I have been around dogs for quite a while, and I was thinking about the pet peeves I have developed over the years relating to owning GSD's, and Malinois. When out in public, people have odd remarks. People have many misconceptions. In written form, people struggle trying to describe them. I just figured some of you would recognize some of these things as happening to you.
In no particular order:
1. "Wow, I've never seen a wolf up close." No, actually he isn't part wolf.
2. "I didn't know they came in black"
3. "Is he part German Shepherd?"
4. Anyone who incorrectly spells "shepherd" as: *shephard*, *sheppard*, *shepard*, or any other derivative thereof
5. "Does he bite?" (usually as someone is extending their hand forward toward the dog's face, or allowing their unrestrained child to run at the dog screaming.) Bad time to inquire.
6. "He's an Explosives dog? does that mean he can sniff drugs too?"
7. "I used to own a Police Dog. He was a big shepherd. He weighed 180 lbs. Why is yours so small?" (sure you did)
8. "Too bad they all have bad hips"
9. "What is his name?" Why does it matter? Will you like him less if his name is disagreeable to you?
10. Last but not least...in their best *dog trainer voice* they ask the dog: "Can you sit?" Dog looks at them strangely, as I calmly try to ignore it. Please don't try to train my dog. I usually respond that either he doesn't speak English, or act oblivious and say "Oh, he doesn't know that one yet"
I'm sure some of you can relate...