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Is a German Shepherd the Right Breed for You?
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Shepherd Dog (GSD) is a wonderful breed, but it is a "high maintenance" animal
not suited for everyone. If you are unfamiliar with the GSD breed, please take the time to
educate yourself about it. You can start right here by reading the following.
"Top 10 Reasons Why a German Shepherd Dog
May Not be the Dog for You"
- German Shepherds require a serious commitment. Many of the dogs that come to rescue
organizations have no training. It is important that the new family puts time and effort
into training their rescue dog.
- These dogs have a high energy level. The very energy that allows these dogs to be
police, search, guide and herding dogs is often the reason these dogs are surrendered. If
youre looking for a couch potato you may want to consider a different breed.
- German Shepherds are highly intelligent. If they are not given a job to do they will
often come up with their own.
- Like any dog, the German Shepherd is a social animal and needs to be part of a family.
The loyalty that endears this breed to many requires that it not be banished to the
- German Shepherds are large dogs. The number one reason given by people surrendering
German Shepherds is moving. Usually apartments do not welcome these dogs. If you
dont know where you will be a few years down the line it is not the right time to
- These dogs shed non-stop.
- They can be vocal, often whining and barking to communicate. If left alone for prolonged
periods of time they may become problem barkers.
- If you dont like doggy smell, consider a different breed. Also, bathing can be
challenging due to the dogs water-resistant outer coat.
- A German Shepherd must respect its owner. This is not accomplished by heavy-handedness;
it is only achieved when its owner treats the dog with equal respect.
These dogs originated as herding dogs. It is a heritage they carry
still. Keep this in mind if you or your neighbors have livestock. Remember that in the
state of California a dog harassing livestock may be shot.
Julie Connolly for German Shepherd Rescue
The German Shepherd Dog is a large, active dog with a dense double coat.
This double coat sheds year round, and produces even greater volumes of fur when the dogs
"blow coat" in the spring and fall. Some shed more than others. For some owners,
this is not a trivial point.
The breed was developed for service as a herding and general purpose working animal.
The desire to "work" or do something is genetic and is stronger in some GSDs
than in others. Most adult GSDs are loyal, loving, protective, and intelligent. Without
proper training, GSDs can also be rambunctious, destructive of property, and exhausting to
live with. It is up to you to guide your dog to suit your lifestyle and that of your
family. Most, if not all, GSDs need training and a structured lifestyle to thrive in the
home and become a canine good citizen.
You should consider the following recommendations as your basic commitment to your new
GSD. Take an obedience course to assure that you are the dog's leader. Be prepared to
socialize your dog by exposing it to as many people and situations as possible to develop
its confidence. Vigorously exercise the adult GSD at least 20 minutes daily. Brush the
coat often. Trim nails, clean ears, and brush teeth as needed.
If a change of residence is required, make sure that your GSD is welcome at the new
address. Realize that a GSD is a very social animal and should not be left alone for long
periods of time. Before a problem gets out of hand be willing to call a trainer, a
behaviorist, or a member of the local rescue group for help.
The preceding section (following the "Top 10
Reasons...") was excerpted, with some modifications, from a brochure written and
produced as a service to the public and the venerable German Shepherd Dog breed by an
eclectic group of individual GSD owners, breeders, and trainers. The full brochure is
available for reproduction and distribution free of charge by e-mailing
TGSD-L-REQUEST@IS.DAL.CA. If you received an electronic copy we invite you to print it in
your newsletters, add it to your Web pages, forward it to others, or cross-post as long as
you leave these CREDITS attached.
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