Originally posted by Domo1
I want a dog that I can do various things with. I would like to try a few things after basic obedience including Flyball, Agility etc. I
I feel I need to clarify that I don't want a lab, a border collie or anything not geared more towards a protection breed. If I wanted just a plain
old dog I'd already have a pound mutt. I want a breed that's 'sharp' and more geared towards guarding/protection work.!
edit on 2-11-2011
by Domo1 because: (no reason given)
First I happy to hear that you plan to adopt, you can look around at all the shelters. You can go online to the rescue websites in your area for a
Next, my opinion on experience:
I own German Shepherds, one is a sable black and white, the other a darker red and black. They are both loyal, friendly, GREAT with the kids, BARKS
and Growls at every *intruder* entering the property!
My Akeyma (passed away now) loved to chase jack rabbits, climb ladders and play fetch. Sirius is the guardian mostly. Loves to sit by my side and is a
To you they may be ugly, you shouldn't let that matter......You have to be dominant, most people who get shepherds have not properly established
hierarchy. That's where the problems come from. Get a female!
IF they are socialized with other dogs well, you should not have any problems. Yes they shed, most dogs do....Just invest in a nice vacuum and not
worry. Make sure to get an INDOOR BED!!!! They can shed there all they want to!
My only complaints about the breed is that when they get older hip dysplasia may set in, but that is common with large breeds.
Lastly: If you go to a pound or shelter, let your and the potential companions spirit guide you!!!! You may find a dog you think is not (insert
whatever here) enough but something pulls you towards her.....Follow your heart
Also, females are smarter out of the male and female dogs, just so ya know, they are also easier to house train...
Recently I adopted a pup, she is a lab mixed with something, I dont know what, but she is already making out to be a great watch and guard dog at 16
weeks old!! I don't know what the other mix is, but I like it. And oh is she agile... She is already climbing ladders and sliding down the slide with
Odds are you will get a mutt anyway, and they are usually hardier with less genetic diseases....
Choices choices huh? Follow your intuition and spend time with your options.
A good dog is a TRAINED one! So whatever your choice, dog training is a must!
GOOD LUCK! I cant wait to hear what you decide...