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DH and I took Rocky for a ride a little while ago. DH and Rocky were in the car while I ran in the store. I always leave the windows where he can stick his head out and look around. As we were backing out of our parking space a guy pulled in next to us, and looks at Rocky and says Big looking dog you got there. UM it is a GSD are they supposed to look small? LOL

Just curious, what kind of dumb comments have you heard about your dog?
 

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I have long coats and at least once a week I get,

"What breed are they?"
 

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It's kind of funny, nobody here in GA seems to know what a sable is. When Holly was a puppy, the office manager at my job asked us "if she has German shepherd in her" when my boyfriend brought her by for a visit. I also heard one teenage kid say to his buddy that Holly must be the product of "a black German shepherd mixed with a white German shepherd." At least it keeps us entertained!
 

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Not so much dumb comments more like peoples dumb actions ...

When adults allow and don't teach their children not to walk up to dogs they don't know. That really gets me. You teach your kids not to talk to strangers, go up to strangers but what about dogs?!? And, then when I say, "Sure, you can pet her but pet her here" They say to me I can't believe you bring your dog here if she is vicious!!! (They say this when I don't allow the kids to pet her on her face) I ALWAYS say in response ... it is my responsibility to make sure she doesn't do the unthinkable. That is my responsibility as a pet owner. Is Ava vicious .. NO. But, she is a dog that is protective of her owner and she has a mouth full of sharp teeth. So, sue me for being cautious.
 

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Sighhhhh. I had a 4yo male blue eyed, (black)sable & white Siberian Husky. I then got a 5mo male red Irish Wolfhound pup. FerCrissake people actually asked me if the IW pup was the Sibe's mother! the 2 breeds look NOTHING alike. It's as though they never heard of DIFFERENT breeds...(Note, though the Sibe was smaller he was very, very clearly lead dog. The iW rarely moved until the Sibe set the course.)
 
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Dumbest one yet?

(looking at Frigga - an average sized 65 lb female Sable)

"Is that a coyote?"
 

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"Is that a REAL shepherd?" Um, no, they're fake.
 

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I got pulled over for speeding by a local county sherrif's deputy one day when Meeka was around 5 months old. She was very happy to meet a new 'friend', and got on my lap, nose out the window all exited, tail wagging, and the officer said "Will he bite?"
I just said "SHE is a pup and only bites when she's playing."
 

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Originally Posted By: GSDadDumbest one yet?

(looking at Frigga - an average sized 65 lb female Sable)

"Is that a coyote?"
A Coyote?!
Oh, good lord...!

I certainly can't top that, but I walked into the vet's office once with Alomar, who was sporting his muzzle, and some guy who was sitting there in the waiting room with his little Bichon asked "Does he bite?" I just looked at him and said "No, I'm just afraid he might lick someone to death." lol. Idiot.
 

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I've been asked before if Trace is a mutt. I don't have papers to back it up because he was a rescue. I politely explain that he is, in fact, a pure GSD, only sable instead of traditional black & tan which is what most Americans are used to seeing. Some believe me, some don't...I really don't care.

Funny thing, I don't have papers, but he's got to be one of the best bred dogs I have owned - great nerves, wonderful temperment & very high drive. I knew he was going to be a great dog the day I met him. I love my mutt!!
 

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The other day sarge and I were out for a ride and get some lunch. I stopped at a light (sarges window is down). I didnt see the guy on the bike comming up on sarges side really close to the jeep. Sarge saw him for sure and was watching him. He gets right beside sarge and it apparently it was a little too close because sarge never barks at people.

Anyway, the guy could have reached out and touched sarge and sarge does one of those 3 barks in under a second things. The guys bike wabbles and he almost falls off, at the same instant he mentioned a few words I cant repeat here. Sarge scared the HOLY CRAP OUT THAT GUY, I say holy because he did mention jesus christ fairly quickly.
 

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I used to have a Maltese with very long hair sweeping the ground when I was growing up. I child asked me "does he have wheels?". I guess the legs did not show.
 

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i was at the dog park with my friends red doberman puppy when a woman said "i know she's a dobie, but why is she brown?" my friend explained that its just her color... her father was red and her mother was black... the woman responds "oh okay, that makes sense... she'll turn black when she gets older then". we corrected her and said that no, red was indeed her color - the womans response (i guess since we were just 'dumb teenagers' in her eyes) "no, you'll see - some breeds color change when they get about 7 or 8 months old"

Ash is now 6yrs... and still red
 

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The little girl next door told me that my dog "is mean b/c it's big, and all big dogs are MEAN!" However, she is only 6, so the dumbest comment award actually goes to my vet, who told me that purebred shepherds that have shown usually are very nervy and have poor temperaments.
 

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^the receptionist at my last visit just said that... "wow, she's not nippy like most shepherds" i said "nippy?" and she said "well you know, they're usually really nervous and high strung"

its sad to hear. all 4 of my gsd (all being rescues) have had excellent temperaments with people. i hope i continue to be as lucky.
 

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looks at Rocky and says big looking dog you got there.
Originally Posted By: DSuddDH and I took Rocky for a ride a little while ago. DH and Rocky were in the car while I ran in the store. I always leave the windows where he can stick his head out and look around. As we were backing out of our parking space a guy pulled in next to us, and looks at Rocky and says Big looking dog you got there. UM it is a GSD are they supposed to look small? LOL

Just curious, what kind of dumb comments have you heard about your dog?
that's not necessarily a dumb comment. it's more of self observation. you know, when the sky is clear and we say "look how bright the moon is" or a wide receiver burns someone on the field and we say "he's fast". just the other day i saw a Yorkie pup. as i was petting her i remember saying to the owner "she's so tiny". there just passing comments. take them as hellos. be careful leaving the windows down so they can look around. that's a bad practice letting your dog stick his head out of the window. i leave our windows open just enough so they can put their noses up to the window for a sniff. i know the dogs love it but they're ok if they don't stick their heads out of a window. i saw a dog get smacked in the face from so over growth on the side of the road. plus i don't want people reaching in to pet them. it's also little intimidating to have to get in your car with a big dogs head hanging out of the window in the car beside you.
 

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I'm thrilled to know that stupidity isn't limited to my area!! I took Trixie to our pet store to pick out her goodies & some guy told his daughters to stay away "it's probably mean" my dd told him she is just a baby & she isn't mean. He still wouldn't let his daughter's pet her but for some strange reason had no problem letting his son see her.
I also constantly get the what kind of dog is that? I never had anyone ask me that with my other 2 GS's so i have no idea why they ask it with Trixie. I swear the next time i'm going to say oh she is a poodle
 

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i had a vet tell me that my pup was not the age i said he was because he was smaller than her shepherd that was the same age and didnt have his "back teeth-mollars??" in yet. this lady also told me that she wanted an oversized shepherd on purpose.

my boy is at the breed standard for his size and just in the past week or so has had all his back teeth cut...i still think i should email her a copy of the breed standard
 

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Butch OMG I almost feel out of my chair. That was great. I remember that happening to a friend when we were walking across the parking lot. She about peed her pants and it was a little dog not a GSD.
 

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Dumbest is the THREE canine professionals-- yes, dog trainers!!-- here in GERMANY who said that Grimm was "a Czech WolfDog."

There has only been *one* trainer who immediately identified Grimm as "Oh yes, one of those DDR/Czech border guard GSDs." He's the trainer we are going with, by the way!
 
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