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Old 07-11-2005, 06:09 PM
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Default Statistic problems with the German Shepherd

I have heard that about 90% of all the dogs that is being put to sleep, is German Shepherds, because of biting. I realize a lot of the reason must be because of the enormous inbreeding problem with German Shepherds. At least here in Denmark. But I also guess it's because of owners that didn't bother to do their homework before getting the dog. Is there a high possibility of getting a dog that might become aggressive, when getting a German Shepherd? Or is all this just an ill informed rumors.
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:13 PM
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Depends all on how you raise it. Don't let statistics discourage you. If you raise it well, it will become a wonderful dog. There may be some rough times with you and your pup like there was for me n' Rocky but in the end, you'll love the breed. Just like I do, I plan to get another one in the future.

You can take a dog with the best temperament and make him the meanest, nastiest dog in the world. It's all in how you raise him.

But GSD's have been OVER-populated because of their popularity. So, bad temparament and strays can play a large role in this. That's why it's extremely important to get one from a very good, reputable breeder. Do research on the breed a lot and prepare yourself. Puppy proof your home.

If you need a book, I'd recommend "The Art of Raising a Puppy" by the Monks of New Skete.

Good luck and I think you'll love the GSD!
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:29 PM
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Very nice! Thanks for telling me about that book. I gotta order it.
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:46 PM
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they also have another book I highly recommend "how to be your dogs best friend". I also highly recommend "the ultimate german shepherd dog" http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books honestly I havnt heard much about iresponsible breeders in europe, though Im sure a few exist. europe has strict breeding standards to follow so its not impossible but I garauntee there are fewer of them than in america. inherent problems of the gsd, most common is hip and/or elbow displasia, which is when the joint doesnt fit correctly into the socket and can be a crippling problem, if caught early enough and it isnt severe drugs and surgery can HELP. a lot of the american bred dogs (back yard bred dogs) have temperment problems such as too shy, too aggressive, dumb, etc. they can develop cataracts, blindness, retinal displasia, bloat and many others. though if you go through a good breeder these are unlikely and a good breeder will offer a health and temperment garauntee, my understanding is that most european breeders offer this untill the dog is 24 months old.
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:54 PM
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Hehe. With all these books to read, including Biology, archaeology, and Harry Potter 6, I wont have time to do my homework and relax, let alone having a dog! Life is tough.
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:57 PM
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yep. there is a lot too read before actually getting a dog. most any question you have you can ask here and get a response faster than finding it in a book, but I still recommend reading a few books, you will get a better understanding of what questions to ask, and what the answers mean. and I pitty you for biology.
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:59 PM
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Why pitty me? Biology is great!
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Old 07-11-2005, 07:00 PM
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oh, well...not to me. it was one step above math (my least favorite subject). probably mostly hated biology because of the teachers.
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Old 07-11-2005, 07:04 PM
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Yes, I can understand. The last education I tried, had biology in it. And I couldn't resist sleeping in that class. So unfortunately I did. Learning about cows and sheep's aren't the most motivating subject. But I will have to take the good with the bad as they say. After all, Biology isn't only about cows.
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Old 07-12-2005, 12:05 AM
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Stirder... have you ever read " How To Raise a Puppy you can Live With " ??? I have all the Monks' books too . But to me as a passed breeder it's #1 ! I even bought their latest edition......just to be kept informed.
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