American German Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in America. They have been bred since their inception for hunting purposes and they are considered very loyal and affectionate dogs. However, there are some drawbacks associated with them such as:
They tend to bark at strangers and other animals when not being trained properly.
Their ears may become red or even swollen due to excessive barking.
The breed tends to grow larger than average and develop health problems like hip dysplasia.
They are prone to skin infections from rubbing against things or from dirt.
American German Shepherds are known for their love of people and all human contact. They do not like to be left alone much, but they will tolerate it if you keep your distance. If you want a dog that loves attention, then choose an English Springer Spaniel instead.
If you want a dog that likes to run around and play rough, choose a Labrador Retriever instead.
If you want a dog that enjoys going for long walks, choose a Poodle instead.
If you want a dog that is quiet and reserved, choose a Collie instead. However, it is important to understand that not all American German Shepherds are alike! All dogs have their own unique personalities and quirks just like people do.
You may wish to consider the following factors before making your final decision:
Do you live in a house or an apartment?
Do you have children?
Do you have a lot of land?
Does your work involve a lot of travel?
(Police, Search and Rescue, Fire Fighter, etc.)
Do you want a dog that is suitable for guarding your property?
Do you want a dog that is suitable for searching for drugs or hidden people?
(Military, Police, Search and Rescue, etc. )
Do you want a dog that is suitable for hunting with you?
(Retrieve shots, flush, hunt, etc. )
Do you want a dog that is suitable for tracking people or animals?
(Police, Search and Rescue, etc. )
Do you want a dog that is suitable for running beside you on jogs or runs?
Do you want a dog that is good around horses?
(These dogs were originally bred to herd)
Do you want a dog that can do more than one of the above activities?
(Many of these dogs are used for several of these activities)
Do you want a dog that is good with children?
(Often used as a therapy dog)
Do you want a dog that is good with other animals?
All of these factors should be taken into consideration before making your final decision on what breed you wish to adopt.
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There are pros and cons to each breed that were mentioned above. You may have other things that are important to you or things that are not as important to you. Think about your preferences and then choose the breed that is best for you. You may even want to look into a mixed breed dog instead.
No matter which dog you choose, you will be making a lifetime commitment to take care of it and provide it with the necessities that it needs in order to live a long and happy life.
Good luck on choosing your dog!
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Sources & references used in this article:
Compensating for sight loss with a guide dog by LJ Bonneau – … -the Journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic …, 2000 – Elsevier
Polymorphism in the tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) gene is associated with activity-impulsivity in German Shepherd Dogs by E Kubinyi, J Vas, K Hejjas, Z Ronai, I Brúder… – PLoS …, 2012 – journals.plos.org
A behaviour test on German Shepherd dogs: heritability of seven different traits by S Samms – 2011 – i5 Publishing
Characteristics of 234 dog bite incidents in Ireland during 2004 and 2005 by S Ruefenacht, S Gebhardt-Henrich, T Miyake… – Applied Animal …, 2002 – Elsevier