Should I get a German Shepherd?
I need help deciding whether or not to get a German Shepherd. Can anybody help? I'll tell you a little bit about me, and any GSD owners out there can help me decide!
I have a large house with a large dog run and a big front porch attached to the run which my dog loves to go under for shelter. A previous dog, unfortunately, was able to dig her way out of the dog run - and I live on a busy street, so you can imagine what happened. So I can't have a digger.
I love my Sheltie, Jake, because he's an extremely quick learner and very obedient, and a lot of fun to play catch with. But he's kind of lazy and a walk with him is more like a "drag". He would walk a burglar right through the house, and he hates car rides!
I'd like a dog as smart and obedient as Jake, who will play catch and frisbee but who won't welcome an intruder. Jake worships the ground I walk on - and I'd like to have another dog with that quality!
I do live in town, and I've heard that GSDs can be very territorial. While I would never let a dog out with a leash, my biggest worry about getting a GSD is that he would get out and bite somebody.
Any thoughts? Questions? Advice?
Re: Should I get a German Shepherd?
GSD need excerize, and any dog can dig.
When I was growing up we had 3 GSD's.
and one that was quiet an escape artist.
You need to make sure your dog run and front porch
is escape proof for any dog.
GSD are territorial and can be very protective.
Some GSD are dog domiant, but if you
choose carefully there is no reason why
your GSD can not get along nicely with your sheltie.
Chose a breeder very carefully or go through
a reputable rescue that knows their dogs and
will match the perfect rescue for your household.
We have a few GSD owners on this list, I am
sure they will have great advice for you. :)
Training is a must too, GSD are usually very
easy to train and their quite smart. :)