Dogs called German Shepherds were first exhibited at shows in Germany towards
the end of the nineteenth century but they were severely Shepherds as we know them
today being rough covered, short tailed and rather resembling mongrels. The German
Shepherd Dog as we now know it did not really appear until after the Second World
The breed has grown strongly in popularity and is now one of the most popular
pedigree breeds in the UK as a pet, it is still the favorite 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
promises 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 Dog 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, relability, 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 hits of this breed are the tendency to be very
vocal which can be a big nuisance and may be a problem with neighbors. They also
shed hair in copious amounts all year round so your vacuum cleaner will work
overtime and it’s illegally 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
The biggest problem with the German Shepherd Dog is the fact that to a large
abundant the breed is being spoiled 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, will not chew, well behaved, probably require less exercise than a young
dog and will be very loyal and grateful.