German Shepherds are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world, but especially in the United States. They have many characteristics that are revered, including: intelligence, obedience, energy, and strength. However, some of these characteristics can turn into flaws very quickly if they are not trained or handled properly. Here is a break down at the good and bad things that can come from owning a German Shepherd, if you are not prepared.
The Pros of German Shepherds
1. They Are Among The Best Guard Dogs You Can Have
If you are looking for an animal to give you, your family, your home, and your land protection, then the German Shepherd is the one for you. They have a sense of loyalty and a ferocious territorial nature that make them excellent guard dogs.
2. They Love To Do A Good Job
German Shepherds love to have a job to do for their master. If you are looking to train them for self defense, or to take down a home intruder, or even just to scare away birds in your garden, they will do their job diligently and with pride.
3. You Can Teach Them Just About Anything
This particular breed of dog is know for it’s astounding obedience. They love to take commands, and if done properly, can learn to do just about anything (within normal doggy limits, of course).
4. Their Beauty Is Astounding
German Shepherds are renowned for their beauty. They have an elegance and strength about them that is hard to come by in other breeds. They have also have a very long history of being dominant in most fields.
The Cons of German Shepherds
1. If They Get Bored, They Get Destructive
One of the biggest issues with the German Shepherd breed is their destructive tendencies. They must have a job to do in order to feel useful and content. If they do not having something to do, they will likely give themselves a job, which will likely be seeing how quickly they can pull the stuffing out of the couch.
2. Strength Comes with Dangers
Germ Shepherds are among the strongest breed. If you are not prepared to be able to deal with this type of strength, then they are not the breed of dog for you. You should be physically able to handle the dog, as well as give it the training that it needs so this strength doesn’t end up hurting someone or another animal.
3. They Shed…A Lot
German Shepherds have a double coat, which means that they are constantly shedding. This shedding is made easier with regular brushing and grooming, but is still impossible to avoid all together. The shedding gets worse during times when they are shedding their under coat, typically when the weather begins to get warmer.