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Pros and Cons of German Shepherds?

Pros and Cons of German Shepherds? Topic: Characteristic of a research question
May 23, 2019 / By Frea
Question: I asked a question about good dog breeds, someone suggested a german shepherd. Pros and Cons? Do you or have you owned one in the past? Let me know, Thanks!
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Darian Darian | 10 days ago
[Joylynn]: There is no "German Shepard" breed. Nor is the Question about that. [Milla's mama]: Obviously there are NO genuine GSDs in YOUR area. The breed is NOT allowed to be "fearful" (see the REAL Standard of the GSD: http://www.fci.be/uploaded_files/166g01-... , not the pathetic AKC and CKC 'pretend' ones. Look at the certificates REAL breeders of GSDs insist on before breeding from or with a KC-regd GSD: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_G... ), and if you were any good as an "animal professional" you would find them EXTREMELY "honest" in signalling their intentions. Our GSDs were 8 and 14 months old when our son was born. He was never in any danger from our dogs - not even when, as a toddler, he sat on a litter of pups that were snoozing on the lawn. When I was doing door-to-door research work I entered properties where a GSD or Retriever ran loose, but not where a Dobe ran loose - I cannot read a Dobe's expression. I got hamstring-bitten twice, by little black "hearthrugs" when I turned away from talking to their mistress, and my calf was casually grabbed by an unsupervised Staffy-type out on the public footpath. [Foisko]: You haven't told us WHAT you want to do with a pooch. That makes a HUGE difference as to which aspects will be pros for you, which will be cons. Don't waste your time asking questions here. Those with good experiences will praise a breed, those with bad experiences will curse it. And YOU won't know why either type said that, because YOU don't know each person's nature & experience. The place to find out about a breed is at a training clubs' weekly classes, where you can see the scatter-brained owners with scatter-brained pups, and the calm owners with calm young adults, and discover how the first category becomes the second. YOU will need to be in a training club for about a year, starting when Pup is 18-22 weeks old, so looking first helps you know which club to join. Even more important - you can find out what BREED or breeds appeals to YOU. The links I gave above tell you what is REQUIRED of GSDs in almost every country except Britain, Canada, the USofA (the official KCs in those 3 countries are too arrogant to belong to the FCI - heavens, they might get out-voted!), and so genuine GSDs are rare there - even the GSDs imported from Europe tend to be discards that fit right in in the buyer's country but are fails in the vendor's country. Those 3 KCs require no proof of breed-characteristics beyond that both parents be registered as GSDs. So, depending on where you are, you will be seeing deviations we sneeringly call AlsatiOns, German Crouchers, NAmerican Ski-Slope Dogs, Prick-Eared Bassets, Teeth-on-Feet, or Titanic Tail-Tuckers. That GSDs, Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are 3 of the 5 most popular breeds in every dog-loving nation tells you that those breeds DO have a lot of pros - but doesn't tell you whether they are the pros that matter to YOU. On the other hand, that popularity means that a high percentage are "bred" by ignorant people who haven't a clue about attitude, biddability, courage, determination, endurance, genetic health, size, weatherproofing, whatever. THEIR product is what [Milla's mama] keeps seeing. There is so MUCH that anyone who asks a question here NEEDS to learn before settling on a breed, then a source, then a specific pup. But Y!A doesn't allow room for that much information. If you think GSDs are for you, buy "The German Shepherd Today" by Strickland & Moses - it is the ideal first book for GSD lovers. If you prefer some other breed, find out what book is the ideal first one about that breed. Then ◙ Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_G... to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as rescue groups, feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, teething, neutering, size, diseases, genetics. ◙ To ask about your pet's breed, join some of the YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with them. If you don't know how, click my group's link then, near the top of the page, in the field saying [Search for other groups], type the breed's real name. (For a cross-breed, Search for either the one she is most like, or do a separate Search for each breed.) Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos in your messages. Make sure you ask about how to tell whether you, your lifestyle & your property are suitable for that - or ANY - breed.
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Darian Originally Answered: What are the Pros And Cons of having a Business Partner? would u say Pros's outweigh the Cons or vice versa?
I have no experience in the music industry and the specific personalities involved, however business is business, and here is my advise I always give to prospective partners. I hope its applicable to your industry. Partnerships can be mutually bennefitial, but make sure about your parner. Think it through. Choosing a business partner is something you want to put a great deal of thought into. Like anything else, having a business partner has an upside and a downside. So before you sign those partnership papers and head out for a celebratory drink, you want to make sure you’ve chosen the right one for your the business. Here are some questions to guide you in making your decision. Are you compatible? Being great golfing buddies does not mean that the two of you will get along well as business partners. You want to be comfortable with your partner and enjoy being around them. Still, in most cases, a too-close friendship is not advised. Being extremely close friends with you business partner can keep you from challenging them or offering constructive criticism. This might inhibit your partner also. This can cause resentments to flair up between you that are difficult, if not impossible, to resolve. So when choosing your business partner, make sure the person is someone you’ll enjoy being with, but remember that your business must take priority over feelings and friendship. Do you share the same values? A business partner should share your business values. You may not approach business or your work in the same manner, but when it comes to the big picture, like how to grow the business and what the goals of your business are, your partner should be in agreement. Sharing the same values with your partner gives both your partnership and the business a better shot at success and greater productivity. Is the person’s personal life stable? Knowing this is important because too often personal dramas have a way of spilling over into a person’s work life. While everyone will go through times when this cannot be helped, a person whose life is a high drama all the time can be a drain on you, rather than a help. The whole purpose of having a partner is to have someone to share the load. If your business partner is something of a drama king or queen, it’s likely they’ll be unable to give the business the attention and dedication it needs to be successful. Do you have a common vision? Where your business is concerned, the two of you need to have the same goals and beliefs about what your home based business is about, where you want it to go, and how you want it to get there. Agreeing on these fundamentals can make or break a home based business. While differences of opinion are always going to occur and can even be good in that they may open your eyes to new, better ways of doing things, agreement on the fundamentals is vital to ensuring the business will succeed. What skills and abilities will the person bring to the business? This should be a lot more than just wanting to have his/her own business, just like you do. And it’s usually better when the partner has a totally different skills and talents than you have. If both of you are only interested and capable of doing the exact, same tasks, then the business will not be a well-rounded one. This can also cause jealousy down the road when one of you, perhaps, gets more recognition than the other. Good business partners have abilities that complement each other—much like they do in a good marriage!

Brandy Brandy
They are intelligent, loyal, they have a high sense of adventure and a ton of energy. But they need an experienced owner. In a local study(Bell County, Texas), the police force used German Shepherds AND Pit Bulls. In separate tests involving baby dolls and an approaching attacker, baby dolls and provocation and baby dolls and pepper spraying the dog, the German Shepherds bit the child 3 out of 10 times, while the Pitbull bit the child 1 out of 10 times. So there is always a chance of a German Shepherd biting, but there is that chance with any dog. They are nippy and tend to jump a lot, as well.
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Aleesha Aleesha
I love the breed. You sound like you'd be an excellent GSD owner. I'd suggest being very picky when you buy a pup to try to insure a happy & healthy dog since illnesses can be fairly common in them. Also, you should know that there are a lot of people out there who are scared of German Shepherds. It's interesting how many people have been leery of our dog even though he's the friendliest dog there could be. But you know how it goes... people know they are "cop dogs" and they hear stories about how they attack people, etc. So, that's just something to be aware of that you'll probably have to deal with at one time or another. THEY SHED! Our dog is primarily an inside dog and it works out very well. However, he sheds a lot. The funny thing is, I'm a neat freak. And I HATE it if the house smells like dog. I'd suggest buying a very good vacuum (we absolutely LOVE our Dyson) b/c you will probably be using it daily. At least you will if you're as concerned about having a dog smell in the house or having your company sit on the couch & be covered with little fuzzy hairs. I'd highly suggest you consider keeping your dog as an inside dog. I'm sure all dogs would rather be inside or wherever the rest of the family is, but it seems to me that our GSD is more "needy" than the other's we've had. He'll do whatever he needs to do to break out of our fenced backyard if it means he can get nearer to us. Just something for you to take into consideration. They need quite a bit of exercise so just be prepared to spend some time & money on that. I would highly recommend agility or obedience training. They need a good bit of mental exercise, too. You probably know everything else you need to know. Do a lot of research before picking your pup and enjoy your new addition to the family once you get him. Good luck!
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Troy Troy
I have grown up with a German Shepherd, and he was one of the best dogs I have ever known. The biggest con is that they are misunderstood, and the breed is raised by people who do not research about the breed before they own one. I congratulate you for researching before your decision. Like people, each dog is different. The AKC offers breed specific information, including typical personality traits for each breed it recognizes, and is a good place to look for pure-bred animals. My personal experience is that they are loyal family dogs, smother you with love. They also are talkative. Not that they bark, but they...whine/whimper...go to YouTube and you will see. They are very social. They are very protective, and very intelligent. Easily trainable, and want to please. They need a job, something to fulfill them. The shepherd part is not just part of the name, but part of the breed...they are a working dog. Boredom will lead to problems, so they need something to keep their intellect occupied and make them feel useful. If treated correctly, you will have the best dog you could want, a truly beautiful friend for life. Good luck!
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Reubhen Reubhen
I have a German Shepard but its not pedigreed and all that. Pros - He's very smart and learns fast. He's loyal. He's good with everyone. He's big (I think that some German Shepards are smaller, though). He likes kids. He's protective but not aggressive. Cons- He likes to talk so he barks and whines a lot. He doesn't realize how big he is and gets a bit clumsy. People think he looks scary. EDIT - I wouldn't really call him challenging. He's really the easiest dog I've ever owned and he's the best behaved dog on the block. The only slightly difficult part is that I have to walk him every day or he gets rambunctious. I'm not saying that you shouldn't train a big, potentially dangerous, dog but mine is really smart and easy to train.
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Melbourne Melbourne
Nicely I'm a boy but I believe on us boys, short hair will be always better. Long hair doesn't ALWAYS show a sign of dominance. An individual see most other guys with long hair that doesn't look like these people can fight. For example there is actually a boy in my school together with very long blonde hair.
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Jojo Jojo
My friend's parents have had German Sheperds for years, and they are unbelievably smart. It was great to see how well they adapted. They didn't like me at first, but it was because they didn't know me, but once we got to know each other, we became great friends. They're great protectors, very loyal, and (like I said) smart. Very trainable, based on their intelligence, I think. They get big, (not Mastiff big, but still big) but they're gentile giants for the most part. I saw Princess run up to a 2-year-old thinking "OH CRAP! SHE'S GONNA RUN HER OVER/BITE HER/SOMETHING ELSE!" and all she got was a shower of kisses. She just wanted to give some love. Good, loving dogs. :)
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Hadley Hadley
High energy and very smart. This is a breed that needs an experienced owner that can properly train a challenging dog and give it a job that uses its very active mind.
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Earl Earl
Pros: Smart! These dogs are scary smart. They are outgoing, naturally protective and easy going. High energy. You'll have a jogging buddy for life. Cons: Smart. Their intelligence means they get bored. Bored dogs chew, bite, dig, bark, spin and other wise make nuisances of themselves. They really need jobs. They aren't a "stay at home" dog. High energy. You'll have a jogging buddy come rain, sleet, snow, heat waves, when you're so sick you can barely stand - this dog will need hours of exercise.
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Earl Originally Answered: I want to get two white German Shepherds?
Well, first of all, it depends somewhat on the age: if they are puppies, it would be better to wait until you have a larger area, ideally a place that can get a little damaged just in case. However, if they are a little older, I think you'd probably be ok. However, they should have good long walks ever day, preferably twice a day, probably about 30-45 minutes. If you could run for part of the walk, that would be great. If not, I suggest going at least 45 minutes. Also, I highly recommend getting a dog backpack for each dog, and putting something in there for them to carry, say, some water bottles. I have a one year old chocolate lab with lots of energy, so I put bags of wheat flower in his backpack, that way he has a job to do, and he has a little extra weight which tires him out faster. Dogs enjoy having a job, so if they are carrying something, they feel like they are doing something for you. Now, I can't stress enough the importance of a PROPER walk. I suggest watching Dog Whisperer, obviously not everything in the show will pertain to you, but pay attention to how the dogs are walked on the show. Thanks, hope I helped, good luck with your dogs!

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