Kye & Coops Mom
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: East Texas
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I honestly believe before you consider any breed you first stop and have a complete soul searching of your actual family life, how much time you devote to your home, your outside activities, how many times a year you meet with others not only in your home, but out in the countryside. Really, write this down and look at it for weeks. Be as honest as you can. Certain breeds were developed to fit almost any lifestyle you have, but to be fair to yourselves and the potential animal you must see first if what this dog was developed for would be good in your lifestyle. Though most of our working breeds, no longer work, they still carry the genes to do what they were bred to do. Next I would find a good breeder and be totally honest with them. Go over and spend time with her males/females. The mother dog is the one who can imprint a lot of her personality to her babes, so you would want her to be a good representative of what characteristics you want most. If you check, you will find most police departments get their dogs from certain kennels because the temperment and early training is what they want/need for the work the dog must eventually learn to do. Guide dogs come from 3 major kennels across the country for the same reason, the parents were trained and the kennel starts early training for guiding the sighted impared. The kennel you pick will have a lot to do with the early genetics of what your dog can become with continued training.
Just be very cautious when looking at a breed if you live in town. Many towns now have lists of dogs that require more home insurance, a higher and more sturdy fense. Some towns I read about are even having people who own a more fighting or protective breed sign waivers of full responibility for the lifetime of the dog (if it remains in the town) where any and all damage or injuries will be paid for by the owners of the dogs. Can be very expensive. My town has this in consideration and will probably pass when it comes to voting time.
A German Shepherd in the right hands can be a wonderful dog. It is one of the smartest and I understand one who is very loyal, but the only ones I have seen are at our Police academy or at shows where they have the side yard used for training the dogs for attack or search. Amazing to watch these dogs in action, but the dogs are watched by spotters and very monitored/handlers very wise. With this said, a GSD would not fit our outgoing country lifestyle. With all the people coming and going, all the dogs they bring, our home would not offer the intense job everyday I think this breed would need to stay happy and well rounded. We need/want dogs who think the world is for them, happy and clownish and a good neighbor. Our goldens fit this and yet when people arrive, if the two are in the yard, they will bark to alert us to a new arrival. This is enough for us.
For you, you must make the decision if you can provide what this dog would need and make your decision from not only your heart, but your head.
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