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|06-30-2016 10:33 PM|
Always liked the breed since I was a child mostly because of the ears for one thing, and because of their jaw dropping intelligence, loyalty. Etc. My favorite breed use to be the Siberian Husky, but as I got older, many reasons changed that.. The main reason why, was because of my family friend who owned 3 GSD's and a Shiloh Shepherd, 2 of the GSD's were all black, the last one was a rich bi-color which I absolutely loved... The rich bi-color one named Zain was a big teddy bear, a big gentlemen... Absolutely amazing with kids and people, he never barked, he never growled, he never did any of that. He was friendly to everyone (very quiet), and approached everyone so kindly, strangers included... Unless his owner (our family friend) was suspicious of someone he would be very suspicious and protecting.
Years back, we were allowed to take care of Zain.. and my mom's friend (who's also a family friend) took care of the other two GSD's and Shiloh Shepherd... Because our family friend was hospitalized because of breast cancer, originally.. She was planning on leaving her dogs in the house by themselves... Until she got out, but I had begged my mom to allow us to take care of them, which she agreed to, so they came home with us.. That's when I truly fell in love with the Shepherd breed. As I got older I got Leo (seen in my profile picture), because I loved Zain so much.. Leo is also the same colour and coat as Zain.
That's what happen, always a lover from a start. Now, a proud owner, also a breeder.. I love shepherds so much, that I'll breed once in a while as a hobby, not for profits, and to improve the breed.
Honestly, amazing dogs.
|06-30-2016 09:37 PM|
|Michael W||My expectations stem from stories of my fathers German Shepherd from 50 years ago: fearless, intelligent, obedient. The breed seems to have suffered over the years from breeders who valued appearance over temperament.|
|08-27-2014 03:07 PM|
|Bellagrl||I never had a dog till I went away to college. My boyfriend bought a black gsd. I was blown away by its intelligence. It seemed like a human in a dogs body. 35 years later I am still an obsessed fan of the breed.|
|08-27-2014 02:15 PM|
on the farm my grandpa got my grandma 2 for protection while he would be out in the fields...my grandma loved those dogs. ( that was before my time but my moms stories of them)
My mom always wanted a german shepherd because of that and my dad was holding out for a collie so we ended up with a houseful of cats. Neither of them would bend so we didn't get either.
I've always sided with my mom and wanted a german shepherd and now at age 51 finally got one. My mom is now 92 and loves Roxy ...she has more pictures of her than she does any of us kids.
|08-27-2014 01:50 PM|
I never really thought of ownership. I knew they needed training and were versatile working dogs. I had a good view of them generally.
I grew up around chows and wolf hybrids. And hunting packs, normally beagles and walker hounds.
As a pre-teen I wanted to show Goldens or Samoyeds.
Though I have seen bad owners use them for ill, a big white shepherd with call name of "Spike" I grew up with was the bar for the breed.
After years of owning /showing animals requiring extensive grooming (and me allergic to dander no less..) I decided NO MO FUZZIES. Was fostering Mastiff, Pits, Vizlas..animals with easily bathed and slickered coats with easy to pick up hair.
And now.... I have a shepherd. From very plush wool lines, especially half Czech patrol Shepherd mum. She wears an apron, skirt and bib.
She is smart.. too smart. headstrong, testing . Strong, with a bite like a pit and athletic. Can I mold her to perfection? I do not know. But she is family now.
|08-02-2014 11:40 AM|
|RiverDan||For as long as I can remember I've always wanted a GSD. Just had to wait for the right timing. Now I have two.|
|08-02-2014 03:50 AM|
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|08-02-2014 03:46 AM|
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Writing as in writing a book??! That's great. Looking forward to reading your work someday.
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|08-02-2014 02:24 AM|
|A girl and her dog||
Before child: didn't give them much thought, I liked them, but was mostly neutral.
After child: scary!
Child no longer baby: love them. with caution.
|07-30-2014 12:35 AM|
Well, first off, in general, I remember when I was young, I used to be afraid of dogs; especially stray dogs (yes, there are stray dogs on roads in many countries). Once, I watched several stray dogs chasing my brother (don't know what he did) which eventually ended up with my brother running to the top of the family car with the dogs barking furiously at him. I don't remember what happened next, I was probably about 7 years old.
But ever since we've had our family dog, I've learnt so much about dogs and I guess the process of owning and caring for a dog led me to start liking dogs. Soon after, that "like" became more like "love" which can be described as whenever I see any dogs, I would think to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice to own that dog ?"
As for German Shepherds, I think they are awesome (most notably, I have always associated them to be law enforcement dogs)! They are just so bright and intelligent! I've been curious about the whereabouts of the GS breed and have spent some time reading and writing about the history. It is actually quite interesting!
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