Well... i'm probably a little different, but I learn absolutely as much about everything I choose to engage in... dogs, career choice, how to replace my boat seat cushions, how to make my yard look better etc..
You are a little different and that's not a bad thing!
I'm talking average Joe/Jane off the street. Realistically how much can we expect them to know about their pets? I like knowledge myself. I read a lot and know a little about a lot of different things. But I'm no expert. Nor do I feel it necessary for a pet owner to know that the breed was first exhibited in Germany in 1882 or that Max von Stephanitz was the guy who created them.
I just get the feeling at times that a lot is expected of the average pet owner around here so I really want to know where is the line? What are the important things to know about this dog before buying or rescuing one?
The easy things: How much exercise does this dog need?
How much should I feed it?
What health problems should I be aware of and look for?
How big will it get as an adult? (This one can be problematic for the GSD? Cause talking to different people will get you many different answers)
But then what else? Well with the German Shepherd people will need to know that there are different lines. Show and working. and within each of those lines we have American and German. In working it gets even more complicated because there is Czech, DDR, and others heck I don't even know them all. Then we add in the other Shepherds Shilo, King, Dutch, Berger Blanc Suissie and is it any wonder pet people are confused? Then there are Alsatian which are German Shepherds and Malinois which are a different breed entirely.
So where is that line? How much do I need to know before I go buy or rescue a shepherd and where is one place that I can learn all that info before I buy? Well other than here!
I have been reading here for about 2 years and I know I've only scratched the surface.