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Old 10-15-2012, 09:41 PM
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We are having this discussion because I refuse to get and discard dog after dog finding what works. I want to figure it out beforehand, get a dog, and have it have been the right choice. If I wasnt set on that, I would be another Jairi and I wouldnt be bitching about having to reject the GSD and Akita because of unsuitabilities. Iv got half a dozen people in person and online telling me a watered down Sibe would do perfectly, and half a dozen people telling me that NO Sibe, on ANY part of the spectrum, will suit me. I just dont know. This is why Im HERE, asking stupid questions.
I definitely think that fostering some sibes or sibe x would be a really enlightening step. Everybody has different definitions for terms like "drivey" and "sharp" and different ideas of what is a lot of activity and what is normal which is probably why you're getting a variety of answers. With fostering you'll get an idea of what exactly you do and don't like, and that information will help you find the right breed/lines for your needs.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:43 PM
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I think the reason many of us aren't clamoring to tell you a watered down Sibe *might* be okay is because we are basically telling you to go out and get a poorly bred dog that doesn't represent the breed well. It's an awkward position.

But they exceed your height, weight and sport needs, too. So that makes it more complicated.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:51 PM
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Malinois look like coyotes on steroids, they would be dangerous in ID. -_-
I actually remember reading somewhere that there was a Malinois that got mistaken for a deer while loping through the forest. Considering that it was a large Malinois, I can actually kind of see how that would happen (thankfully the dog is fine).
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:01 PM
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I actually remember reading somewhere that there was a Malinois that got mistaken for a deer while loping through the forest. Considering that it was a large Malinois, I can actually kind of see how that would happen (thankfully the dog is fine).
The caretaker for the church campground had a beautiful fawn dane that was shot by someone who thought it was a deer. It was heartbreaking. She totally did look like a deer too, until she slowed down enough you could see her head.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:43 PM
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I even cover Ozzy in orange and keep everyone in sight during deer season, and we typically stay out of the woods this time of year. But this year we actually live IN the woods, so staying out isn't an option.

And personally, I don't think she needs a GSD at all. They need a certain type of owner, and by her own admission, she's not it. So don't get a bloody GSD. That's simple there, isn't it?

Knox is a screaming banshee who will nail you when he's over threshold and frustrated, which is entirely my fault. But I love that drive (not the screaming though, I could totally do without that) and some people don't. Simple as.

I was GOING to say it's entirely possible to find a smaller working line GSD who fits your size requirements. Knox is 24 inches at the shoulder, and when he's not off his food, is about 60 pounds to 65 at working weight. But you'd give him back in less than 24 hours because he's a demanding jerk who WILL ignore people whom he doesn't respect. And currently, there's only about three people he listens to. Me, my boss, and his breeder. He blows Steven off constantly, flat out ignores my mother, and runs all over my brother and sisters. I don't care, because he loves and respects me.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:48 PM
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Yes, exactly - I don't want a dog with high suspicion because my dog is my day to day companion first and foremost, and that means I take him everywhere I can with me. Trent is very stable, breezes through large crowds when I take him to sidewalk sales, and while he doesn't look forward to meeting new people, he's been known to fall in love with strangers once or twice He allows people to walk through our door if someone is there to greet them, and even then if guests walk in unannounced, he'll alert bark at most. A frightening display, but with no meaning behind the action. He hardly bats an eye at people walking past our house or our car, if we're in a parking lot.

But, if he senses any genuine nervousness or fear from me, he jumps into action (and I admit to scaring easily). And not as a human or fear reactive dog would. Luckily, it's always been false alarms and a pat on the side or a "it's okay, Trent" calms him down almost immediately. He's very conscious of me even when he is acting on a perceived threat, and has displayed excellent discernment in the past.

It helps that he is 3 1/2 now and finally growing that brain of his In dog less self aware or mentally balanced (whether due to age or maturity), or in a dog with lower thresholds and stronger suspicion or a sharper temperament, this can become something that is difficult to manage... especially if handled by the wrong person. Some traits inherent to the breed can be misinterpreted and then mishandled, or simply not recognized or dealt with at all.

Even in a lower drive, higher threshold, "pet quality" dog like Trent, it took a while for me to really know my dog and what I had (and by that, I mean a great dog and a poor personal understanding of the type I owned ). As a first time dog owner, I managed well, in my opinion, and without much effort to be honest. Just a basic understanding and the realization that my expectations weren't very informed. So if someone wanted a dog that would not display aggression, then I'd definitely recommend against German Shepherds, among many other breeds.
I'm so glad you've had such a good first dog experience! I really love a GSD with a good balance of breed traits... they are just such awesome dogs.


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Oh absolutely, and I don't mean to say or imply that it's the breeder's fault at all. I can see how it may have come off that way to anyone else, so just to let everyone know, I don't fault the breeder the least! I remember the Shepherd's owner posting a picture of the dog's littermate and he was just fine. And, as I said, the dog's temperament sounds just stellar.

She recently updated on a smaller GSD forum I'm a member of, with a quick picture and post.
I know you didn't mean anythnig like that, its just good to clarify for those who might be lurking. Thats awesome, I'm glad she's doing so well with her dog! He sounds like he's a great fit for her.

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Oh geez, I could go two weeks without training or exercising Trent and he'd still just nap his way through the day. He's so calm around the house he's flat out boring. I wish he'd do more! I love practicing indoor pictures, but all of them are just of him looking at me (points to signature).
Erm, yeah the girlies are "special." It probably doesn't hurt that I have a hard time sitting still too, lol. They stare at me like that too, but its more like Stewie Griffin going, "Mom, mom, mom, mom..."

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Lily and Scout sound like such a fun pair to be around! There should be some sort of PNW meet up - I've been wanting to meet katielou (I can't remember if she's in Seattle or an hour away from Seattle) and steal Abe. I'll nab your pair while I'm at it.

Always love hearing your thoughts, monkeys!
I think they are, but then I'm super biased! Oh man that would be really fun! Some summer we should all do that. And Adrianne will be in OR soon! The girls would totally love you nabbing them, they are shameless attention whores LOL.

Thanks, that is nice to hear. Sometimes I get kinda shy about voicing my views, trying to get over that lol.
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Malinois look like coyotes on steroids, they would be dangerous in ID. -_-
Indeed. If I'm still here when I eventually get one, it would have to wear orange too.
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Someone's buckskin horse got killed here like five or six years ago. And another person's sorrel horse got shot because some asshat from Boise got overexcited. Sigh, its fun when city people come out to our mountains. The rednecks are actually a lot less trigger happy than the yuppies who think they are going to come shoot a deer/elk/whatever.
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Denis is born a redneck of sorts, he's extremely careful with the guns. I can see that.
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And personally, I don't think she needs a GSD at all. They need a certain type of owner, and by her own admission, she's not it. So don't get a bloody GSD. That's simple there, isn't it?

Knox is a screaming banshee who will nail you when he's over threshold and frustrated, which is entirely my fault. But I love that drive (not the screaming though, I could totally do without that) and some people don't. Simple as.

I was GOING to say it's entirely possible to find a smaller working line GSD who fits your size requirements. Knox is 24 inches at the shoulder, and when he's not off his food, is about 60 pounds to 65 at working weight. But you'd give him back in less than 24 hours because he's a demanding jerk who WILL ignore people whom he doesn't respect. And currently, there's only about three people he listens to. Me, my boss, and his breeder. He blows Steven off constantly, flat out ignores my mother, and runs all over my brother and sisters. I don't care, because he loves and respects me.
Knox is such a cool crazy boy, I'd love to meet him. Scout does the exact same thing of going over the top in drive. Another thing I think wouldn't be a problem if I'd had her since she was a pup, but no way in hell I'd pay what her first adopter paid to adopt her from the shelter at 12wks old. No way.

Playing fetch with her is fun. We're working on her overexcitement, but I still get nice bruises sometimes. At least she doesn't nip my butt when I pick up her toy anymore, lol.

Both mine ignore people they don't respect too. They just act like they don't know what that person is talking about.
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