Hello to all members
this is my first post and am quit excited to be part of a GSD forum.
10yrs ago I decided that I was ready to commit to the ownership of a dog and when I was deciding which breed would be right for me I choose the German Shepherd Dog as firstly I was brought up around them so feel settled with them, secondly I wanted a dog who I could have a very close bond with and a I know how close a GSD bond is. also I wanted a dog who is reserved with people as I also liked the Golden retriever but when I read they LOVE everyone I knew they were not for me. I also wanted an active dog who will enjoy long walks, agility, tracking, find the toy game and more. and I have read how German Shepherds love to work with there owners. so one I decided on the GSD in 2006 I then went to discover dogs here in the UK in 2007 to meet some in the flesh and was reading every book and every website I could find on the GSD which was quit a lot of books I think I have read around 20 or more books
. after spending 3yrs reading and meeting Germans in the flesh and mainly doing my homework in 2010 until now I have been volunteering for my local GSD rescues so I can get to know the breed even more and to also learn of any downsides of the breed as well as all the good things about the breed.
with the knowledge I have learnt through reading up on the breed as well as my time at the rescue I feel like I am finally ready for my own GSD but I am now not sure as I was talking to a man yesterday who was walking tow GSD and I asked him about the breed and what it is like to raise a GSD and he told me that he was glad he had a Labrador first as he does not thing GSD are a first dog at all and that you would need to own a dog breed like a lab first so you know what to do when you get a GSD.
after this I started thinking and have even put the question in Google and have found many websites saying the same, so I wanted to ask you all if the German Can work for the first time owner or not?
if not why? why are Germans considered a bad choice for a Newbie as I have done my research and know what I am getting into and am going to be going to training class's, I know how important socialization is for this breed as well as physical and mental exercise. I am so dedicated to the breed and have spent 10yrs to really understand what I am getting into and to be sure that the GSD is for me.
what do you all think. I am at home all day, I live alone and I have no kids and don't plan on having any in the future.