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Just curious, I have a 7 and a half month old female. She has calmed down slightly after being spayed, but she is still wild. Haha anyways, let me know the age yours calmed down, and be sure to include their gender.
 

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GSDs calm down!?! News to me ;-) lol. In all seriousness my girl leveled out about 2 years of age but my male has not yet. He turned a year in august. It really helps though that i run almost daily with my female long distances (3-6 miles depending on the day) so she is more tired than my male. Charles will start running with me regularly when he is 2 (he is very large so i want his official hips/ elbows done) and I'm sure he will calm down after that :)


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my old female was pretty settled around 3. Penny now is only 1.5yrs and is showing no signs of slowing down
 

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My female started calming down at about 7 months but is still very active in a good way at 2.5. My male is always busy and I don't foresee him ever changing, he is almost 2.
 

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Teehee you think they calm down.. cute :p Well I'll just say mine is a 4 y/o male and while he is more mature and has learned a little more manners.. he is still JUST as energetic and wants to play constantly. That boy has no stop button. For this reason he is toy restricted in the house.. he has nothing to play with so he ends up laying down in his bed or by the back door.. :) do you have pics of this hyper pup of yours :)
 

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My female never actually 'calmed' down but rather learned to be calm when she should be. She is now four, however even as a small puppy she always had that "I will do anything for you" attitude and always understood when she needed to be calm. Even when I began taking her to work (at an amusement park!) and she was swarmed by people, she would just lie down at my feet and calmly accept the petting as if it was below her haha. I can't count how many friends/family members tell me they're going to steal her sometime because she's so good and relaxed!

But I think that may be rare, because my male is GO GO GO all the time, regardless of how I try to bribe him to relax :wild: And when people approach him to pet him, he turns into a wriggly golden retriever who is just SO excited to be petted!
 

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LOL, All dogs are different. Sampson didnt calm down until he was 5 or 6 years old. I think Ziggy my new GSD Pup will calm down much sooner. He has a much calmer temperment.
 

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Lilha will be 6 years old in May, i`m still waiting
 

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Calm down or mature?

My older one that's almost 6 has pretty much the same energy level as she's always had. She's just more mature about it and she's completely trained. She knows what's acceptable and what not to do.

My younger one is 9+ months now and active, but wouldn't call him wild. He's wild when the ball comes out. He's calm when he's chewing on one of his toys or bones in the house.
 

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Haha I know they are a very active breed. I just didn't realize she was going to turn out to be the energizer bunny. :D I still love her anyways, I just need to break her of the jumping haha. I'll get a picture uploaded of her soon.
 

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I wouldn't say mine has calmed down, but became more easy to manage close to her 2nd birthday. She is almost 4 and if given the opportunity will still play like a puppy or be a stranger's worst nightmare.
 

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My first shepherd was calm from the start even as a puppy she was very level headed, calm, quiet and her ability to learn was beyond impressive! Keisha lived to 12 years old, she was a dream dog.

After she passed my hubby wanted another "Keisha" aka dream dog. HA!

We had a female boxer so I said it has to be a male shepherd.

So we get Hawkeye..............well : energy level is 10+, quiet he is not, he whines constantly (ok not when he's asleep).

He'll be 4 in March - he has started to mature and he is a fast learner.

And to top it off HE's a THIEF!!! He loves to steal towels, facecloths, dishcloths, gloves. He's taken the phone outside.

But we love him. :wub:
 

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Haha. I don't think they 'calm down', I think they just learn proper outlets for their energy. If not provided, they will never be 'calm'.

Needless, my 1.5 year old intact male is very far from calm, but I provide proper outlets for all that energy.
 

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I would say none of my GSDs every really calmed down until their senior years, with some being later than others. A more mature attitude showed up around 2 to 3 years of age. All my dogs were males. These are busy dogs. All were nice to work with and did very well in obedience and agility. All have been great watch dogs. My last boy Jack was closer to being a forever puppy than the others. I loved this quality in Jack and so far Hoby is filling the bill.
 
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