Originally Posted by showdawgz
That is the problem with many working breeds today. People see the "show" dogs and expect that is what all the dogs of that breed are like. GSD's were created as WORKING DOGS and over time their temperaments have changed drastically, and most "GSD's" can be compared to labs and goldens, but they are not true representations of the breed. People underestimate GSD's and it upsets me. I see my breed getting destroyed because of people false perceptions. I am in no way making them out to be monsters, but they are not cuddly, social, couch potatoe dogs. They are a very stable minded breed but are protective, drivey, and can be agressive at times.
If you care to use the search button, you will find that a great number of people feel the same way. That said, most American GSDs are very different than the German Working lines or the Czech lines. There are are likely to be very few first time dog owners looking into those lines.
The majority of GSDs with American breeders, shelters, or rescues, are not working lines and could make a good pet for the first time dog owner. No matter what we think the breed should be, there are many show type GSDs who need homes and may be fine. We can all hope that that first time owner sees the potential in that dog and "upgrades" to a proven working line dog in the future though.