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Old 05-15-2014, 12:03 PM
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if you talk to ER Docs, they will tell you, the most common dog bites are from gsd.

Cause Police Depts use GSDs to Track and apprehend Fleeing Criminals. And even fleeing Criminals are entitled to medical attention.
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I live near Los angeles, too many people with Pit bulls and shepherds just thrown into the backyard all day with no socialization. No wonder these dogs are getting bad reps. I have a friend that lives in South central, I can drive down her street and easily count 5 pit bulls on chains. People are using them to protect their property and are glad they are aggressive, if it gets out and bites anyone. It is abandoned as they will deny its their dog.

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Old 05-15-2014, 12:28 PM
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GSDs have always had a bad reputation with vets. I blame backyard breeding and clueless ownership. You see enough badly-bred, untrained, unsocialized GSDs and you tend to lump them all into that category.

On the upside, if you have a well-bred, trained and socialized GSD the vets will praise you endlessly and say they wish all GSDs were like that.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:29 PM
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GSDs have always gotten a bad rap. In the 50s and 60s GSDs had the reputation not unlike that of today's Pit Bull. In those earlier years Police Dogs, Rin Tin Tin, Bullet and the Littlest Hoby did a nice job of making the best GSD K9 heroes. Today's K9 awareness and education has certainly made terrific in roads and it continues for the people who want to know, but the dunderheads will never change.
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hoby, hard to argue with stats. imho, is mostly bad breeders who do not screen prospective puppy buyers and of course, less than top quality dogs.
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A GSD is a formidable canine...as are certain other breeds.

The perception of GSDs by those who are not "dog people" or those who have not been exposed to the breed has merit. Since the GSD is such a popular dog and has the genetic "engineering" to be an intimidating creature it only makes sense that they represent one of the higher percentages to inflict injury to humans.

Most people who become nervous or scared around larger breed dogs most likely do not exhibit the same trepidation around smaller breed dogs....and even if some smaller breed dogs may be more prone to bite, there is still a difference. The difference is the lack of human fear/anxiety which I truly believe fuels the fire at many times which results in a dog bite.

It seems completely understandable to me, why many folks are frightened by large breed dogs such as a GSD.

Owners pounding their chests and proclaiming that they can put their GSD on you in 2 words, doesn't help matters either. Yes, I know this is not the norm but it screws things up for the rest of the GSD owners. Somebody telling a story about somebody they knew who was bitten by a GSD goes much further than the story about the gentle giants most of us own....however that does still not negate the fact that a GSD comes with a complete "set of tools" which can make it a very powerful and aggressive dog.

Imagine how the pit bull owners must feel....or the responsible ones I guess.

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GSDs have always had a bad reputation with vets. I blame backyard breeding and clueless ownership. You see enough badly-bred, untrained, unsocialized GSDs and you tend to lump them all into that category.

On the upside, if you have a well-bred, trained and socialized GSD the vets will praise you endlessly and say they wish all GSDs were like that.

This. GSD's are VERY popular where I am, but it's rare to see a well-bred and/or well-trained one. Luckily since we're in farm-country and they're so popular, nobody bats an eye anyways.
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if you talk to ER Docs, they will tell you, the most common dog bites are from gsd.
Interesting, every time i hear about someone in my area being bit by a dog on the news its a Lab.

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Old 05-15-2014, 08:20 PM
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One thing I have noticed, people either love them or hate them. There is not much in between.
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I don't see GSD's to much when I'm out and about. We had one that used to come to the vet that was really aggressive. His name was Sarge. He had to be muzzled and one time the owner put the muzzle on wrong, it was not a good situation. The vet gave her tranquilizers for him. The next time they came and he was tranquillized and he still was putting up a fight. The vet had to go out to the car and give him his rabies shot through a window that was open enough for him to do so, the owner had to hold the front end of the dog. I have never seen a vet move that fast to give a shot . The dog was eventually put down due to aggressiveness, I don't think he ever bit anyone but if he did he would have killed them. He was just not right

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