Do you think German shepherds are too dangerous to be around children?
Personally I think it depends on the dog, not the breed.
We have a 13 month female who I completely trust with my children, she has been around children all her life, not food aggressive either which is fantastic. If you jumped my fence, and my kids were in the yard, yeah you'd think she was aggressive lol. She is very protective of her family
Just frustrates me that people assume I'd keep a dangerous dog with my children.
What is your opinion?
And yes I know that no dog should be left alone with children no matter how good. She is always supervised in the yard.
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15-01-2012 11:05 #1
German shepherds a dangerous breed?
15-01-2012 11:12 #2
Not at all. When I was a bub we had one and she was great. I would lay on her, take her food, tug on her fur. I could do anything to her and she was nothing but gentle.
Having said that I wouldn't recommend doing the things I mentioned to any dog lol. Like you said it depends on the dog and how it's treated, treat it badly and it will probably behave that way!
Personally I wouldn't 100% trust any dog with kids cause you just don't know what will happen, but the breed has nothing to do with my level of trust.
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15-01-2012 11:15 #3
I don't know much about dogs, I have never owned one as a child, nor an adult, but I have to admit (as a complete dog novice), the 'look' of German Sheperds is enough for me to be wary and think they *may* be more agressive than say that of a Labrador or something. I think the same when I see my sister's huge Rot weiler, she tells me she wouldn't 'hurt a fly' but the sheer 'look' of her makes me think otherwise.
I guess the movies don't help either, they usually portray German Sheperds as being guard dogs and I think I've watched too many Nazi movies.
15-01-2012 11:18 #4
Not at all.. They are VERY Protective..
Our family pet actually would growl at me and lunge at me (to push me over) if She thought I was hurting my niece.. She however took tickling and taking her in the pool covered in floaties as hurting. Our dog was the sweetest dog you could eve meet. We are not really dog people in this house but miss her and wish we could find one exactly the same to replace her.
15-01-2012 11:21 #5
I may get shot for this but personally I do not think there is such a thing as a dangerous breed, it comes down to responsible pet ownership and training!
I grew up with one who was my parents trail baby before having children, he was also a trained police dog as my dad was a police officer and he was one of the most gentle dogs you could ever meet.
My brother also has a pure bred Pitbull who I trust around DD more than my parents Jack Russell, who has on numerous times tried to bite DD, whereas my brothers dog will not even take food out of her hand without her saying a certain word.
It's training and socialising, not the dog. And German Shepards are extremely intelligent dogs so the only reason I could see them turning dangerous for non protection reasons is through lack of training.
15-01-2012 11:23 #6
15-01-2012 11:24 #7
I agree with your comment that it depends on the dog. Even a maltese terror can be dangerous around children if it isnt trained to accept them in its domain and has a bad temperament to boot.
Our German Shepherd is just about to turn 12 and he's the biggest softie with our kids. Very protective of them in fact but he was well trained and we introduced the kids gradually to him. The kids were never left alone with him when he was younger and he put up with more than most dogs would, yet never barked or snapped at them. When my DD was 2 she was chasing him around the yard and shirtfronting him. He played for a while but started to get annoyed. Instead of getting angry, he got even. Knocked her down and put his paw on her back to stop her getting back up again. Cheeky dog. That's what I love about Shepherds. They think outside the box. As a positive, they're intellegent dogs. As a negative, they're cunning little poops. Still, we're fans for life.
15-01-2012 11:32 #8
We lost our beautiful GS 10 days before bubs was born, we were heartbroken and still miss her so much. We were so looking forward to seeing how protective she would of been
15-01-2012 11:39 #9
No breed is more dangerous, it's just that some breeds are attractive to dodgy people who want to appear tough. In the 80s it was German shepherds and Dobermans, now it's pit bulls. The dodgy owners are rough with their dogs and try to make them more aggressive. Poor doggies.
15-01-2012 11:47 #10
Agree about training and socialization, an absolute must. We got our girl when she was 6 months old, but she had been raised around young children, so is amazingly tolerant, she's always following the kids around the yard, just like another child lol, waiting to race, play games and investigate what's going on ha ha, and inside she just follows me around and lays down to watch me clean... Might try and teach her how to vacuum lol.
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