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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-18-2011, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Should I get a GSD?

Hi I have been debating on a dog breed and want to make the right choice. I lost my beloved sweet furbaby a Akita/Chow/lab mix in 2009, she was about 13 1/2 years old, she was the most perfect dog and my dream dog. I adopted her when she was a about 9 week puppy and I was 13. She was Beautiful, very smart, very loyal, very protective, playful and loved to talk like chewbacca, she also was very tolerant and gentle with our cats and a wonderful and serious watch dog. She had all the qualities I'd want in a dog. I have been debating on on either to getting a full Akita or full German Shepherd. When I was a toddler we had a white German Shepherd and he was a wonderful boy!! I'm totally confused on which breed to get now, I have gotten many akita books and german shepherd books but still am even more confused now hehe. I want a dog just like my babygirl, I am still having a hard time with her loss! I have heard many things about pure breed Akitas attacking other people pets or that they can't ever be off lead even when they have been well socialized and that concerns me and makes me wonder if a german shepherd would be a better choice instead. I want a large breed that is talkative, very loving, very loyal, very protective, has a sense of humor and that can be around other cats and dogs. Can anyone give me any suggestions? Do any of you guys german shepherds talk or woo woo? Can they be off lead? Do yours get along with other dogs and cats? Do yours get a close bond to one person? Thanks so much for reading my post!!! Any help or info would be really appreciated! Thanks so much! ~Fuzzy~
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Fuzzy I am by far a pro but I can tell you my experiences with the GSD as i have grown up with them and now have one of my own. First off the GSD is not a dog for a person who can not invest a lot of time in training, excersizing, socializing them the are a very loving talkative gods who genneraly IMO keeps to their one person but loves their hole family, my dog is part of my family and would protect every one of us but if you have read my posts can be quite a hand full in her young stages so again it falls back to being patient (my wife is not) and putting the time into them to mold them into the dog your looking for. I am very sorry to hear of your loss but please remember every dog no matter the breed is going to have its own personality and you may never have the exact things you had in you passed dog
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I think you would be more willing to find those things in a GSD. I have also heard many negative things about modern day Akitas not being too friendly with other animals and roaming. Depending on the lines though, a lot of GSDs do not do well with the same gender dogs outside their pack upon maturity.

I would personally feel more comfortable having a GSD around cats, kids, and dogs. I know there is an exception to every rule, but that is my take on it.

That said, do you know enough about GSDs to know that you want one, and would you be able to fulfil their socialization, training, and exercise needs?

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Hi I have been debating on a dog breed and want to make the right choice. I lost my beloved sweet furbaby a Akita/Chow/lab mix in 2009, she was about 13 1/2 years old, she was the most perfect dog and my dream dog. I adopted her when she was a about 9 week puppy and I was 13. She was Beautiful, very smart, very loyal, very protective, playful and loved to talk like chewbacca, she also was very tolerant and gentle with our cats and a wonderful and serious watch dog. She had all the qualities I'd want in a dog. I have been debating on on either to getting a full Akita or full German Shepherd. When I was a toddler we had a white German Shepherd and he was a wonderful boy!! I'm totally confused on which breed to get now, I have gotten many akita books and german shepherd books but still am even more confused now hehe. I want a dog just like my babygirl, I am still having a hard time with her loss! I have heard many things about pure breed Akitas attacking other people pets or that they can't ever be off lead even when they have been well socialized and that concerns me and makes me wonder if a german shepherd would be a better choice instead. I want a large breed that is talkative, very loving, very loyal, very protective, has a sense of humor and that can be around other cats and dogs. Can anyone give me any suggestions? Do any of you guys german shepherds talk or woo woo? Can they be off lead? Do yours get along with other dogs and cats? Do yours get a close bond to one person? Thanks so much for reading my post!!! Any help or info would be really appreciated! Thanks so much! ~Fuzzy~
Gsd's are great dogs. a german shepherd meets all the needs to listed. and i wouldnt suggest an akita if you are looking for a dog who is friendly to other dogs. and i say this with experience(ive had a couple of unpleasant encounters with akitas in a dog park.)
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If you expect the new puppy to "take your other dog's place', I suspect that you will be very disappointed and the new puppy will not be too happy. the new dog will be a completely separate being with her/his own personality.

Not too mention that as the years pass, the old dog will morph into something just short of perfect! At least ours did just that.
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I like mine. He's pretty neat.
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If you expect the new puppy to "take your other dog's place', I suspect that you will be very disappointed and the new puppy will not be too happy. the new dog will be a completely separate being with her/his own personality.

Not too mention that as the years pass, the old dog will morph into something just short of perfect! At least ours did just that.
Well said.

Even before I lost Gunnar, I knew I would never be able to replace him. I wasn't even sure if I would EVER be ready to get another dog. I'm still in a state of shock over finding a very nice dog so soon.... and even more shocked that his name is almost the same. I've managed to convince myself that "Gunner" is a completely different name than "Gunnar" though. He seems to know his name & like it just fine, so I may as well let him keep it. Calling him "Gunner" isn't as hard I thought it would be. I know he isn't Gunnar, and I don't expect him to be. I'm actually glad that he isn't much like Gunnar at all; I would like to continue to remember Gunnar as the very special and unique dog that he was.
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Thanks everyone for the info!!!!! You guys are terrific!!!!! Please don't worry I know a new dog will be totally different in personality and I will love it just the same. Just like people animals are all totally different too. I guess I'm talking about "traits" I'm looking for that most each "breed" would have. Even though then again I know each one is different and theres all exceptions to the rule hehehe. I love all doggies and have been around and cared for different breeds and mixed breeds. Right now I'm leaning towards a GS, since the well socialized and trained pure akita dog aggression concerns me. My girl did not like other dogs but she was polite and would listen when I wanted her to move from them. I think it was the hyper dogs that really she didn't like and I would always watch her closely with small dogs, although she never did anything to them. I would socialize a new puppy and possibly do dog agility. I used to do some agility with my girl but in my back yard and always loved it and I think she did too. I have always loved training dogs. I want a dog that wants to be me with my 24/7. Thank you all so much for the advice!!! You guys are great!!!

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personally i would steer clear of akitas but like i said, thats a personal opinion. all the qualities you're looking for in a dog, you, for me, just described a GSD. They're an amazing breed and i cant ever imagine my life without at least one. GSDs are an addiction. Proper training and socialization, you can have the best dog in your world. I wouldnt trade my dogs for anything. i honestly think the best way to know for sure if a GSD is for you, is to meet various dogs, learn about the different lines, talk with owners. They really are great dogs and could fulfill everything you're looking for.

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Since you don't know a lot about GSDs yet it might be a good idea to look into your local rescues and foster a GSD maybe you'll end up with a foster failure

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