Re: can someone tell me what it means......
My understanding of the term is that it means the dog is born with a temperament that makes him fearful, skittish, or even agressive at times when a normal GSD would not show those reactions.
I guess you could say it's like a mental illness. It's not something that the dog can help, or has control of. I think a dog can have a bad case of weak nerves, or just a little. In the wrong hands and in the wrong situation, a dog with weak nerves that lashes out in fear agression could be very dangerous.
Training, socializing and conditioning to situations can help improve the way a dog responds--whether they have "weak nerves" or not, IMO. But a truly weak nerved dog is one that you might not ever trust 100% how they will respond to a stressful situation. A good breeder wouldn't breed a dog that showed evidence of weak nerves.
I'm sure there are breeders/experts here that could explain it better. But that's my understanding of what it means.
St. Louis, MO
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