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Bmath
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Also, these dogs require physical and intellectual stimulation. They enjoy training as they're high-drive dogs and need to have a purpose. They're a working breed, after all.


This is a good point, and has created many problems with dogs and their owners.

People often pick a breed of dog simply because it looks cool or cute. Many don't research the dog's needs to ensure it will be compatible with their current lifestyle. Then they wonder why they have a stubborn hyperactive dog that they only ever let out to use the bathroom.

So I can also see the advantages of getting a purebred dog if you are looking for a specific temperament, level of care, and possible purpose.

I know many of the working dog breeders only sell to clients that meet very specific guidelines to ensure the dog will live in a good environment.






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Tiguar
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Yeah, I remember reading about how German sheps get really restless and miserable if you dont play with them and give them a "purpose", which is why I'm waiting till I graduate and have my own place and can spend time with it.





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Tom288
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German Shepherd Dogs are like taking some super motivated gymrat, giving them a genius IQ (relative of course), and then pumping them full of Jack3d and Adderall.

All day, everyday, it's, "Dude, let's go work out. Dude lets go learn some new shite. Dude, I need some new responsibilities. Dude, I gotta go patrol the yard for intruders. Dude, stop being lazy and throw the fricking ball."

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Yeah, I remember reading about how German sheps get really restless and miserable if you dont play with them and give them a "purpose", which is why I'm waiting till I graduate and have my own place and can spend time with it.


Glad to hear it. They're not a breed that will be content chilling around the house while you're gone all day and then getting 15 minutes of "play" before you crash on the couch to watch TV all night. Also, just a general tip but I highly recommend crate training the dog, but never use the crate as a form of punishment. I crate trained both of my GSDs and they love the damn things because it's their little private den and I haven't had a single accident in the house with either of them, even when they were 8, 9, 10 weeks old. Also, avoid dog parks but keep in mind that you can't socialize these dogs enough. They need to experience as many new things, and people, as possible, just be sure to do it in a controlled manner where you know who/what you're exposing your dog to. Temperament is a huge issue with the breed.



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Buddy Garrity
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They are either jealous because they can't afford one, or they feel like they are the "better" person because they adopt "rescues."

I have never owned a purebred FTR.






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Froman
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I'm in a unique situation where I found a pure bred puppy and rescued her. She's always the most popular and well behaved dog wherever we bring her. Got lucky.





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Tiguar
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I was planning on bringing them over to my sister's to play with her dogs often. They are "dog experts"(three aussies, one german) and are going to walk me through the whole dog-rearing process.

I'm probably going to be living alone for awhile and just want a companion to go out innawoods with me and exercise with, german shep seemed like a good choice as I've heard of them being "one owner" dogs or something like that which I understood to mean they're fiercely loyal to one person.



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NoSaint
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I'm in a unique situation where I found a pure bred puppy and rescued her. She's always the most popular and well behaved dog wherever we bring her. Got lucky.


a ton of pure or damn close to pure dogs are in kennels all over the place. i wouldnt call it all that unique honestly.... and i think thats what many of the "i dont rescue" crowd forget.

if you want a very specific dog in a very specific window, a breeder is your best bet but if you are open to visiting the kennel every now and again and checking out petfinder.... you can find just about anything your looking for.






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Tom288
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I'm probably going to be living alone for awhile and just want a companion to go out innawoods with me and exercise with, german shep seemed like a good choice as I've heard of them being "one owner" dogs or something like that which I understood to mean they're fiercely loyal to one person.



They're loyal to their household, but generally do have a unique relationship with their primary caregiver/owner. Socializing with dogs is important and can be tricky, but also get them used to kids, people of different color, ages, the mailman, everybody.

A well-trained GSD isn't one that goes crazy at the sight of every stranger, they're actually very aloof and relaxed; yes, being "aloof" around most people is actually a very good trait for a GSD to possess. And it is because of their loyal nature, they bond with their owner and can be plenty friendly with everyone else, and should be, but they're not a lab or a golden where they're going to want to be best friends with everyone they meet. You want the dog to have a "clear head."

Here is a site that has a ton of useful information, articles, DVDs, etc. I know that I was able to find a lot of the DVDs on torrent sites a while back so you can look there if you want.

Leerburg Kennels

And this is a good site/forum for the breed where you can learn a lot.

German Shepherds Forum



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Tiger Among Tusks
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I don't have a purebred dog but I do have purebred cat that I purchased from a breeder 8 months ago. Lots of friends and family have given me crap for buying a cat when I could get hundreds of kittens for free at any Wal-Mart. I found a particular breed that I liked and started trying to find a breeder.

I've thought about rescuing another cat of the same breed but the rescues I've found cost upwards of $200. I guess my point is that not all rescue animals are cheap.






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Tiguar
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bookmarked for use in a couple years, cheers





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Tom288
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a ton of pure or damn close to pure dogs are in kennels all over the place. i wouldnt call it all that unique honestly.... and i think thats what many of the "i dont rescue" crowd forget.

if you want a very specific dog in a very specific window, a breeder is your best bet but if you are open to visiting the kennel every now and again and checking out petfinder.... you can find just about anything your looking for.



That's true, but it also depends on the breed you're looking at.






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Hulkklogan
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I personally won't ever go with a breeder. I just don't see the purpose when there are plenty of wonderful dogs sitting in shelters. My grandmother breeds Yorkies and people will pay $1500-$1800 for those little runts and it blows my mind. That much money for those little dogs and they have a myriad of health problems and are typically just as expensive in vet visits. Just doesn't make sense to me. But to each their own; I don't look down on someone if they do decide to go with a breeder.





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Tom288
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I personally won't ever go with a breeder. I just don't see the purpose when there are plenty of wonderful dogs sitting in shelters. My grandmother breeds Yorkies and people will pay $1500-$1800 for those little runts and it blows my mind. That much money for those little dogs and they have a myriad of health problems and are typically just as expensive in vet visits. Just doesn't make sense to me. But to each their own; I don't look down on someone if they do decide to go with a breeder.



Again, it comes down to the breed. If I want a German Shepherd Dog, then I'm going with a breeder because I'm looking for very specific qualities in the dog and you can't be sure of that with an adoption/rescue. If I'm just looking for a good dog to be my buddy then I agree, shelter and rescue dogs are often great for that. But you don't take a shelter dog when you're doing protection work, bite work, tracking, or any other form of advanced training.



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NoSaint
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For sure - if you want a black lab walk into nearly any shelter and chose from 6. For a more rare breed and specific age/gender etc... It could take much longer. I've never been that specific on an exact breed so its never been tough





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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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That's why I'll never get a shelter dogs. All my dogs have a specific job which they are very good at





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biglego
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For the most part, I do look down on people who buy dogs from breeders. Sure they have a right to spend their money in assholish ways, and I have the right to think those folks are stupid.

I guess it stems from an odd job I had in high school where I would physically deliver, in the bed of my pickup, frozen euthanized dogs from a vet office to an incinerator. The incinerator was actually at the pound, so I'd have a dead dog in my hand and see dozens of others begging for a home.






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Hulkklogan
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But you don't take a shelter dog when you're doing protection work, bite work, tracking, or any other form of advanced training.


I can agree with this. Some breeds are more adept at tasks than others, so specific breeds therefore make sense if you're trying to accomplish specific tasks with that dog.



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VetteGuy
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Understood.


Don't agree, but understand.






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Zchlsu
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I usually adopt muts at the pound because of bad experiences with purebred dogs. I would definitely own a great purebred though.





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jojothetireguy
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Damn man, I bought mine because I wanted that specific breed and no shelters close had a pure bred douge de bourdeaux. So calling people stupid and having assholish ways for buying something they want seems stupid in its own right


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