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I was walking Bear the other day and a boy about 8 or 9 years old said to me as I walked by " is that a German Shepherd?" I replied "yes" he then asked "Is he trained?" I said "yes, he is trained" he then says to me "Good, because if they're not trained German Shepherds will bite you.
I proceeded to politely tell the boy that any dog can bite if it's not trained, not just German Shepherds. I was kind of amazed that he specifically said this about Shepherds.
Has the breed gotten that bad of a rap?
What happened to the good old days where they were viewed as loyal family members and service dogs. Now a days I get more people that will cross over the street than to pass directly by me with my dog. It's all very sad.
 

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I find that most younger kids associate GSD's with the police and as police dogs. I also find that unless they get to know them, some are afraid of them because they are "police dogs", even if they are not. My own nieces and nephews thought this way, that of course has changed, but those were there thoughts.
 

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if you talk to ER Docs, they will tell you, the most common dog bites are from gsd.
My regular vet complimented me heavily on both of mine and their behavior, she said sadly they aren't the norm anymore but a welcomed sight.
 

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My regular vet complimented me heavily on both of mine and their behavior, she said sadly they aren't the norm anymore but a welcomed sight.

My vet says the same thing about my GSDs. Mine are a piece of cake at the vets, but apparently not the norm around here.


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I was walking Bear the other day and a boy about 8 or 9 years old said to me as I walked by " is that a German Shepherd?" I replied "yes" he then asked "Is he trained?" I said "yes, he is trained" he then says to me "Good, because if they're not trained German Shepherds will bite you.
I proceeded to politely tell the boy that any dog can bite if it's not trained, not just German Shepherds. I was kind of amazed that he specifically said this about Shepherds.
Has the breed gotten that bad of a rap?
What happened to the good old days where they were viewed as loyal family members and service dogs. Now a days I get more people that will cross over the street than to pass directly by me with my dog. It's all very sad.
I think the breed has always had that rap. Growing up, we always called them police dogs because that's mainly what our PD had and not that many people had them as pets around where I lived. I think it's more outwardly spoken because of all the media, internet, youtube and television shows that are around now.
 

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I frequently have kids asking me if Abby is a police dog, or recently a little boy asked if she was a "cop dog" I thought he said "hot dog" because it was a warm day and she was panting. So my answer of "well she is probably a little warm" confused the heck out of him. Thankfully my husband heard him correctly and said "no, she is not a cop dog". It surprises me that so many kids ask when my neighborhood has quite a few GSDs and GSD mixes. But this thread did remind me of when I was a kid and a neighbor had what I now know was a sable GSD (probably considered silver). His name was Bandit and he had a reputation for biting neighborhood kids (he was an outside only dog, but he did have free run of their fenced backyard which was large). I loved Bandit and often played with him through the fence and he never so much as growled at me, but he bit some of my friends on the hands/fingers as they would reach over or through the fence to touch him. I don't think the owners ever got in trouble, Bandit lived to a ripe old 12 or so, people just told their kids not to stick their hands through the fence if they didn't want to get bitten. Bandit's backyard backed up to mine, so I saw and played him almost everyday (he would bring tennis balls down to my side of the fence and leave them for me to come and throw for him :wub: ). Anyhow, sorry for that little trip down memory lane. I guess my point was that Bandit and his biting days were in the 80's and most people I knew had negative feelings about GSDs then. So I don't know how much has actually changed, at least in the last 30 years.
 

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My coworkers hate GSDS because most are poorly bred, poor handled, poorly trained. This equals fearful and bitey. Before people on this board argue, keep in mind that the very fact someone is on this board makes them above the norm. I've met few shepherds in the public world I would call "stable" or "well trained". Most of them I wouldn't trust not to bite me.

my german shepherds are held in high regards in my work place, well above the expected norm.

GSDS are NOT top biters though. That would go to dachshunds, chihuahuas, Jack Russells, cocker spaniels, through a study done that questioned thousands of owners and people that work in the animal industry.

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I find that most younger kids associate GSD's with the police and as police dogs. I also find that unless they get to know them, some are afraid of them because they are "police dogs", even if they are not. My own nieces and nephews thought this way, that of course has changed, but those were there thoughts.
This might be the result of elementary schools inviting police offers with their K9s into the school for education purposes. Kids can easily take things out of proportion.
 

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One of my first personal experiences with a pure bred GSD was when I worked at the vet and the vet owned one. He name was Mike and he was beautiful. My son would come to work with me and spend the whole shift in the back area playing ball with that dog. At the end of the shift the dog would bring my son back to me all tired out. That dog never left my sons side when he was there. It was a great experience for my son. My own dogs have that same personality and I often think of Mike.
 

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My coworkers hate GSDS because most are poorly bred, poor handled, poorly trained. This equals fearful and bitey. Before people on this board argue, keep in mind that the very fact someone is on this board makes them above the norm. I've met few shepherds in the public world I would call "stable" or "well trained". Most of them I wouldn't trust not to bite me.

my german shepherds are held in high regards in my work place, well above the expected norm.

GSDS are NOT top biters though. That would go to dachshunds, chihuahuas, Jack Russells, cocker spaniels, through a study done that questioned thousands of owners and people that work in the animal industry.

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I have two nicely bred very stable GSDs. However, I always muzzle my male at the vet. I really don't care what the perception is. There is something about the fact that the vets office always insists on a thermometer being stuck up his butt every time we go there that makes him want to chew their faces off.
 

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Honestly, I don't know what I'd do if my GSDs couldn't be handled by other people. Or if I had to warn people to keep their distance because I was afraid they would bite. I've tried to stack that in my favor, by buying dogs with good temperaments. I'm lucky that I've personally known several of the dogs in my dogs' pedigrees.

I frequently take one of the dogs to Petsmart or Petco to get toys, and I almost always see a kid with their parent nervously staring at us. I always ask them if they want to pet my dog, and they usually say yes. If I have Carly with me, I warn them that she will probably lick them in the face because she absolutely loves kids.

A few years ago, I left with Sage to go get dog food. Carly apparently threw a fit when I left, and opened two gates and was waiting for me in the driveway when I pulled up. I almost had a heart attack when I saw her out (and now we have locks on the gates, so miss houdini can't open them). Two little neighbor kids were out front with her, with a frisbee full of food, trying to catch her. The little girl said "she's very nice, but she won't let us catch her". Then asked me if she was a police dog. Apparently she wasn't intimidated by the "nice police dog". ;)

I recently had Russell, who is a big, confident boy, at the local dog food store to get microchipped. They were running a clinic to raise money for rescue. I filled out the paperwork, and then handed him off to the people to be chipped (I know these people, Russell has never seen them before). They asked me if they could take him in the other room to do it, and then started walking off with him. He turned around to look at me, I told him it's okay, and he just trotted off with them. They were back in two minutes, Russell was all micro-chipped up, and they said "he's such a nice boy". Yes. He is.
 

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I know people who were bit by GSDs. I had lady come in to my work recently for some xrays of her arm and she told me it was from a dog attack and when I asked her what kind of dog it was she said GSD.

My neighborhood associates GSDs with the police so they are afraid of my GSD and I PREFER it that way since I live in a bad neighborhood. Mostly though I hear great things about GSDs, people usually tell me about how they used to have one and it was the best dog ever. :)

The 3 Vets that have seen Sinister all compliment me on how well behaved he is, how smart he is and how in shape he is. My current Vet told me that they have a lot of GSDs that come in and they usually have to muzzle several of them, some have fear issues, some are just plain aggressive and most of them are overweight.
 

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GSDS are NOT top biters though. That would go to dachshunds, chihuahuas, Jack Russells, cocker spaniels, through a study done that questioned thousands of owners and people that work in the animal industry. ...
Not going into the argument what breed is the top biter. Just wandering if anyone who owns a dog from any of the breed above had denied a homeonwers insurance?
It happened to me by two insurance Co. and the 3rd had offered an evaluation. (No dog bites/claims records from my household ever) At the end I went with the "Don't ask, don't tell" ins co.
 

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Not going into the argument what breed is the top biter. Just wandering if anyone who owns a dog from any of the breed above had denied a homeonwers insurance?
It happened to me by two insurance Co. and the 3rd had offered an evaluation. (No dog bites/claims records from my household ever) At the end I went with the "Don't ask, don't tell" ins co.
No, they normally do not put small dogs on homeowner's insurance plans. They put the larger, more powerful breeds on there because they inflict more damage. That is why you see GSDs, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, Siberian Huskies, Malamutes. Dalmatians, Akitas, Pitbulls, Wolf hybrids and anything mixed with those breeds.

My insurance said they would not insure me if I had a Rottweiler, Akita, Chow Chow, Pitbull or Wolf Hybrid or anything mixed with those breeds.
 

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Children/kids are a product of their environment, just like our dogs and their dogs. I think the kid sounded intelligent enough to know, not to run up, startle the dog, trying to pet the dog, without dialog, so the kid should be commended for that > !

Run from a Rottie, they will chase you down. Look a Dobie in the eye hard, it could get upset. Have your mailman carry; "Beef Jerky" in his or her mailbag and it could save them a trip to the emergency room.

A treat for a dog owner is to find the best suited performance the dog can give to society, and play on that strong point. I spoke with a pro K-9 dog handler/trainer last night in detail. See, I am not having difficulty in the training > I wish to do the best for the dog and I feel I found where my dog does the best in a social situation. You can't change the minds of the masses, so you need to play on the animal's strengths.

My dog seems to light up the face of this 68 -75 year old man who walks in my neighborhood. I want my dog to help heal the people who are needy or needing some; "animal emotional support." The decision has pretty much been made for Isabella, she is going to be a; "Therapy Dog," the best I can do on my own, for she will bring happiness in to a; "somewhat empty" world where just a little extra attention, to a stranger on the street, to give that; "kindness needed" to bring a smile to someone's face, not to change the World, because nobody can. 25 years from now, Pit-Bulls may still carry a bad reputation as some dog's invoke fear in humans, I want to do the opposite.

My dog will protect her family, that's a given.
 

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My first experience with a GSD was when I was 2ish, I dont remember but I have all the pics of me and my sitters GSD, claire said he would wait for my mom by the door everyday to drop me off, then he would not leave my side all day. I have pics of me laying in claires bed for a nap with him right beside me. I would say he was very tolerant of me, I finger painted him at one point, He was black and tan and blue and yellow. Claire had told my mom that she planned to keep him away from me because he hadnt been around kids but he clung to me from day one. Maybe it was the constant trail of snacks I had lol

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According to a friend of mine golden retrievers are responsible for more dog bites then GSDs because they have been so overbred. Jasira is friendly with people and I have no problems with her at the vet. Xerxes is a big softy. A little girl came up to pet him at the dog class and he practically rolled on his belly loving it so much. LOL Neither of my dogs have a shy bone in their body. They do tend to bark at people going by but that's just their guarding instinct. ( Xerxes even chased the robins out of HIS yard. LOL)
 
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