Hello from the LoneStar State! I've been lurking on this site for months and thought it was about time that I introduce myself, my boy Kain, and thank everyone for contributing and sharing their knowledge & experiences about the GSD (greatest breed of all). I am a new shepherd owner, having only had my boy for 6 months, but am thus far completely amazed with this dog and couldn't have chosen a better companion. I have owned many different breeds in the past but none compare to the complete package which is the GSD. I have absolutely benefited from the wealth of information on this board and thank you all again. Now about my boy Kain. He is an 8 month old dark sable male weighing in at 67 lbs (is this a good weight for his age?). Past the landshark stage but still a little obnoxious at times. He's extremely alert, attentive, intelligent and very easily taught new things. He doesn't get all amped up for a game of fetch but his prey drive is still very much intact, he absolutely loves squirrels. He's a WL shepherd but probably will never compete in any trials of any type, as I don't have any plans of breeding him. He has all his basic obedience commands down pat and is very well behaved. He's even more of a water dog than my old lab was, never knew GSD's loved the water so much! I'm going to try to attach a photo to this thread, hope it works.