I have owned GSDs for the last 10 years. I had always admired the breed since I enjoyed Joyce Stranger books as a teenager and fancied myself as a police dog handler 🙂
GSDs are intelligent, loyal, versatile, highly trainable and completely in-tune with their owners. It is imperative a pup is bought from health-tested parents with impeccable temperaments by a caring and conscientious breeder. Positive socialisation is incredibly important throughout the dog’s life and a firm but fair attitude towards training. A GSD respects a leader and excels when given a job to do. The breed is used for many different and diverse jobs – search and rescue, guide dogs for the blind, police work, prison and security work and even PAT work. They make excellent family dogs, so long as all members of the family are taught to respect their dog. GSDs also make great obedience and agility dogs – given the correct training.
The downside to this breed are the health problems that seem prevalent – HD and CDRM being common :'(
Here are a few photos of my pride and joy, Flame.
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