I think that given the problems you've had with both dogs and horses, and your family's seeming inability to provide proper veterinary care for these animals, the last thing you need is another dog, regardless of what breed it is.
But from what has happened on the past we are doing much better. And we do not have the horse. they guy changed his mind and said he wanted the horse and we said ok. but it is'nt a sure thing with getting a GSD. just wanted to know some info on them to see if it can be a dog we can use with the live stock.
Actually, GSD's are herding dogs by tradition. Most people do use them for protection and search and rescue however. They are protective of livestock and can be an effective addition in that right, but I am also with minniyar on the subject. They take a lot of time and work to get into the herding and protection thing and if you don't have the time to dedicate to that, I don't recommend it at all.
***Edited By: IlovemyGSD on 7/5/2006 4:12:47 PM*** Reason: spelling
I was just going to say that (about them actually being a herding dog)
German shephards require a lot of training not because they are slow but because they really need to stay motivated or they will eat your house lol.
They like to keep busy either by playing hard or training hard. Bored German Shephards can lead to a disaster.
They are very good with children but like all dogs you must never trust them 100%.
I really do not know what the situation is as mentioned above but German Shephards do require constant care and if you live out in a rural area as I will guess you do they need their yearly shots because they will hunt down wild animals such as raccons and other diesease infested animals. They are also prone to back and hip problems which may require very expensive treatments.
If you can devote yourself 100% to the care, grooming and love this breed needs then hey, why not. But, they do like being with the family in that they love being inside with you or outside with you but the key word is :with you.
Rotty I am concerned about you getting another animal. I know that you cherish your animals, and have the best intentions. I think the bigger problem is the fact that your parents don't always feel the same way. Wait until you are older, and live on your own. Then you can be positive that you won't have any problems taking care of any animal.
Shep.....herd, what's not in the name? But I agree with everybody else you just don't have the time for such a wonderful breed. People without time have bad GSDs, and that makes ours look bad in some peoples eyes. You want a big dog that will be nice even if you don't train it get a newfie. Sorry newfie owners.
After looking over those other posts I can't help thinking that the op is confusing love with love of ownership. If you are under your parents' rule and you know your parents are not going to support your desire to properly care for your animals then if you love them you will STOP GETTING MORE!!! You seem to be in love with the idea of having them rather than actually loving the poor critters. If you truly love them then wait until you are the one in charge before getting any more animals and then make a commitment to take proper care of them no matter what they need. You can take a stand even though you aren't in charge in your family. You can refuse to join in things that are harmful like riding a lame horse. Teach yourself how to recognize lameness. You can educate yourself so you can recognize problems and take appropriate action instead of this forum being your only hope. These could also be really well-thought-out troll posts (sorry if they are genuine but I have to wonder) based on the amount of outrage they've caused and the blatant confessions of obvious lack of good judgement resulting in repeated problems for the animals.
haha Gina! Very funny. Yes, I will admit that Aisha has eaten the stairs but she stopped once I told her to lol. Then Athena came and sort of finished the job to just perfection.
But, at the same time they have outgrown that stage of eating things that is not food.
As far as her walking around Canada that only happened twice with Aisha and never with Athena. And, it was not Canada just one street in Canada hehe.
No seriously, GSD's want to be with people period. I did not realize that the original poster still lived under her parents roof. I would therefore not recommend a shepherd or any other breed right now to be honest. They need a lot of attention, care and food! They love to be inside just as much as they do outside.
Just wait a few years. Then I am sure that you will be ready and be a good mom/dad. :)