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I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd

 
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German Shepherds are good dogs but not a breed for everyone much as the breeds I have a St. Bernard and Anatolian Shepherd are not for everyone due to their innate and/or physical characteristics.

You are correct socialization of any dog is important as is experiencing different everyday circumstances as this helps them interpret other new experiences. When I introduce my Anatolian Shepherd to a new person, I have to sit on the ground to show him that I am comfortable in their presence while no introduction is necessary for the St. Bernard.
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You have to kinda talk dog for a bit eh? Good on you!
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I am not certain as what you are on about as I simply voiced my opinion and experiences.
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I took it to mean that by sitting on the ground to let your dog know it was to "talk dog". Telling your dog it was ok. hf
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Yes, that is correct dog breeds have certain characteristics through generations of breeding and using their behavior patterns elicits the desired response without undue unproductive drama.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
wow, thanks for all the good info on this thread, I am becoming more sure that a german shepherd is what I want.

I am really enjoying this process, I've been without a dog for too long. hf
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Are you still leaning towards getting a dog from your friend? Like I said, best to check around and get as much info as possible and please know that a German Shepherd from one line may be a bit different from another line (especially the working dogs, which are great but may be too much for most people!). I saw yesterday that you liked my pic, the pup in my avatar is of the long hair variety. They length of a German Shepherd's coat can vary from extremely short to very long (most are known as short coats though), as well as a myriad of colors.
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I see your dogs ears are glued together, indicating one had trouble standing up. Did it work? And at what age is it to late to attempt this?
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
I have a friend who breeds them and she seems happy with them as a pet. My only question is about their hips, I always hear stories about them getting some sort of hip problems (I forget what they call it)I also plan on taking it to training, so it will be well behaved in public.
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Well, I bet American Breeders will disagree, but many times people will get originally bred German Shepherds from Germany that have been carefully chosen to create a strong vibrant animal. There's a lot of amateurs, nice people, who dally in breeding animals. I've seen a lot of hip dysplasia from their efforts. It's probably not their fault, just the result of some genetic issues that give a predesposed animal with weaknesses. This however is probably the most expensive means of getting one.

Another option is a Timber Shepherd. They're a German Shepherd/Wolf hybrid. They are powerful creatures.


I highly recommend any of the dog books by the monks of New Skete.
[link to www.newskete.com]
They specifically raise German Shepherds and understand them. It'll open your eyes to the needs of dogs and their community and behavior.
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It looks like the German Shepherds from Germany are not all that great either...


German Cops Ditch German Shepherds for Belgian Breed

Read more: [link to www.foxnews.com]
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Uh oh. Don't do this Laura. Can't be spending turkey day evening arguing this issue. lol

I don't think it's that the dogs aren't good, it's the attributes they're looking for. Cost is also a factor. If they do change, I bet they'll go back. You know how high drive a Shepherd is. Can you imagine living with a Mal? Bet there are going to be some exhausted, unhappy cops.
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Come on Nine's, you know we can agree to disagree :) I just don't like when people automatically assume a dog from Germany automatically equals a great dog...just like a dog from America equals crap. I imagine a lot of the cost in the dog is due to the training versus the dog itself, and one of the reasons they mentioned was that the Malinois was "sturdier", to me would mean healthier overall. I could never imagine living with a Mal, beautiful dogs and they seem awfully cool, but I can't even stand my husband when he gets into his intense, active mode...so OMG!!
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
wow, thanks for all the good info on this thread, I am becoming more sure that a german shepherd is what I want.

I am really enjoying this process, I've been without a dog for too long. hf
 Quoting: mk ultra 5813027


Are you still leaning towards getting a dog from your friend? Like I said, best to check around and get as much info as possible and please know that a German Shepherd from one line may be a bit different from another line (especially the working dogs, which are great but may be too much for most people!). I saw yesterday that you liked my pic, the pup in my avatar is of the long hair variety. They length of a German Shepherd's coat can vary from extremely short to very long (most are known as short coats though), as well as a myriad of colors.
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I see your dogs ears are glued together, indicating one had trouble standing up. Did it work? And at what age is it to late to attempt this?
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Actually they are not glued, but sometimes when German Shepherds ears go up they can almost appear as such. They will go through some funky phases while trying to straighten out! I've never really had a problem with ears going up in my lines, but if you are having an issue with ears, you can start around the age of 4 months. Supplement with calcium (yogurt, cottage cheese, I've even given whole raw eggs shells and all) will help too, along with giving the pup something to teethe on.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
carefull... your about o fall deeply in love with a critter... ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




although i prefer a mix of shepard and?
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We have a mix of Shepherd and ?... Mother was a pure German Shepherd but we don't know the father, it was a natural accident. Our boy is 20% larger than a standard shepherd, he exactly looks like a shepherd except his nose. He is much more stronger and the most clever dog I've ever seen!!! We love him and he loves us and I think we are really lucky to have a dog like him.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
carefull... your about o fall deeply in love with a critter... ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




although i prefer a mix of shepard and?
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We have a mix of Shepherd and ?... Mother was a pure German Shepherd but we don't know the father, it was a natural accident. Our boy is 20% larger than a standard shepherd, he exactly looks like a shepherd except his nose. He is much more stronger and the most clever dog I've ever seen!!! We love him and he loves us and I think we are really lucky to have a dog like him.
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What does his nose look like?
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
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Dog breeder has little to do with it.
All pure breed German Shepards have that genetic flaw.
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Are you saying all German Shepherds have hip problems? That's incorrect, however it can pop up even in dogs that have had parents, grandparents, etc. who have been health tested. There's no way to produce a flawless dog, just like there is not a flawless human. Some lines are more likely to have good hips than others, however.
 Quoting: Laura Bow
Put a little colloidal silver in there water, this kills parasites, bacteria ect.
The dog will live a long healthy life, The immune systems best friend. A vitamin E capsule in food will keep fur shiny plus the other benefits. Something to keep in mind, save alot on vet bills. Of course this works on cats as well.
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Re: I'm thinking of getting a german shepherd
They can have hip dysplasia, among other health issues, which is why it's important to go to a good breeder who knows what they are doing. German Shepherds are good dogs though when properly bred and raised. See my avatar :)
 Quoting: Laura Bow


Dog breeder has little to do with it.
All pure breed German Shepards have that genetic flaw.
 Quoting: Burt Gummer


Are you saying all German Shepherds have hip problems? That's incorrect, however it can pop up even in dogs that have had parents, grandparents, etc. who have been health tested. There's no way to produce a flawless dog, just like there is not a flawless human. Some lines are more likely to have good hips than others, however.
 Quoting: Laura Bow
Put a little colloidal silver in there water, this kills parasites, bacteria ect.
The dog will live a long healthy life, The immune systems best friend. A vitamin E capsule in food will keep fur shiny plus the other benefits. Something to keep in mind, save alot on vet bills. Of course this works on cats as well.
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Vitamin C is good as well.

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