Characteristics of a German Shepherd
German Shepherds are one of the most sensitive dogs that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. They are very attuned to their owner/handler and know by sense when something is wrong. I once had a GSD that was amazing and my best friend. She was highly intelligent and knew my routine very well. It so happened that she and I were home alone one night when we heard a thump on the front porch. Now I lived in a very small town and only a block from the police station, therefore my front door was never locked. I opened the door and looked around, but never saw anything out of place. I closed and locked the door and within the hour, went to bed, not giving it much more thought. Upon finishing up the night time routine and climbing into bed, my dog would not settle down for the night, she kept jumping on the bed and off the bed and repeating this process over and over again for about 10 minutes. However, once I finally moved away from the door and let her lay on the side closest to the bedroom door, she settled right down and went to sleep. She wanted to put herself between me and the door, all because I locked the front door of the house, which was out of the norm. And even though I did not feel stressed, upset, or anxious she could certainly feel any underlying anxiety that I had and wanted to protect me.
I have also met a lot of GSD that are highly anxious dogs, and do not adapt well to change. They will do OK in apartment living, but prefer a house with a yard where they can run and play. They do really well in colder weather, but do not like to be alone and prefer (like most dogs) to be in a pack. The GSD is also one of the most friendly dogs you will meet, however, again some of them (feeding off their owners energies) are more anxious than others. If the owners are relaxed and strong, the dogs will be as well. They can be great around other dogs, if exposed early and often and taught by their owners how to play without aggression. They make excellent pets for everyone, children, no children, these dogs are great companions and make excellent baby sitters. If you have an active child as well as an active dog, they will be sure to wear each other out in the back yard!
GSD are one of the easiest dogs to train! Easy for even novice owners. They are extremely eager to please their owners. Making their owners happy makes them happy and their high intelligence allows for information retention easier than some other breeds. GSD’s have a high prey drive which helps in the case of search and rescue. When they are on the trail of something, it is hard to get them to stop until they find what they are looking for.
The GSD is an extremely high energy dog, they require tons of exercise in order to maintain proper weight maintenance. They are extremely playful and enjoy spending time with their families, running, frisbee, fetch, anything you want from your GSD all you have to do is ask, they will do it with great enthusiasm. The GSD can also be a little mouthy and without training can have a potential to bark or howl, with or without reason. However, the GSD are generally healthy dogs, who would live a nice long life with you and your family.
- Family and kid friendly
- Generally Healthy
- High energy
- Easy to train
- Extremely sensitive
- Used by police and military
- Used for search and rescue
- Prefers to be in a pack
What is your favorite breed of dog? Have you owned a GSD before? Would you own another? Leave me a pic in the comments below, I love seeing everyone’s fur babies!