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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Would a German Shepherd be good for me?

Hello all. I am very very very interested in GSDs, and so far have liked what I have seen, but I am curious as to what others think about the compatibility of GSDs and my lifestyle.

First, what I look for in a dog: Fun, loving, loyal, somewhat protective (warning barks), and not overly friendly with strangers.

I also know that GSDs are high energy. I'm a pretty active guy. I jog and go to the gym. I don't think I'd have a problem exercising a GSD.

So what do you think? Would a GSD fit the bill? Are you dogs loyal, protective, and aloof? Do you think they would go with anyone who had a treat? lol

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My dog would absolutely go home with anybody that had a ball, and she is a well bred, West German Working Line shepherd training in schutzhund. Each dog is going to vary in temperament, energy level, and personality. It really depends on the dogs genetics and how much time you are willing to put into them.

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Hello and welcome to the forum.

My male is a very friendly dog, he loves everyone, cats and other dogs, but he has proven that he will protect me. He is American/West German Showlines, he is very smart, very easy to train, has low/medium energy and is very calm and relaxed inside my home. My male would not leave with anyone offering him a treat.

My female is also very friendly, great with kids, people, cats and dogs, she has protective instincts, she has a big, deep bark. She is Czech/West German working lines, she is smart, a little more difficult to train, has high energy and is only calm and relaxed inside the house if she is chewing on something or if she was heavily exercised that day. My female would leave me for a treat in a second.


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LOL.. Ill second LaRen on the inside behavior. My female and I went out and trained our retrieve and heeling for about 45 minutes (which in Arizona is quite a bit of time!) and for an hour since she has still had her ball in her mouth and keeps putting it in my lap and panting on me. I think she JUST layed down, still with the ball in her mouth, and will probably be back here shortly. She does not settle very easily and CONSTANTLY wants to go.. even with doggie daycare, training, bicycling, rollerblading, walks, and swimming.. she is still FULL of energy! It is unearthly. She would protect me and has very nice levels of aggression, but only in appropriate situations. She is also great with kids (though strikes like a cobra when playing ball, so kids can not have toys around her) and loves my cat. She likes to chew on the cats head occasionally but never in a harmful way.

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1>>> fun, loving, loyal. yes
protective; some are some aren't.

2>>> my dog is a couch potato in the house
and active when outside.

3>>> my dog is loyal. not protective and very friendly.

4>>> my dog won't go with you if you have a treat
but that was part of his training.

you can train your dog to be whatever kind of dog
you want but you have to train and socialize the dog.
i don't depend on my dog for protection. i protect
my dog. whatever it is i want to be protected from
i want my dog protected from it also.

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Hello all. I am very very very interested in GSDs, and so far have liked what I have seen, but I am curious as to what others think about the compatibility of GSDs and my lifestyle.

1>>> First, what I look for in a dog: Fun, loving, loyal, somewhat protective (warning barks), and not overly friendly with strangers.

2>>> I also know that GSDs are high energy. I'm a pretty active guy. I jog and go to the gym. I don't think I'd have a problem exercising a GSD.

So what do you think? Would a GSD fit the bill?

3>>> Are you dogs loyal, protective, and aloof?

4>>> Do you think they would go with anyone who had a treat? lol
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Rocky:
Loyal, yes-- he's scared of strangers. Protective, no. He's afraid of his own shadow. Aloof, yes. See above. Go with anybody who had a treat? No. He's too scared of strangers to take anything from them

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Loyal, yes. If you're not a friend of his, he doesn't care anything about you. Protective, getting there. He's still a bit young yet but already barks at strange noises and people on the property. Aloof, yes. Go with anyone who had a treat? Depends on how good the treat is.


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1>>> fun, loving, loyal. yes
protective; some are some aren't.

2>>> my dog is a couch potato in the house
and active when outside.

3>>> my dog is loyal. not protective and very friendly.

4>>> my dog won't go with you if you have a treat
but that was part of his training.

you can train your dog to be whatever kind of dog
you want but you have to train and socialize the dog.
i don't depend on my dog for protection. i protect
my dog. whatever it is i want to be protected from
i want my dog protected from it also.
I'm not looking for my dog to attack anyone or anything. I would just like a waning bark when someone rings the door and/or is walking around my house, for example.

Another thig I've wondered is, how are GSDs in the sense of humor department? I've heard that german shepherds are pretty serious dogs and whatnot. This true?

And also, how do you train our dog to be friendly with new people, but rather aloof, and indifferent? I hate that my current dog acts like every new person is god lol , and I just want a dog that I feel is loyal and won't just run off with anyone
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Ziva: loyal, very protective and 24/7 action-not big on cuddling.
Tessa: loyal, very protective, lazy until she needed to be active-one big cuddle.

I think that if you have the time, space and patience to be a parent to a dog who has the intelligence of the average 5 yr old then yes, if not then you might want to rethink it. Everyone in here can give you a run-down of their dog but the fact is each is different and they are shaped to an extent by their environment. Unless one of us lived in your house, you'd never get a true answer. Have you thought about a rescue? They would already have some training and you'd have an instant support group to help you and the dog adjust. They may even be able to let you and the dog try each other out for a week to see if you fit well. (it wouldn't hurt to ask)
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Another thig I've wondered is, how are GSDs in the sense of humor department? I've heard that german shepherds are pretty serious dogs and whatnot. This true?
My male is a huge goofball, he makes me laugh daily.

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What do you mean by aloof but friendly? They're kind of oppposite. I have one hilarious goofball and one not so much.


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