One of my clients is a policeman in the dog squad and he said one of the reasons that the police use German shepards is because they are not naturally aggressive but are great guard dogs and very easy to train
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15-01-2012 16:21 #21
15-01-2012 16:34 #22
I don't believe that the breed in itself is dangerous, only the level of damage that is done if the dog decided to attack would be significantly greater than say if a Maltese attacked.
The most aggressive dog I have ever owned was a Cocker Spaniel, the most gentle and trustworthy would be my Rottweiler and Roman nose Bull Terrier.
15-01-2012 16:37 #23
nope we have an 11 year old girl and she's the most placid dog I've ever seen. would not hurt a fly haha she is so dopey and sleeps all day rarely barks
15-01-2012 16:53 #24
I have never owned a GS but before we had kids DP and I babysat (hahah) one of his friends GS's while she went through a rough divorce. We ended up having her for a few months she was a lovely girl and very protective of me. One night a housemate and I were having and argument and she was going absolutely mental at the screen door trying to get at him. I went to calm her down and she was fine but she never liked that housemate ever again. When DP spoke to the owner she admitted that her ex was abusive and that's why the dog got a bit aggressive towards males. She had a lovely nature usually but was quite aggravated my men raising their voices or throwing their weight around. But I believe any breed is capable of showing this kind of behavior depending on the situations it has been placed in.
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15-01-2012 17:13 #25
It really makes me sad when dogs are labelled 'dangerous' because of a handful of unfortunate situations. And like so many people have said, it's all about how they're raised, trained and treated.
We have a 16 month old GSD who is pushing 50 kgs & has paws bigger then my hands. He is a gentle giant & the only time any form of aggression is shown from him is when he thinks his family is in trouble. He will protect us, and I know he will protect our child with his life if he had to.
Sadly he does get put in the dangerous dog category by a lot of people who see him merely because of his appearance. We're told not to judge people by their appearances, I think the same should be taught about dogs. I know not everyone would agree with that though.
I am expecting people to question us allowing our dog to be around our baby, but that won't stop me and I don't doubt for a second that he will make an amazing, loyal, protective & gentle big brother.
15-01-2012 17:16 #26
Our GS was absolutely wonderful with me as a baby, I loved her to pieces...
15-01-2012 17:41 #27
I may get shot down for this i know a lot of people don't like him but I LOVE Cesar Millan. Have you seen his dogs!? Omg! Just proof that it depends on the owner. Also like the quote "in the 70's they blamed dobermans, in the 80's they blamed German shepherds, in the 90's they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the pit bull" I personally think German shepherds are great family pets. Highly intelligent and protective if they need to be
15-01-2012 17:45 #28
I love the show he did on the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog.
That's my dream dog right there. But to import in Aus they have to be 5 generations away from wolf & you'd be better off buying a husky or malamute...
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is German Shepherd cross Carpathian Wolf.
15-01-2012 20:12 #29
As a breed, no, of course not. They are amazing, intelligent, protective, loyal and friendly. They would not be so openly used by the police force if they were, nor would they be so prized as therapy and assistance dogs.
However, breeding does play a part. Your classic idiot, backyard breeding generations of scungy, untrained, snappy dogs in their shed, will breed a dog you wouldn't want around anybody.
Go to a registered, reputable breeder who keeps up socialisation in the pups and keeps the dogs balanced with exercise and training, and you won't have a problem.
American Pitbull Terriers are huge in the US as therapy dogs, especially for children, as they are intensely loving and in-tune to human emotions.
But because somebody, many many years ago, saw this innocent herding breed and thought "Well...you know..I'm down on my luck, need a quick dollar, and this dog looks like it'd take a while to die in the pit", they're the most hated breed in the world.
Any dog kept on a thick chain and encouraged to be aggressive to people is bad news.
Another of the same breed, bred and raised like a loved pet, is no trouble.
What really gets me going is when you see a dog attack in the news, where the child was unattended in the backyard and the family dog mauled it.
The parents raise a hue and cry, kill the dog and call for a ban on the breed. They seem to be utterly blind to the fact that they left their young child alone with a dog.
Children should never, ever under any circumstances at all be left alone with any dog of any sort.
Dogs are large predators and children make the jerky movements of injured prey, they squeal and run like prey, they tend to be rough in handling animals, and they cannot interpret body language.
15-01-2012 20:35 #30
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