The German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog

Dogs called German Shepherds were first exhibited at​ shows in​ Germany towards the​ end of​ the​ nineteenth century but they were hardly Shepherds as​ we know them today being rough coated,​ short tailed and rather resembling mongrels. the​ German Shepherd Dog as​ we now know it​ didn't really appear until after the​ Second World War.

The breed has grown enormously in​ popularity and is​ now one of​ the​ most popular pedigree breeds in​ the​ UK as​ a​ pet,​ it​ is​ still the​ favourite working breed for many forces especially the​ police and they are widely used for security purposes.

It is​ a​ fine sight to​ see a​ well-trained GSD with his handler,​ working well to​ serve and protect. Unfortunately one of​ the​ saddest sites is​ the​ poor GSD used to​ guard premises often chained up alone in​ some dismal filthy yard with a​ lifetime of​ incarceration and little stimulation to​ look forward to.

The German Shepherd is​ a​ highly intelligent beast who will show undying devotion to​ his master but he is​ a​ dog that needs company and stimulation to​ be at​ his best.

If you​ are thinking of​ buying a​ German Shepherd as​ a​ pet and you​ have not previously owned one,​ it​ is​ important to​ research the​ breed and talk to​ experienced owners so that you​ fully understand what you​ are taking on.
GSD's do indeed make wonderful family pets but it​ is​ important to​ remember that this is​ a​ working breed and that they do have certain characteristics that can make them more difficult than your average Retriever,​ Labrador or​ Collie.

The characteristics of​ a​ good working GSD should be firmness of​ nerve,​ attentiveness,​ unshockability,​ tractability,​ watchfulness,​ reliability,​ and incorruptibility together with courage tenacity and hardness.
A German Shepherd is​ naturally protective and territorial which is​ something to​ bear in​ mind if​ you​ have lots of​ visitors to​ your house when careful introduction may be required to​ assure your pet that the​ visitor is​ not a​ threat to​ his family.

This is​ also a​ breed that requires a​ lot of​ time,​ stimulation,​ training and exercise - you​ will never wear them out,​ they will always be ready for more. a​ bored,​ lonely GSD can be very destructive and can cause an​ awful lot of​ damage to​ property in​ a​ short space of​ time.

Perhaps some of​ the​ less endearing traits of​ this breed are the​ tendency to​ be very vocal which can be a​ big nuisance and may be a​ problem with neighbours. They also shed hair in​ copious amounts all year round so your vacuum cleaner will work overtime and it's unlikely that your clothes and furnishings will ever be free of​ dogs hairs again as​ well as​ what you​ are eating invariably being contaminated with that stray hairs.

The biggest problem with the​ German Shepherd Dog is​ the​ fact that to​ a​ large extent the​ breed is​ being spoilt by irresponsible breeding by inexperienced back street breeders who care nothing about preserving the​ breed but only about making money from the​ selling of​ puppies,​ Health and temperament problems are all too common,​ so it​ is​ important to​ take expert advice and try and find a​ reputable source if​ you​ are contemplating buying a​ puppy.

Consider first taking on​ a​ rescue German Shepherd Dog from a​ reputable rescue that should be able to​ give you​ a​ good assessment of​ a​ particular dog. Remember too that an​ older GSD will be a​ very rewarding addition to​ the​ family and will be housetrained,​ won't chew,​ well behaved,​ probably require less exercise than a​ young dog and will be very loyal and grateful.

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