i asked in my earlier thread that if GSDs are okay with childrens and with novice owners..you guys told me that GSD is wonderfull dog and wonderfull with kids and the (novice) owner like me can have it.
if i believe you than what is this i read on sum site called /www.nextdaypets.com...READ IT
"German Shepherds are exceptionally wary of strangers. They will most generally get along with other household pets they have been raised with. This breed will attempt to perform the task of herding on anything and everything that moves. The German Shepherd is not recommended for the novice, apathetic, or sedentary owner".
i dont know to whom i should believe now !!!!!!!!!
Thats funny, i've never been herded by a GSD, i didn't even realize that was something the breed was used for. I think you need to read alot more breed descriptions then just that one before you decide for sure. I bet it would help if you could meet one too, that would ease your mind. I've met a few and they're perfectly friendly and they were family raised. The way i see it any dog can be a good family dog if its raised right, thats the key though being raised properly. Oh and being wary of strangers is nothing to worry about unless you plan on leaving your dog loose in your yard so it could bite someone or if you don't appreciate a few warning barks when somebody pulls down the driveway. I appreciate my doggy alarm system but mine are american eskimos and a pack of pomeranians.
Contact a breeder, we have a GSD and I know for a fact they are wonderful with kids and will protect them if a stranger attempts to intrude into the home. Definitely ask a breeder, they'll help you out.
I personally would never recommend a GSD to the novice pet owner or to folks with small children. They are definately a protective breed. There are tons of other breeds...labs and goldens for example that are much better family dogs. Most of the hunting breeds are great family dogs. Keep in mind that most of the time large breed dogs definately have more energy and need more exercise.
Well, the fact is...GSD's are one of the most popular breeds around, but they can have lots of genetic and temperment problems. Just orthopedic problems alone, they are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia and spinal degeneration. They can develop autoimmune disease, SAS, thyroid dysfunction,, skin disorders, gastrointestinal problems. And poor temperment, unfortunately, is common.
I think a lot of the problems can be avoided by finding a GOOD breeder, but I wouldn't buy a GSD without doing a TON of research.
I know that the first thing everyone on here, including myself, told you to do was contact a Rep. Breeder. No one said that a GSD was the breed for you. We just answered your questions. Is the GSD good with kids? Yes, I have had GSD's for 10 yrs, no problems with kids, including young kids. But I always supervise my GSDs with kids. You want to know if a novice owner can have a GSD? Yes, IF and I state IF you find a GOOD BREEDER who knows what they are doing and can PAIR you with a good match in a puppy. I was 12 yrs old when I got my first GSD. No one in my family had ever owned a GSD, or anything like a shepherd before. I saved my money and bought my first GSD, and she was the best dog ever. I did all of her training, and the kids next door always came over to play with her. No problems. She did try to herd the kids once, funny really, but she only did it once. I corrected her for the behavior and made it clear that that wasn't exceptable and that was it. Go talk to a breeder, find some other people you can talk to that have GSDs, learn about the breed. Meet the breed. It may or may not be for you. But if you want a GSD go to a good breeder, and be willing to spend a good amount of money on a quality pup, and a experienced breeder is going to pick the puppy for you, not you pick a puppy. That way they can make sure you get a pup that will fit your life style. But I would say from what you have been saying and the way you haven't really listened to what people are saying that you need to look into a different breed other than GSDs.
We should strive to be the kind of people our dogs think we are.
There's this truly huge GSD that comes to our dog park. Damien loves to put his entire body in the kiddie pool and then push himself around inside the pool in circles. When he gets out, there's no more water.
I was chatting with his human family when he came up and sat down at my side. They were horrified because he was covered with sand and dirt and water. I laughed and put my arm around him and pulled him against me. "I'm wearing 'dog park' clothes," I said. Then Damien leaned back into my arm, looked lovingly into my eyes and licked my nose. Did I mention that he's huge?
I think this friendliness and sense of humor are pretty typical of GSDs. However, I do think that this dog's human family has taken a lot of time and trouble to socialize and train him.
I think the reason people are telling you to talk to a breeder is that we don't know you, your personality, or how you carry yourself.
GSDs are usually very smart dogs. If you are the type of person who can channel that intellectual energy, then it's a great match. If you expect the dog to entertain itself, it may pick up habits that you can't handle or abide.
Defining traits of breed can make it the perfect match for one person, but a nightmare for the next. I agree that you need to talk to someone who can recognize the intangibles in someone's personality that make a good match for their breed.
Don't be afraid to ask, "Do you think this breed will work for me?" Don't be offended or embarrased if they say no. Not every breed works well for everyone -- that's why there is so much variety.
unfortunately,there are not much good breeders in the country i live,in my city there are only three breeders and i have talked to thrice of them...but what i noticed that they are much more interested in selling their puppies at high price instead noticing and judging how STRONG and GOOD you are to take a breed from them.
for example,i once called a breeder and asked if he has labrador pups available..he replied in positive and mentioned the price of each pup..then i further asked that what kind of nature lab has and will they require extra exerscise coz iam not able to give much time on excersizing the dog..he replied like ''No !! NO!! you dont need to this is wonderfull dog and you should deffinately take this for your home i have very small quantity left now."
so you see,that breeder never met me,never talked to me and he is claiming that lab are okay with me and they do not need excersize..while we all now lab needs extraordinary excersize.
so bcoz of this i cannot rely on a breeder thats why i came to you people to help me out and i take my pup from a news paper ad.
Correct, not all breeders are the same. The other thing that I might suggest if you personally are not able to find a really good GSD breeder, find a PROFESSIONAL breeder of another breed who understands how to go about finding a good breeder and that person may also help you. I've had people contact me for assistance in finding a breeder of another breed. You would want a breeder that understands joint/eye problems as GSD like many large breeds have those inherant problems and need to be screened.
That can be true of GSD's however, I used to have a GSD, and he was good with my nephews. Mine was wary of strangers, but once introduced and allowed to smell them over, he was fine. We also took him to Ohio (we live in TX) where my parents and entire family live. He loved my parents - in fact, he followed my dad everywhere while he worked in the yard. He also was great with my younger cousins there. You just have to find a reputable breeder like everyone stated that knows and understand the personality and dispostion of GSD. Also, it is true, they can have major genetic problems - we had to put ours down because of the severe arthritis that developed from hip dsyplasia and this is why it is so important with GSD's to find that good breeder. Also, getting him/her professionally trained as a puppy helps out a lot. If I didn't live in an apartment, I wouldn't hesitate on getting another GSD. They are great, humorous, intelligent, full of personality, loyal family dogs. They are also talkers (not all, but most) and will definitely talk to you to let you know what they want. I used to say to mine, "what are you doing Cannon?" and he would let out this, "rowrowroo" (really don't know how to put it in letters), but it was like he was talking without words. Finally, a lot of what you hear with them is a typical stereotype and definitely does not apply to all GSD's.
The GSD, like any other dog can be a wonderful family pet, IF, it is raised in the home with children. That goes with any breed really. Alot depends on how the dog is raised. Our GSD, Harley, was raised from the time he was born, in the house with our family. He has never shown an ounce of aggression, nor has he ever "herded" anyone or even attemped too. My cousin has Keira, his sister. They live on acreage and Kiera was raised as a livestock guardian. She is very wary of strangers and would not make a good family pet. Both of these dogs were from the same litter. Both raised completely different and both have totally different personalities.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Charmer: just noticed that when you talked to the Lab breeder, you mentioned that you did'nt have much time to exercise a dog. I'm assuming that has changed now. All of this comes back to doing your homework, with the breed you want or like, scrutinizing breeders, and taking into consideration your own personal circumstances. I will not generalize about any breed. I won't sell one of my puppies to people with young children, but does it mean they're not a good family pet? Of course not. Any reputable breeder will ask you to fill out an application form, if you want to purchase one of their dogs. Don't ever buy a dog from a breeder who just wants the money.