Sep 17, 2003, 10:33 PM
Post #11 of 251
Hi ! we just got a 8 week old GSD "Bosco"
he is a hand full,,any important suggestion for this breed of dog?? i used to have one when i was 14,,,but turn out to be bad experience,,we did not know the importantce of socialization,,when he reached 1 year old he had hardley meet any people or dogs,,,and was very aggressif by fear...by 4 yrs old we took the decision to put him down for i felt i could not control him,,,,,hardest thing i ever had to do in my life even t'ill this day,,,,with bosco i am trying a much as possible to let him see the world,,and people,"So far going well" but I am still very fearfull that history might repeat...
What you mentioned here is nerve problem. Although socialisation is very important, a good tempremented GSD will not show such insecurities. Unfortunately an extreemely very high percentage of show GSD you see today in the show rings today have got their temprement bread out of the line. Therefore This "show GSD's are totally a different breed altogether and different from the original German Shepherd breed which is bread for Courage, Temprement, good hips and high immunities.
My advice if you would take it, if you are looking for a campanion whom you want to share happiness with. Test the temprement throughlly from puppy before you buy. This way you won't have to worry of history repeating itself.....of course you are still responsible to socialise the hell outof him
"Take this trouble for me:
Make sure my shepherd dog remains a working dog, for I have struggled all my life long for that aim ."
Rittmeister Capt. Max von Stephanitz (1864-1936)