I'm really dissapointed with the things I read from someone on a different site concerning the GS breed.this person actually believes that if you own a german shepherd you should have him as a working dog and for no other purpose.I own a GS and he will be 3 in august.his purpose in my home is to protect my home and to be our life companion.my purpose is to love and care for him as a responsible owner.this person actually said to have a GS and not work them is killing the breed.I just don't get this crap. my pet is loving and adored and is very good with my children.he gets lots of exersise and is happy and healthy.isn't that the important things?? I feel as though this person has gotten on his soapbox and just can't get off.I also know that my frustration over this is causing me to vent. so I was just wandering does anyone think that there is a breed out there that should be for working purposes only and not feel as though they could be just a happy healthy pet in your home?I personally know GS can do many great things but, is it so bad just to have one as a pet? they really are good,loving,devoted pets. what's wrong with that???
I love the breed and I plan on having one as protection eventually when I move becasue I know they are great for that sort of thing. They can protect and be a pet because they are easily taught commands. There is not one thing wrong with having them as a pet. If they get the exercise they need and efel that they have a purpose, they are rally great. I had two mixes, sisters, for literally four days, adn they wanted nothing more than to be loved (and bug the cat!)
thanks for that. my german shepherd has a good life and has a kitty to play with too!! he loves our cat and is very gentle. it's all in how you raise your pet that makes the difference. I was just so frustrated with this persons attitude. :)
the irony of this is german shepherds were first bred to be herd dogs. killer my GS is an active dog as anyone who has a german shepherd knows, I have 3 kids and myself that keep him very active and happy. he also goes to the shelter and helps me walk the dogs. the thing that bothered me about this guy was his attitude. because he does one thing and others don't does this give him the right to say others aren't fit?? I knew what I was getting into when I got killer, responsibility is the key not the awards and such. I was just venting he actually had someone ashamed of haveing a GS for a pet. I look at my dog and I know he's happy. he does have a purpose,as I do and if he is just a house dog so be it. he wakes up in the mornings knowing his job and he loves it all. :)
I just wanted to add that this guys idea of working was shows. not search and rescue or any of those other great things the GS breed is known for. that's why it drove me to rant. as I said before I knew what I was getting into the GS has a very active mind that needs to stay stimulated.I do my best to keep his mind on a roll which is why he comes with me to the shelter. it makes him so happy and believe me he knows when we are going there too.. lol :)
sunny the guy who wrote all that was right to a point. gsd's are much happier when they are worked. working doesn't neccessarily mean dog showing or obedience or even search and rescue. you are correct in saying that they have an active mind and need mental stimulation. it sounds like your taking killer to the shelter and walking the dogs there is his job. also taking care of 3 children would be enough to keep him active and healthy. they do not do well as just house pets. by that i mean they are not like a maltese or a shihtzu that would be content just being a house dog or a lap dog. when a gsd is kept as a house pet that is when you start running into all sorts of behavioral problems with them. it sounds as if you are providing him a well stimulated environment.
I love the breed, but would never own one. My dog is the Affenpinscher. They are small, yet very protective of their owners. But, thanks for telling me that. Dogs like to do what they are bred for, but that doesn't mean you can't have one as just a pet. They were first bred to be herding dogs. Showing is a great thing for any dog; they love it. Sunny, almost every dog loves to have a job to do.
WELL does that mean that I should be getting a herd of sheep for Faith for the backyard? I don't think so! Their former jobs make them ideal for certain things but all animals are pack creatures and could love a home like anyone!
i can also see to a point about working dogs. i have a border collie mix who is very high energy, and if i was a couch potato she would go nuts. but her "jobs" are to herd a ball all around the yard, wrestle with the labrador, watch the property for strange things, and do obedience with me! someday soon we will work more on agility.
I agree that if you have a working dog you should do things to keep him/her happy.that's in the dogs nature. I can also respect the opinions that were givin on this topic simply because noone was degrading the choice of my pet.I was on this other site reading this person telling everyone if you have them as a pet your not good for the animal. as I have pointed out my killer is a pet but, I do things for him to keep him healthy, happy,and content in his home.if all killer did was sit at home I don't think killer or his family would be happy.I also don't think my choices for his happiness is what's making his breed die out. my main point was just simply this, just because I'm not doing what other people so rudely say I should do doesn't mean I'm not a good mommy to my killer.I have him as a pet,I keep his mind stimulated and most important I get to enjoy my love of these intelligent dogs. he thinks he's working in his mind....I think I'm having a wonderful animal.........hmmmm now I'm starting to wander who's working who????LOL
sunny i am glad that you are a responsible owner of such a wonderful breed. i have grown up with many gsd's. my parents had them before i was born and have them now. when raised in a proper environment you couldn't ask for a better dog. when people get these dogs and think they can just keep them as house pets or tied up in the yard it makes me mad because these are the dogs that become the topic of all the bad press. not a single person i work with has even the slightest admiration for this breed and it is because of the wrong people owning them and not understanding the breed. when you meet a really good one it is not by accident. the owners have taken the time and provide the right environment to give these dogs what they need. sadly i am always distrustful around one i meet until they have proven to me they can be trusted. i will always have a deep love for the gsd and no other breed tugs at my heart like they do.
Sunny, the question here is what is a working dog these days. I was a working dog for seven boring years locked in the back of a van driving around the streets, sometimes getting out and barking. Now I'm retired I am really happy. Round the park two hours everyday, searching the house for bits of cheddar cheese, just to keep my nose working. Playing goalkeeper in the garden, and annoying my owner , by insisting he plays ball with me. Perhaps this critic should move to BAVARIA and guard a few sheep! We GSD's love everyone, be kind to us and we will be totally loyal and loving to you.
I totally agree with Scout. I work with Animals everyday, handling all kinds of breeds and the most popular for behavior problems are the Shephards. Not because they are necessarily Shepards but because they are house pets or back yard dogs. Many never recieve the proper socialization that they desperately need. The more intelligent the dog the more important it becomes that they be socialized through out their lives. Many sit all day in the house or out in the back yard. I'm sure many people perhaps love their dog but for a dog, love is not enough. An intelligent dog with nothing to do, no continuous mental stimulation, no outdoor activities.....Its just very heart breaking, but I hear about it all the time so I'm going to be a tad bitter about it. Just the other day a Shepherd was bording with us and boy was he a mess. Not neutered, hip dysplasia, no muscle tone, depressed and sickly looking. Not the look of a dog that is well cared for.Being a a house dog is seen as the norm nowadays, thats not what most dogs are for, most need alot more.
this really saddens me that the german shepherd breed gets so many negitive responses.I do understand and agree that you shouldn't leave them in the house or tied up. my killer goes to alot of places and does things with me all the time.I really appreciate the feedback, reading the things people have said makes me understand other peoples views,and noone was rude about my choice of owning one(this other guy was rude to the point of insanity) maybe I was blind to things that were pointed out because my GS is active and loveable.or maybe I never realized the severity of the problem because I do know GSD need the stimulation and I do these for him..... thanks all of you you've been great!!! :)
I have a wonderful now 11 year old German shepard mix. She is a terrific fmaily pet and she loves cats , she even breaks up the occaisonal fihgts . A couple of years ago she even used to love helping take care of my cats kittens she used to lick them and they would fall over because her tounge alone was bigger than the little kittens!