posted on Nov, 2 2011 @ 11:22 PM
I have only owned shepherds. Several males and a female. I have friends that have Rots, Dobs, etc. so I have been exposed to a lot of other breeds.
shepherds are wonderful dogs both for working and companions. Like most dogs, you need to train them early and they need a lot of mental stimulation
and physical activity.
They take to commands very early and are very eager to please. The ones I have had are very food(treat) motivated.
I haven't seen any dog aggression, but they can be people aggressive (mostly leash aggression) but it seems to be based on curiosity rather than fear
(i.e. they wag their tails while barking).
They bond with the family like crazy, and actually know when it is the kids bed time and herd them into bed.
Our friends that come over regularly are met with great abandon and they absolutely remember who they like and who they sort of tolerate.
Shedding is an issue, and I try to brush ours regularly so if that isn't something you want to do (or you don't mind the swiffer or vacuuming) then
that may be an issue.
I love the breed, they are incredibly soulful and loyal.