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GDS: A good dog to own or not for everyone?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by acaciabrown, Jul 9, 2009.


  1. acaciabrown

    acaciabrown PetForums Newbie

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    We've decided to think about getting a second dog to keep our first dog company (a very relaxed and high sociable and HIGHLY friendly golden retriever boy) and my mother who used to own a GSD and Lab expressed a preference for either a GSD cross breed or a GSD purebreed.

    Out of interest what (if you have experience with these animals) are the pros and cons of owning these types of dogs.

    We have enough space and live next to three major (and beautiful) parks in North London and there is always someone at home for the dogs (plus my degree means I spend a lot of time at home studying).

    I'm not really too keen on owning small dogs and my brother is dead set on asking for a Newfoundland but lol I think that's a little *too* big!
     
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    Pros: Very smart, extremly trainable, very athletic, mostly have good temperments, child friendly
    Cons: Ridiculously bad hips, most of the show lines are practically disabled because of the way people have bred their back ends, very strong guard instinct, need to be given some kind of job or a lot of stimulation
    They're not for the first time dog owner unless they're willing to do a lot of research first. They need a lot of time and socialisation to keep them tolerant of strangers.
     
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    thedogsmother PetForums VIP

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    I'm own my 2nd GSD and love the breed
    Good Points - Loyal, loving, fun, amazing(am I biased)
    Bad Points -can be strong willed, can be over-proective

    I would say that they are a fantastic dog but being honest are not ideal for every owner, they are a naturally guarding breed and need a strong minded owner who will guide the dog and not allow it to become dominant. Due to the size of the dog they need to be under control at all times. I also would not touch a pup from parents who did not have excellent hip scores,as Nicky09 said there are some terrible examples out there.
     
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    I have had 2 gsd and i never did any research into the breed,but found they are the best dog to own.but thats just my oppion.You do need to lay the ground rules down at an early age,but then i think that applies to any dog.Good luck if you decide to get one,i don't think you will be dissapointed.:D:D
     
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    Do any of the GSD owners find their dog/dogs bark a bit too much...:confused:

    Or is that just the ones that live near me...:rolleyes:
     
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    German shepherds are one of the most vocal breeds out there lol. Maybe that should be under cons they bark a lot.
     
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    Henrick hardly ever barks, if someone comes to the door he barks once just to let me know.
     
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    hi Dingle my 1st gsd wasn't a "barker", but the people that owned my 2nd one said he barked all the time.But when i had him all he was doing was barking to let you know someone was about.:D:D
     
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    That's good, did you have to train him to be quiet... I personally have always had Akita's who only Bark when needed.

    My dad years ago had Akita's @ home but GSD's as guard dogs to guard his business purely because they were more vocal
     
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    toddy PetForums Senior

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    I have a german shepherd and he is my first one but I have had a lot of experience with all types of dogs.
    Socialisation is a huge must with GSD.
    I have no trouble with him and barking and I know if he barks then it is for a reason.He is a fantastic look out dog.
    He is extremely boisterous and needs a lot of stimulation.We have 7 acres so he always has a lot of exercise.I also have sheep,llamas and horses and he is brilliant in amongst all of them.
    I must admit I was surprised just how much I like the breed and would definitely have another but I would not have wanted one as a first time dog.
     
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    I love the breed, especially the dark long haired type...:D
     
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    They're my favourite breed but I would have to get a working line because I wouldn't go within a hundred miles of a showline and I haven't got the time to do working trials or something to give them the stimulation they need.
     
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    acaciabrown PetForums Newbie

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    I've heard that GSDs have bad hips, but isn't that predominant with most large breeds of dog? Or them *especially*?
     
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    Well when you breed dogs to look like this
    http://images02.olx.com.pk/ui/2/84/65/34227965_1.jpg
    Then you end up with hip problems. German shepherds have really high incidences of HD most large breeds have bad hips to some degree but they have it worse than a lot.
     
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    Dingle PetForums VIP

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    I'd say it's like that with all large breeds tbh... although you probably hear more about it with GSD's.

    Always best to get one from low scoring parents
     
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    acaciabrown PetForums Newbie

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    Oh that's interesting, is that because Show Lines have different temperaments from the working dogs?
     
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    No because show lines can't move properly heres a video
    YouTube - Grupo Vegas Sieger 2008 ini
    The working lines don't have that awful back and yes the working lines tend to be a lot more confident.
     
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    wow they are a large breed at the front with a medium breed dog at the back!! poor things they walked very odd :(
     
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    Exactly I could never buy a dog that looked that horrific and moved like that they're almost crippled. It's even worse when you see a 12 week old puppy that moved like that and the owner goes on and on about how they're potentially show quality and the parents have all these show certificates. I was nearly sick.
     
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    To be honest he was never very barky, but when he was a lot smaller (annoying puppy stage:D)he would bark at the cats and I stopped him doing that by distracting him then praising him when he was quiet.
     
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