy at home. He's kind of the opposite of my Boxer, who is lazy at home and a social butterfly (must meet everyone in the room immediately) when I take him places.
08-10-2014 06:28 PM
Natural Beauty Farm
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if you talk to ER Docs, they will tell you, the most common dog bites are from gsd.
Don't know where you found that info. I'd say it depends where you are, in Atlanta I saw more collie bites in the 80's and bully's in 90's

In Virginia 99% of dog bites that come through my ER are lab's

I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV, I volunteer behind the scenes and do dog rescue, so when a dog bites I get called.
08-05-2014 06:09 PM
Keeno Beano
Is this the perception of German Shepherds today?

No one comes close to Keeno and I. They look at him but definitely do not approach or speak. He is totally black and I have heard people fear them more as they can not see the facial expressions. I do not mind if people stay away as most people bug me!!! .Lol
08-05-2014 04:43 PM
levous They are more mouthy than other breeds but, interestingly, I've read Labradors are the most likely to bite out of fear or anxiety. This is according to a vet in response to the general assumption that shepherds or pit bulls are the more dangerous patient.

My vet has never asked to muzzle my dogs before but when Bruno had his vaccinations, they asked if I'd be so kind as to place him in a muzzle.

While all three of my dogs look like they'll be the worst part of your day if you got on their bad side, only my Gsd has that "wolf" resemblance. It's deep in our biology to fear wolves. Don't be offended. That's very handy when have criminal crosses your path.
06-30-2014 09:43 AM
Alice13 Maybe that boy has had a terrible experience with an untrained gsd before. And you can't blame those people who get scared and avoid our dogs. Their size and wolf-like look can get intimidating sometimes. Even I would think twice before approaching another gsd as I am uncertain of its nature. That does not mean I think that all gsds are bad. It just feels like the right thing to do to avoid dogs we are not sure of, regardless of its breed.

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06-30-2014 06:37 AM
TommyB681 It makes sense a kid would think that with the 'police dog' image. I tell people most animals bite..
06-26-2014 04:57 PM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics I feel that's sad that any breed of dog gets a bad rap in some sense, because more times then not, it's the owner that is ultimately to blame. GSD's especially in my area have a bad reputation, especially after a pair of them went on a rampage for a couple of days attacking random people and charging police:
Woman attacked by 2 dogs in Pontiac - Fox 2 News Headlines

But I think the info for dog bites is kind of all over the place...I just read an article saying pit bulls caused the most bites/most damage overall. I think they need to lump in other data along with it. Sometimes a reported "bite" isn't as bad as they say. They are only using data that supports that someone went to the ER for a dog bite, not it's severity or the circumstances...
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