March 2, 2007 at 4:58 pm #61516
Who owns this breed?
What do you love/hate about it?
Why choose a GSD?
And post a pic or two as well ;D
I am just off to walk my dogs so will reply myself later 🙂March 2, 2007 at 6:09 pm #79957AnonymousGuest
Dont own one but groom tons – they are not a breed i like much to be honest. Can count on one had the amount we see who are normal well adjusted sane sensible dogs – now i know its the owners fault BUT ive had more GSDs try to bite me at work than nearly any other breed (shih tzus top that list) and to be honest its put me off them big time. :-\March 2, 2007 at 8:52 pm #79958
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Dont own one but groom tons – they are not a breed i like much to be honest. Can count on one had the amount we see who are normal well adjusted sane sensible dogs – now i know its the owners fault BUT ive had more GSDs try to bite me at work than nearly any other breed (shih tzus top that list) and to be honest its put me off them big time. :-\
That is a shame but I know where you are coming from 🙁 I adore GSDs but far too many are badly bred, misunderstood by ignorant owners and not trained or socialised. I know loads of great GSDs, who are ambassadors for their breed, but I have also met plenty who were nervous, noisy and/or aggressive. :'(March 2, 2007 at 8:57 pm #79959AnonymousGuest
Its a real shame – we brush one regularly who is brilliant – well brought up nice manners – lives with three kids great dog – love him to bits but sadly hes one of very few like it 🙁 I find the majority to be nervy stressed by new situations – so a grooming visit is a nightmare. Recently took on a new boy – 5 years old and terrified, just having ihm in for brushes at the moment in the hope he can learn to settle a little :-\
Thankfully i have met some really nice ones – i just wish i met a few more like it 🙁March 2, 2007 at 9:27 pm #79960
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.
[img width=468 height=351]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v112/kirsty4172/Flamepup.jpg[/img]
[img width=468 height=351]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v112/kirsty4172/FlameatLittledale.jpg[/img]March 3, 2007 at 1:04 pm #79961*Nat*Member
Flame is a stunner Mossy 🙂 :-*
My friend has 2 Long Haired GSD’s – gorgous 🙂March 3, 2007 at 1:08 pm #79962AnonymousGuest
hes stunning 😮
my sister has along haired black GSD called Shadow ill find a pic 🙂March 3, 2007 at 1:41 pm #79963March 3, 2007 at 1:42 pm #79964March 3, 2007 at 1:42 pm #79965AnonymousGuest
Gorgeous – whats the matter with his eye in that last pic leanne?March 3, 2007 at 1:43 pm #79966youngMember
Lovley pics you two :-*March 3, 2007 at 1:50 pm #79967AnonymousGuest
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Gorgeous – whats the matter with his eye in that last pic leanne?
with bensons?March 3, 2007 at 1:52 pm #79968AnonymousGuest
No shadowsMarch 3, 2007 at 1:59 pm #79969AnonymousGuest
nothing, i think it must be the angle :-\March 3, 2007 at 2:02 pm #79970AnonymousGuest
Just looks all bald round the eye :-* not his actual eye as such!!
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