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  • in reply to: German Shepherd #79994
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    [quote author=Lisa33 link=topic=7101.msg131378#msg131378 date=1173970074]
    Oh, I’m not blaming the breed. 

    I just meant that I was weary of them before and even more so just from the experience, it was the owner that was totally irresponsible as it had a muzzle on but was too loose and it managed to grab at Emmy’s leg.

    Not here to offend ;D

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    No offence taken  ;D

    in reply to: German Shepherd #79991
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    [quote author=kizkiznobite link=topic=7101.msg131361#msg131361 date=1173967939]
    a few reasons i guess – i am more of a gundog person than a herder – mum was the herder lover dad the gunner and i was a daddies girl  🙂 i would be comparing and evalulating against roger and his offspring – and they were very special and that wouldnt be fair – i would expect too much i guess  – i keep a dog pack and while 5 clumbers are manageable not sure i have the room or the inclination for anything bigger and of a more challenging temperament

    basically – i am too old!!!  ;D
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    Thanks for your reply Bev 🙂  My sister is a gundog person and I adore the pastorals … we can’t help which we fall for 🙂

    in reply to: German Shepherd #79990
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    [quote author=Lisa33 link=topic=7101.msg131356#msg131356 date=1173967567]
    Yes, I feel like that too, never known why ??? Just feel very wery of them.  Even more so when Emmy got attacked by one 🙁
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    I think the problem is that they are police dogs and the media portray police dogs generally barking and snarling or biting people.  If only they also showed coverage of the very same dogs finding missing children or vulnerable people, the same breed as search and rescue and guide dogs or PAT dogs, that may help dispel some of the myths  :-\  

    Unfortunately ignorant owners and unscrupulous breeders are common and they certainly don’t help the reputation of the breed.  When you see a well socialised, well trained GSD, there are very few better sights IMO.

    I am sorry you had a bad experience when your dog was attacked by a GSD, but please don’t blame the breed – blame the owner.

    in reply to: German Shepherd #79988
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    [quote author=zerlinda link=topic=7101.msg131349#msg131349 date=1173967106]
    i gotta say they are stunning looking but for some reason i have always been nervous of them too i think because they are used as police dogs etc i think it kinda gives an air of authority…can’t think of the right words to explain so hope you can understand that  😉
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    I do know what you mean.  I think that was one of the reasons why I was first attracted to the breed, as I had always wanted to be in the police since being small  🙂  I had never had any bad experiences with the breed as a youngster, only good – and so that also helped my admiration and love grow. 

    I adore the longcoats and would always like to have one, as well as the collies, but with the health problems that seem to beset the breed, I am not sure what the future holds for me  :'(

    in reply to: German Shepherd #79985
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    That is an amazing story, what an ambassador for the breed Roger must have been.  Although, I am sad to say that GSDs of old seemed to have steadier and more predictable temperaments than many today  >:(

    You must tell us the story of Roger’s son some time  🙂

    Why would you never have a GSD yourself?

    in reply to: German Shepherd #79983
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    Roger was gorgeous  ;D  Please tell us the story of how he saved your life  🙂

    in reply to: German Shepherd #79980
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    Pics please everyone!!  ;D

    in reply to: German Shepherd #79960
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    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]

    in reply to: German Shepherd #79958
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    [quote author=Joly link=topic=7101.msg126753#msg126753 date=1172858962]
    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.  :-\
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    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.  :'(

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