Name withheld by request of Phoenix, AZ writes:
Intelligent, loving family pet.
I am an experienced dog owner. I have had several breeds but not one dog will take the place of my GSD. He has passed on now from hip dysplasia. This breed is highly intelligient. My GSD was obedience trained as well as personal protection. He never failed to surprise me. When I thought of an outlandish trick for him he always caught on. Also he was very good at tracking, thus we would play hide-and-seek with him for hours and he just loved the attention. Silent commands was what he learned best. I could tell him to do almost anything silently.
They are also very loving and loyal dogs. My GSD thought that he was a lap dog and would lay on my lap as long as I would let him. I loved the expressions on his face. He was a gentle bear. However, they do shed a lot. Their health concerns are hip dysplasia, pancreatic and congenital heart problems. With training and lots of love they easily become a protector and a part of the family. If you're thinking of buying a GSD go to a reputable breeder. You'll get an idea of their temperament and bloodlines.
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