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German Shepherd Dog Temperament

Updated on August 21, 2012

Dog specific temperaments

Just like human being every dog has its own personality. It differs from individual to individual dogs. Temperaments too are individual specific. Specially for dogs it depends on how does it's been rear up, its genetics and certainly some special and characteristic traits those give some breed specific characteristic temperaments.

Human being uses these specific temperaments of dog for special purposes. These temperaments gives German Shepherd its brave and inquisitive nature, gives Labrador retriever its docile and calm temperament that specially require to be a companion dog also for accompanying hunting.

German Shepherd Dog temperament

First of all, it should be clear what exactly the temperament is. In very easy manner "temperament" means-in psychology- aspects of an individual's personality like introvert or extrovert. This temperament surely somehow related to genetic traits,therefore, should be considered as innate characteristic.

Same definition is applicable to dog's temperament. It is governed by several factors and "blood line" or the genetic characteristics of a specific breed play the vital role of development this breed’s very special attitude, then comes the environmental and experience, etc.
In layman term, dog temperament is nothing but its attitude toward other people and animals in whatever situation it may be in.

The German shepherd breed carries a distinct personality. It could be summed up as - they are fearless, non hostile, self-confident with a considerable aloofness that prevents them from immediate indiscriminate friendship.

According to kennel club defined German shepherd standard "the dog must be approachable, quietly standing its ground and showing confidence and willingness to meet overtures without itself making them. The German shepherd is poised, but when the occasion demands, eager and alert; both fit and willing to serve in its capacity as a companion, watchdog, blind leader, herding dog, or guardian, whichever the circumstances may demand."

When someone goes to get a GSD for adoption he must keep in mind that this breed must not be timid, should not hide or go for a hiding place or hide behind its handler or master, does not show any anxiety or nervous reactions specially tucking of the tail on hearing strange sound, sight or a stranger. A German shepherd by instinct is confident so the expression of confidence less indicates a not good "bloodline" or rearing up.All of these points are indications of GSD shyness. Shyness in German Shepherd is a serious fault and as per its standard.

Now what a regular person should look from an ideal German Shepherd breed? These are confidence, fearless, not hostile, very much willing to work, a little bit of suspicious(it comes from its herding instinct) and not much friendly to a stranger.
Your German Shepherd may not come up with all physical standards, but you can make his temperament to be nearly ideal by proper and regular training as experience and environment comes next to developing its temperament.

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  • rodney80 profile image

    rodney80 6 years ago

    Yes, That is true but regarding intelligence I like another breed- Labrador retriever. I had had spent long time with one, that was my pet whom I lost in 2010, 22nd March.

    - rodney.

  • clark farley profile image

    clark farley 6 years ago

    Yeah, German Shepherd are the best of all dog breeds! In my opinion, they have the intelligence (that combined with the agressiveness inherent in the breed) results in a dog that will use their brain to solve problems, before getting adversorial.

    Have just acquired a 'non-German Shepherd' dog that we are excited about, a chodsky pes. Bred only in the Czech Republic this dog appears to be a GSD in a smaller size, which will be helpful when I get old and have to life the dog! lol

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    Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

    Wonderful ...Hey andything with dogs is a winner and German Shephards are alwasy great for me. I enjoyed this very much. Useful and up 1 for this one.