We'll be getting one in a few years.
Basically, from all I have discovered from research, the breed is quite protective of children, but also like to herd them up a bit... become a bit pushy and annoying in their quest to protect. Ongoing training seems to be the way to make sure this behaviour remains acceptable though, and so that's what we're preparing for.
DP has a love of the GSD since he had one as a child. A failed police dog, who spend hours guarding and hanging out with DP... he loved him to bits, and so that's why it HAS to be that breed. We'll also be getting a Golden Retriever at the same time (roughly).
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15-01-2012 11:49 #11
15-01-2012 11:50 #12
Pesca77 sorry about your dog, so sad.
15-01-2012 12:17 #13Senior Member
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No I wouldn't condem a dog based on its breed.
Too many times certain breeds get bad reputations because of the lack of knowledge and experience of their owners. They are often purchased without having any idea about the breeds background, natural instinct or behaviours. Bad things happen because of people placing the animal in a bad situation - they don't provide the correct environment, they encourage certain behaviours without any knowledge of how to control them once established, they dont provide the animal with enough stimulation or exercise etc.
The German Shepherd is a working breed that was bred for working and guarding sheep originally. They are a beautiful, loyal and intelligent animal who love being part of a family. What a wonderful companion to have.
I have this saying on our office wall. It is just so true
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion" -- Unknown
15-01-2012 12:27 #14
My childhood dog growing up was a GS. He was the most beautiful, loyal family member. Very protective of us kids. I miss him still 20yrs later.
15-01-2012 13:55 #15
15-01-2012 13:59 #16
i think a dog is only as good as its owner so to speak. all animals need training and good leadership.
but i do think some dogs are more aggressive by nature and I think german sheppards are some of those dogs.
for this reason I think these dogs (and other dogs that are less mellow) especially need to be trained.
we had german sheppards when we were little and they used to scare me. we also had afgans and I was never scared of them.
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I guess by your standards Button I must be absolutely AWESOME!
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15-01-2012 14:04 #18
We have a GSD, and he's the most gentle dog I've ever owned, and we've had a lot of dogs throughout my life. I never particularly liked them before (though I didn't dislike them) but having had him in our life, I wouldn't hesitate to get another one. He's adorable, such a sook and such a people dog, he just wants to be with us all the time.
15-01-2012 14:53 #19
A stray dog tried to attack us once when at a park and our German shepherd protected our family, including DS. He is the most loyal and goofy dog around and I wouldn't hesitate a second in getting another. Very much about how the dog is raised, as other posters have pointer out. But of course, always supervise with bubs because regardless of the level of trust you have with any animal - at the end of the day, they are still seemingly unpredictable !
15-01-2012 15:14 #20
Our GS just turned three a few days ago and is the biggest sook in the world. She has major separation anxiety... unfortunately as an outside dog with owners who love indoor pursuits we hardly spend any time with her, apart from her daily walk. But I'm hoping once we have kids she'll get more attention and playtime. The only reason I wouldn't "trust" her completely around our future kids is that when she gets excited and she starts jumping up on us, she is such a big hoofer that it can hurt quite a bit if her claws get you! She also has been known to give little nips when annoyed or excited, but nothing injury-threatening, even to a child.
TBH she is not the best trained dog in the world; she desperately needs a refresher. But generally she will listen to DF, even if it takes a while. We're hoping to get her retrained while we're on honeymoon at the boarding kennels.. it's very expensive but worth it.
I have never been a dog person and used to be terrified of German Shepherds because of the bad breeding phase years back that led to the stereotyped aggressiveness. But now the only breed I openly detest is pitbulls, because of the large number of horrible people who own them and encourage viciousness, and because they are so damn ugly they literally make my skin crawl and make me feel sick to my stomach (no offence to any NICE pitbull owners; it's JMO!).
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