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Does your Gsd have the typical temprament of a Gsd..?

So I was wondering this question as Nero seems to behave very soft soppy and a right goof when he is around me and the oh. We often call him collie wobbles as he has the temprament of one and acts like a labrador puppy at times.!

But when it comes to people knocking on the door or out on walks, he suddenly goes into typical Gsd mode..! To be honest its the only sort of time I think I have a Gsd is when we are out walking and meeting people in the park as he is cautios of meeting strangers, but after a sniff he is fine and wants to play.! So how are your dogs tempraments inside and outside??

Nero looks at me with eyes of love, he thinks Im far to wonderful to criticise or judge

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Bunny is a big suck around people. I wish she were more aloof. With that being said she is an awesome guard dog and protector. She alerts us to any suspicious sounds and I believe her to be a good judge of character. If Bunny shows suspiciousness towards a human then I trust they're bad news because it's so out of character for her. There have been a couple of situations were she has proven her protectiveness when needed and I saw what I consider her true "Shepherdness" come out.

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Max does what he should and alert when someone is here but then he is all about getting the guest to play with him. When out he shows curiosity towards strangers and if they request to pet him he is happy to let them. I have not seen yet where there has been anyone he was aloof with. It could be he has not meet anyone yet he felt he did not trust, he is also only 17 months old.

I do like that he is friendly, my last one I could not take any where and she had to be put away when company came.

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I think the desired GSD temperament on a walk is to simply ignore non-threatening strangers. Be neutral, neigther friendly nor agressive.

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Typical temperament is subjective. Something tells me there are more mediocre and bad GSD's out there than good ones. Typical is not the same as correct.

Do ours have the correct temperament for a GSD? I have no idea. They're well trained intelligent dogs that don't make spectacles of themselves in public.They're good guardians,fun to do things with and good companions. That's what we wanted, that's what we got.
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Typical temperament is subjective. Something tells me there are more mediocre and bad GSD's out there than good ones. Typical is not the same as correct.

Do ours have the correct temperament for a GSD? I have no idea. They're well trained intelligent dogs that don't make spectacles of themselves in public.They're good guardians,fun to do things with and good companions. That's what we wanted, that's what we got.
Pretty sure the standard states that a GSD should be somewhat aloof and not demonstrative but approachable. Haven't read it for a while.
Abby is pretty much that way until she is familiar with (has met a few times) a person, then she becomes demonstrative and it surprises them when they see the change. Most of the dogs I come in contact with are only one way and don't change/adapt as Abby does.
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I think the desired GSD temperament on a walk is to simply ignore non-threatening strangers. Be neutral, neigther friendly nor agressive.
Ditto, Nero pretty much ignores everything and everyone unless they come up close to us then he wants to go check them out and sniff at them. Maybe to see if they are play worthy.!

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Pretty sure the standard states that a GSD should be somewhat aloof and not demonstrative but approachable. Haven't read it for a while.
You're right. Here's the AKC standard. (more indepth than the one from the SV and the GSDCA)

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The breed has a distinct personality marked by direct and fearless, but not hostile, expression, self-confidence and a certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. The dog must be approachable, quietly standing its ground and showing confidence and willingness to meet overtures without itself making them. It is poised, but when the occasion demands, eager and alert; both fit and willing to serve in its capacity as companion, watchdog, blind leader, herding dog, or guardian, whichever the circumstances may demand. The dog must not be timid, shrinking behind its master or handler; it should not be nervous, looking about or upward with anxious expression or showing nervous reactions, such as tucking of tail, to strange sounds or sights. Lack of confidence under any surroundings is not typical of good character. Any of the above deficiencies in character which indicate shyness must be penalized as very serious faults and any dog exhibiting pronounced indications of these must be excused from the ring. It must be possible for the judge to observe the teeth and to determine that both testicles are descended. Any dog that attempts to bite the judge must be disqualified. The ideal dog is a working animal with an incorruptible character combined with body and gait suitable for the arduous work that constitutes its primary purpose.
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I forget who posted this article, but I LOVED it and enjoyed reading it.

http://www.vanerp.net/ilse/GSDINFO/E...emperament.pdf
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I forget who posted this article, but I LOVED it and enjoyed reading it.

http://www.vanerp.net/ilse/GSDINFO/E...emperament.pdf

Link didnt work for me.

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