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Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by Leah567, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. Dec 10, 2017
    Leah567

    Leah567 Overrun with beasties

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    I want to get a puppy and was wondering... Do german shepherds bark a lot? Will they bark at neighbors that are jogging down the street? My min pin is like that. I really want a male german shepherd but I don't want a dog that constantly barks. I live in the country with chickens, horses, and my min pin
     
  2. Dec 10, 2017
    Bunnylady

    Bunnylady True BYH Addict

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    My only experience with this breed was with a pair of Shepherd cross rescues that my husband and I had, many years ago.

    Yes, they barked. A lot. They also knew to shut up when told to, which is more than I could say about a lot of our neighbors' dogs. We had neighbors who liked to jog early in the morning, and I could always tell their progress by the barking dogs. We had a couple of house cats at that time, and I can remember seeing the cats run to the window when the dogs barked, to see what they were barking at.
     
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  3. Dec 10, 2017
    Goat Whisperer

    Goat Whisperer Herd Master

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    I recommend you research the breed thoroughly. Buy some books specifically for GSD's. @Southern by choice probably has a good recommendation.

    I saw you just sold your last dog. I don't know that I would recommend you running out to get another dog.

    Is there a reason why you want the dog to be a male? Why GSD? Why did you choose this breed? How much dog experience do you have?

    Many dogs will bark.
     
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    TAH

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    Okay, from your posts on BYC this is like the 2dog you've sold for being aggressive, barking, etc.

    I have no experience with the GS but I know many friends with them, and I would never get one without a lot of experience.

    Those dogs read there owners mind like I've never seen before.

    I'm with goat whisperer you probably shouldn't go and jump into getting another dog.

    I recently just got my first Lgd, but oh my gosh, I'm so thankful her owner has let me keep in touch and helped me with training and understanding her! I would be lost right now without her.
     
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    Baymule

    Baymule Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    Maybe a mature, trained dog would be better than getting a puppy.
     
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    Leah567

    Leah567 Overrun with beasties

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    This is only the first dog I've sold for aggression.... I've owned dogs ALL my life, I've had a lot of experience. I've just seen a lot of german shepherds that are aways barking and was wondering if they all did this.
     
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    Leah567

    Leah567 Overrun with beasties

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    I've heard it's best not to get a full grown dog because they can turn on you if you didn't raise them
     
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    babsbag

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    If that were the case there would be no successful adoptions coming out of shelters or rescues and we all know that there are plenty of older dogs being rehomed without issue.
     
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    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Why not go to the local shelter and get a nice adult dog that needs a home? If all you're looking for is a house pet, that's non aggressive and non noisy, then there's really no need to start with a GSD. GSD's, like your recent LGD, are working dogs. They (most) need a job to be truly happy. There are LGD's that can be house/companion dogs as well as LGDs... I own one. I have also owned GSD's at both ends of the spectrum. But you need to know what you're looking for specifically and target getting ONLY that dog with those specific traits.
     
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    Bossroo

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    When you go to a rescue, you do not know what exactly you are getting, especially if it is a mix. Just one of our neighbors have 3 little kids experiences , so they went to a rescue for a pet dog. It bit two of the kids. Next they took home a large mix, constantly chewed up all of the furniture, and when corrected, ran away. Next one urinated only in the kitchen even when just let in from the outside for a couple hours. Next one was a spayed GSD, a week later it was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer. You pay your money and take your chances.