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Is a German Shepherd Dog Right for you?

Here are some things to consider before you adopt.

  • German Shepherds shed a lot.  If having dog hair flying around your house bothers you then you definitely should not consider getting a German shepherd.  They shed continuously, as well as blow all their undercoat at least twice a year, spring and fall.  To help with this, they should be brushed regularly, but this will still not stop the fur balls from collecting everywhere.
  • The German Shepherd Dog is a very energetic large breed.  They require daily exercise to keep them healthy and happy.  They do not do well confined to a dog run or yard on their own all day, every day.  They are very devoted to their family members, and much prefers to be with them every waking moment, rather than shut away on their own.
  • The German Shepherd Dog is very social.  If you are going to be gone for long periods of time and do not have time for training and playing which the GSD needs, then please consider another breed of dog.  German Shepherd Dogs do NOT do well as outside dogs left in kennels with little or no attention, nor do they do well sitting out on a chain all day, just being fed twice a day, with little human contact.  They love people and they want to be with people.  The more time you spend with your GSD, the better he will get.  A GSD left for long periods of time will quickly become a nuisance barker, digger and chewer.
  • The German Shepherd Dog requires obedience training, basic commands and house manners.  German Shepherds are a very powerful breed and unless taught to walk nicely on a lead, they can drag their owner on quite a tour of the neighborhood; obedience training should also include socialization with other animals and humans.
  • German Shepherds are very intelligent dogs, and require a firm handle.  This does NOT mean an abusive handler but, rather, one that will confidently take his/her place as pack leader (there is a BIG difference).  German Shepherds need a job to do and if left to their own devices too often, they will create their own enjoyment, which could be eating your furniture, digging up your back yard, or barking non-stop all day long.
  • Remember, the GSD is big dog, an active dog, a working dog, and a loyal dog.  So if you don't mind a little extra vacuuming and spending extra time with your dog, then in return you will have a wonderful friend and companion.