The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Sounds great!! I son't see why your neighbour can handle and his parents can handle a GSD, but you can't? Especially since you are active and will be exercising the dog well?
Why specifically does he thing a GSD will be too much to handle for you?
Adopting an older male is perfect. A one year old is still a puppy though, so lots of energy, lots of wanting to play with you. In addition to planning on walks and socialization, line up some good training classes. Even if the dog already had the basic puppy classes, taking classes with you will strengthen your bond, teach you all about dog training, get him out for socialization, and because it is fun!
Do you know what type of GSD the one year old is, and anything about his background?
Some are very mellow and easy to live with, others are more high energy and a bit more challenging, but if you are comitted, neither should be a problem.
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