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Why German Shepards Are Great Family Pets

Updated on August 12, 2011

Best Family Dogs

It has been quite a while since I have written anything here on Hubpages. I have sort of been having a hard time finding something I care or feel enough for to write about. A little while ago I was petting our dog and thought about how much I think everyone should own a German Shepard because they are such wonderful family dogs. So, here I am writing about why I think German Shepards are the best family dogs.

Many peope often wonder when deciding to buy a new dog what are the best family dogs? In my personal opinion, the best family dogs are German Shepard Dogs. This breed makes great family dogs. They have a lot of the characteristics that most people would desire for a well rounded family dog. German Shepards are intelligent, playful, protective, and they thrive on making their owners happy. What more could you want from a dog than the trait of wanting to please you?

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What I've Experienced with Our German Shepard

We bought our German Shepard when he was just a puppy. He was one of the last two left in the litter and he was very timid. We were also told he was the largest in the litter. We picked him and brought the poor scared puppy home. It did not take us long at all to house break him. As a matter of fact, it took no time at all. One great thing about having a very smart dog, is they learn quick. We paid attention to when we took him out and he never had an accident inside. It was almost as if he was house broken right from the start. Pretty good for a puppy that had never lived inside before.

As he grew we took him to training classes and he learned very quickly all the commands we went over in class. I'm not saying he is the MOST obedient dog in the world, but most of his flaws are mostly likely due to us not following through all the time. One thing we noticed from the time he was very young, was he liked to lean on us. I learned in obedience training that this is a trait of the breed. They just like being that close to their masters I suppose. They have a very strong need to be with the group.They will do almost anything to a part of the family. This is probably why they are very obedient.

When he was a few years old, we found out there was going to be an addition to the family. We were a bit concerned over how a big dog that was already such a big baby would react to having a new baby in the family. As it turns out, to no surprise really, it was no problem at all. As a matter of fact, he began sleeping in front of our new child's door a couple of months before he was born. He still sleeps there pretty regularly and our son is now three years old. We have part of our backyard fenced in with a pretty short wire fence to keep our son from wandering off. The dog is very capable of jumping the fence, but he knows not to. He has jumped the fence twice, but when I thought about why he did it, it makes sense. Both times he jumped out of the yard, the dog knew our son was out front (with us) and there were other dogs passing by. I honostly think he was worried about those other dogs being out there with our son. (A side note, our GSD has snapped at our other dog when she barks or growls at other children in our neighborhood we encounter on walks.)


I have touched a little on him being protective, but there is more. We have had several experiences where he would not let someone into our home or much further than the front door. One of these people was a kid I worked with in the past. To be honost, I didn't trust him either. The other was my mom's husband. He seems like an okay guy, but I have recently learned that I really don't like him. Maybe the dog knew that WELL before I did.

He doesn't bark much. Mostly when he's outside and sees other dogs walking by. Normal dog behavior in my opinoin. However, in the house it is so rare that he barks, I start looking around to get to the bottom of it. We haven't experienced any sort of crime so he probably just heard something suspicious, but if he were to bark in the middle of the night or something, I would definitly know the situation calls for investigation.

I often brag that we have the most advanced security system in the world. A German Shepard Dog.

My favorite breed

I know this has just been me sharing some of my personal experiences with our family dog. However, I see such intelligence and so much love out of that dog, that I consider him to be just as much a part of the family as any other blood relative. More than some actually. HA!

SO, if you are looking for a great family dog, then I highly suggest looking into adopting or purchasing a German Shepard. As long as you stimulate and love them, they will reward you for it over and over for years!


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      Kenneth Wayne 6 years ago from Alabama

      I would not definitively say that all are good with children. I think with this topic it depends on the dog. Ours is wonderful with our son who is 3. And the dog was here first so had to get used to him. In our case, he put up with tail pulling, hitting, pushing, you name it and is harmless. I'd say if you got a puppy and raised it with kids, you'd have a wonderful babysitter.

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      kids-toy-box 6 years ago

      I have also 'heard' that German Shepherds are not a good dog choice when you have small kids around? They 'become jealous'? is this fact or fallacy? or perhaps may depend on the dog or the family situation?

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      Kenneth Wayne 6 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks kids! Yeah, they have got to have a little room to stretch those long legs from time to time. They are surprisingly docile indoors as some people may not know, but they have to have plenty of exercise to make sure it stays that way. Today I tried to convince my grandparents to participate in the seniors for seniors GSD rescue program.

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      kids-toy-box 6 years ago

      Awesome hub about my favorite dog. I love German Shepherds. When I was growing up we had one in the family. Named Kyber he was a former police dog with exceptional skills.I would love to get one now but I'm sure you would agree German Shepherds require space to run around.

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      Kenneth Wayne 6 years ago from Alabama

      Me too. I doubt I ever own another breed.

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      German Shepherd is my favourite breed of dog.