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post #31 of 66 (permalink) Old 05-27-2014, 08:04 AM
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I thought they only came in black/tan or white and I am not a fan of either color so I really didn't care for them much. I heard great things about the breed and I knew that they were smart, easy to train, large, intimidating and powerful but I didn't like the looks of them.

Then I saw a black GSD on tv and that was it, I had to have one.

Now I love blacks, bicolors and sables but I appreciate a nice dark red/black GSD.


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post #32 of 66 (permalink) Old 05-27-2014, 09:06 AM
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"Just out of curiosity, what did you think about gsds before owning one?"
My father brought a GSD pup home that was born on the exact same day as me. So I do not have any memories prior to owning one. My grandparents had them, my parents had them, and now I've already had a few of them myself. Since early childhood they have always been my favorite.
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I was afraid of them and didn't really want to get close to one.

As a kid, we had a next door neighbor who had two huge males. They jumped the fence and chased my sister and I across our yard barking and snarling and nipping at us. My sister was bit, I got away ok. (not sure how, my memory is fuzzy. I do remember a lot of slobber though...)

They ended up having the dogs put down after that incident.

It wasn't until I met my husband that I turned around and now love them. My husband had a 10 year old GSD when I met him. He was the most gentle and loving dog I've ever met. RIP C-Zar.
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I thought they were magnificent dogs that were unbelievably smart and loyal to their family.
However, I also know there were nervy ones out there, so I never had the courage to approach someone with a GSD. I now do

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I like good dogs any which way, but growing up with GSDs and GSD/Xs there was never really any other choice.
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Always heard stories about how unpredictable and aggressive they were. A gsd was the last type of dog that i ever thought id own and was very happy with my little toy breeds. Now, I can't imagine not owning one.

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I always thought they were smart and majestic looking. However, I was nervous about owning a big dog! Our pup is not grown yet, but I am enjoying him very much. And I was right, he is a smart and majestic animal!
I've enjoyed the tv show "Saving Private K-9" about heroic military and police dogs. Often, they are GSD's. It makes me like the breed even more.
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Well, I never viewed them as being viscous beasts. I had family members with GSDs, and they were all very athletic, intelligent, and friendly. Young children could play with them.
I've always admired their appearance and elegant movements.


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After having my daughter, I was a bit put off by any dog that had the propensity to bite. It's just the parental/mom thing. My priority was not taking any chances.

Then I researched a little and I feel differently now.

EDA- by propensity to bite, I mean do serious damage like a large dog. however, I would have had no problem whatsoever killing any dog that snapped at my kid. I've lightened up a little since she was an infant
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I used to think they werent really a pet. Where I grew up, they weren't very common as a pet. Occasionally I would see one as a guard dog. And of course Their reputation as a police dog certainly made me think they were more dog than i could handle. I just wanted a pet. Just a normal average pet owner, not one to put a dog in the yard, but I'm not into revolving my life around a dog either. So I didn't really think about it much.
Then years later I wanted my own dog and looked into different breeds and saw people like me keeping them as pets. I just kept trying to learn more, but wasnt sure since I had no intention of showing or joining a training club. Tried to meet a few and just really was impressed by everything about them. Haven't looked back!

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