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Hi everyone, I've spent some time reading stickies and searching for threads on this forum, but I still need help. I live near Seattle and am starting my investigations into GSDs as a family pet and guardian. We live on 17 acres and are thinking a GSD could be a good deterrent and alarm when predators (coyotes, mountain lion, bobcat, black bear) or strange people come near us or our kids. We have a Border Terrier (15lbs), elderly lab, two kids (3yo and 11yo), and chickens that are always in a fully enclosed run unless we let them out for brief periods while we are out with them. We have experience training our lab in agility and citizenship, and are willing to train the GSD. Open to a puppy or adult, though my preference (all things being equal) is for an adult given that we already have one toddler to deal with! Thanks in advance for any help!
 

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Do you have a preference male/female? Not always the case, however some female gsds can be more difficult to assimilate into a household with other females.
 

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I don't know whether I should have a preference. My elderly lab (nearly blind and deaf) is female, and my 5yo 15-lb border terrier is male...if that matters.
 

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Get in touch with SentinelHarts German Shepherds for either a pup or possibly an older pup to fit your criteria
Not in WA but near enough for you?
 

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We live on 17 acres and are thinking a GSD could be a good deterrent and alarm when predators (coyotes, mountain lion, bobcat, black bear) or strange people come near us
I live on PNW property similar to yours. Please don’t expect a GSD will be able to be a good deterrent to a pack of coyotes or a cougar. (Black bears generally don’t pose a real risk).

A *guardian* dog would probably be a better option for you if this is really what you want, perhaps an Anatolian Shepherd.

If you have your heart set on a GSD, then he will just be a small part of a larger defense scheme, including fencing, bright lights, a surveillance camera system pointed outward (plus alarms and signage to deter most humans), neighbors working together, bear spray and most likely a shotgun if it gets to that point.

A GSD working solo doesn’t stand a chance against a cougar, pack of coyotes or an armed human.
 

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I live on PNW property similar to yours. Please don’t expect a GSD will be able to be a good deterrent to a pack of coyotes or a cougar. (Black bears generally don’t pose a real risk).

A *guardian* dog would probably be a better option for you if this is really what you want, perhaps an Anatolian Shepherd.

If you have your heart set on a GSD, then he will just be a small part of a larger defense scheme, including fencing, bright lights, a surveillance camera system pointed outward (plus alarms and signage to deter most humans), neighbors working together, bear spray and most likely a shotgun if it gets to that point.

A GSD working solo doesn’t stand a chance against a cougar, pack of coyotes or an armed human.
Thanks for the reply. I wouldn't expect the GSD to fight animals/people, but instead to alert us and hopefully deter an attack. I'm curious whether others agree that a GSD would not be a good deterrent to coyotes or a cougar?
 

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I live on PNW property similar to yours. Please don’t expect a GSD will be able to be a good deterrent to a pack of coyotes or a cougar. (Black bears generally don’t pose a real risk).

A *guardian* dog would probably be a better option for you if this is really what you want, perhaps an Anatolian Shepherd.

If you have your heart set on a GSD, then he will just be a small part of a larger defense scheme, including fencing, bright lights, a surveillance camera system pointed outward (plus alarms and signage to deter most humans), neighbors working together, bear spray and most likely a shotgun if it gets to that point.

A GSD working solo doesn’t stand a chance against a cougar, pack of coyotes or an armed human.
We also live in that area. A GSD most likely will be killed by coyotes, cougar and maybe even a large bob cat, trying to protect the kids and then the kids will be in danger.
I actually have to protect Deja against these predators by keeping her close by when we are on the trails.
 
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