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Until you owned one... I'd love to know odd and some mainstream facts that people just did not know about GSDs until they own one.

I'll start - the whining! I was told when researching the breed that they are not big barkers and usually only bark when they feel its necessary. I can attest to that as my dog really only barks when there's someone at the door or when those **** delivery guys slip menus under the door :) whereas my neighbor's sheltie seems to just bark its head off out the window and seemingly nothing...

What I wasn't told is the whining :). not whining dogs who learned whining will get them what they want but whining as most GSDs do - being vocal, whining when excited, whining when I make funny noises, sometimes just whining out of nowhere (not including health issues that we do not know about that's causing them pain or something) - German shepherds are just big vocal dogs that love to "talk" ... I did not know that until owning one but once I did and asked other shepherds' owners they all pretty much said "oh yea that's a GSD for you" lol

so, what did you not know about until getting a shepherd?
 

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the bitting when a puppy!! I thought Molly was aggressive but I learned that GSD's are very mouthy as puppies!
 

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I didn't realize how intelligent they were. Not only to learn tricks, but how fast they learn who is easiest to take advantage of, when to take advantage, etc.

My dad's dog never tested him. Its only thought was "food food food".

I swear when I teach Rocky something he thinks it over in his head...

"Hmmm...Should I do this? What will my reward be? Chicken...sounds good. But I'm going to sit as slow as possible and leave my butt one inch off the floor so that I'm not really sitting but I still get the treat. HAHAHA stupid human. I know mommy doesn't like to correct the petsmart people so I always get to cheat on my tricks."

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"I want to pull so bad to sniff that pile of poop. But mommy will get mad and I've been so good lately. OH WAIT! OH MY GOD! There is another human walking our way!! Mommy won't correct me loudly when another human comes because it embarrasses her. TIME TO RUN FOR THE POOP!"
 

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How nosey & curious they are!

I was getting a tote from under my bed last night, all of a sudden my boy is laying flat with his head under the bed sniffing...wanting to know what I'm doing! lol
 

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Just how Velcro-like they can be. I knew they were watchful and followed their owners around but not being able to go to the bathroom alone ever again or sneeze without them jumping up out of a dead sleep looking for the threat to mom or dad... wow. lol.

Also the back-talking. I've never had a dog around that would back talk when told to sit or down or something.
 

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How nosey & curious they are!

I was getting a tote from under my bed last night, all of a sudden my boy is laying flat with his head under the bed sniffing...wanting to know what I'm doing! lol
Haha yea somehow no matter what I'm doing I can turn around and see his little whiskers and nostrils moving around :) Always trying to "help"
 

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the bitting when a puppy!! I thought Molly was aggressive but I learned that GSD's are very mouthy as puppies!
What SHE ^^^ said. We thought we had a problem dog on our hands but she was just a normal GSD pup. Also didn't know how smart they are. Abby's a rocket scientist compared to previous dogs. And talkative ... my wife calls her our interactive dog. One thing the breeder said after listening to our complaining was, "I don't really like my GSDs until they are around a year old. Then they always prove that they were worth the trials they put me through."
 

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What SHE ^^^ said. We thought we had a problem dog on our hands but she was just a normal GSD pup. Also didn't know how smart they are. Abby's a rocket scientist compared to previous dogs. And talkative ... my wife calls her our interactive dog. One thing the breeder said after listening to our complaining was, "I don't really like my GSDs until they are around a year old. Then they always prove that they were worth the trials they put me through."

What he said!!!:eek:lol..
 

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1. That some have what I call the Houdini Gene, and that the Houdini Gene is hereditary. Jenna has it, so does Bear. Jenna has gotten out of her seatbelt several times this week, and Bear practices on the wire crate in her kennel, every day I shut it, and she opens it. Last night, she was INSIDE her crate in the house, and she managed to open that. Where or where are my snap-clips when I need them? Oh, they are all holding buckets on fencing, see below.

2. Some GSDs have what I call the Bucket Gene. A dog with the bucket gene, loves to take stainless steel buckets of any size and play with them, emptying out the contents, and whirling the bucket all over the place, sometimes hiding it in snow. Odie has the Bucket Gene. Bear has a variation of it, see below.

3. A variation of the bucket gene is the Bucket-W Gene. The symptoms of this gene are blowing bubbles in the water bowl or bucket, paddling the water out of the bucket, putting toys in water bucket, putting feet in water bucket, dunking the head in the water bucket for the sheer joy of spraying it all over. This is not to be confused with the Water Gene, see below.

4. I have yet to meet a GSD without the Water Gene. I am not sure if it is only shepherds that have it. Whether you give them a bowl, or a pail, or a pot, GSDs are the messiest of drinkers. Some like to suck up a trunk full of water and carry it with them, leaving it on the bed or on the floor. Some will do this with food too, if you feed them in the kitchen and then go to the living room, they will take a mouthful and go to where they can see you lay it down and eat it at their leisure. Others just suck up a mouthful of water, turn to look at you and dribble half of it on the floor.

Bear and Cujo both lie down to eat. I mean, that's cool for Cujo who eats in the toasty warm kitchen, but Bear Cub will lay herself down on a pile of snow to eat her food. GSDs have amazingly varied personalities.
 

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I agree about the "talking" or "whining". I remember my first GSD starting "talking" when she was a puppy and I was like WTH? LOL And when I got Uschi...she didn't really start talking until she was about 2'ish...but I love it! And its one of the qualities I like about the breed.
 

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I didn't know about how expressive their ears are. You can tell exactly what Sasha is thinking/feeling by watching her ears (especially in combination with other body language).

I didn't know how vocal they are. The constant talking has all been new to me. Also the being so vocal while playing really threw me.

I knew they were smart, but the degree in which they are smart just floored me. I taught Sasha to shake after like two or three times of grabbing her paw, saying "Shake" and giving her a treat. She did it fairly reliably after that and it only took a day or two before it was bomb proof.

They are also very in tune to their owners. I knew they were loyal and what not but I was like, "Well...all dogs are loyal." I mean our golden was loyal but he was necessarily in touch with my feelings. There again maybe he would be if he would have lived in doors. I don't know. Sasha seems to know exactly how I'm feeling at all times.

I also, rather naively, thought they were mean/aggressive. I actually didn't want one for that reason. I've since come to learn that that's not the case. Sasha has enough aggression in her, I believe, to protect me from a genuine threat. However, I don't feel like she's a loose cannon who's just a man-eating biting machine (granted I didn't think in those extreme of terms before, but my mom had had a GSD before I was born that I've grown up hearing stories about and he was VERY aggressive and it spooked me a bit) . She has this incredibly goofy, lovey, side to her that way over shadows her "I'm a big, scary GSD" side. What I discovered about myself was that I actually like her "scary" side. I thought I really wanted a dog that just loved everyone and I never had to worry about being aggressive, and now that I have her I like the security that her aloofness provides.

I also didn't realize how one person dog they really are. Sasha loves many people that I am close with, but she loves me most. I mean the girl chose me over what she always acts like is the love of her life (cheese). lol. My mom says when I leave she waits by the window for me to come back. She may sleep for a bit, but she's mostly interested when I come back. She wants to be with me. My golden was pretty cool with being with any of us. Sasha loves her grammy and her uncle but she loves her momma best.
 
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