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Why the German shepherd dog, they are protective,and as for me my best frind

Updated on August 26, 2012

The German shepard

The guard dog

I have owned several dogs in my life time, mostly coon hounds, and rabbit dogs, which I will blog about in another blog. The one breed that I have a special passion for is the German Shepard. The first German Shepard I owned, I was in my very early twenty's, I was at work one night and a co worker and friend of mine, Bob Pate Told me that someone had offered him a German Shepard puppy and he took him on a whim,not thinking he rely didn't have the means to keep him. He knew I lived in the country and had enough land to let him run and play, he also knew I loved animals, so he asked me if I would like to have him, my eyes lit up, sure I said I would give him a good home. After work that night I got my new puppy, I had asked my cousin if she minded if he rode home with us, She was my ride to and from work at the time. She said that's fine she liked puppy's too.

He looked just like the one in the middle


The German Shepard breed

Before we got half the way home, Duke, that's what I named him, up chucked all over my lap, well needless to say the smell triggered an instant gag reflex from me, before my cousin could even get pulled over to the side of the road. She wasn't a happy camper.As time went by Duke and I became very close, he was what they call a one man dog. He didn't like to be around a lot of people, he was very protective over me. That is the German Shepard nature,all though they were originaly breed for working dogs used for herding sheep, and later do to there intelligence and temperament, they were used during the war for red cross dogs, messenger dogs,supply carriers, and tracking and guard dogs.The first German Shepard dog was exhibited in america in 1907,The first championship award was given in 1913, The German Shepard dog club of america was formed with only 26

My German Shepard Dokota

Temperament of the breed

The German Shepard's are very self assured,they have an eagerness to please there masters. and They also have a great willingness to learn. They are a very loyal breed and bond with family members that they are always around. But they do tend to be over protective of there family and there surroundings. If you take them out and about a lot when there a puppy, and get them used to people being around you and other family members, they will be socialized, and wont have the aggressiveness towards strangers.All though you can send them to obedience class, and train them to attack on command. I trained Duke to attack, simply by walking up and down the railroad tracks near my home and thoroughing rocks up ahead of him in the bushes when he wasn't looking, and then his ears would perk up and he would be in the attack mode, and I would pat him on the side and say seek" seek"seek em" boy, and he would get so exited and jump in the honey suckle looking every wear for something to attack.Iwant to offer a training tip I learned a long time ago . It is easy to create a bad habit and ten times harder to break one. Thank you for reading my hub and God bless you.

Love the breed


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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you Suhail.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I love GSDs. I had a female GSD in late 80s /early 90s that I wish came back from her happy hunting grounds in heavens and joined me today. The three GSDs I know in my neighbourhood are pretty aggressive though. I wouldn't want my Kuvasz boy to be anywhere near them.

      Susan Orlean in her book 'Rin Tin Tin' has detailed about the origin of the breed. It is a book worth reading.

      Thank you for sharing about your dogs and explaining the breed through them.

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thanks rolly for stopping by, your always welcome.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Kevin... I agree they are very faithful and this is a great read as I had one up till a few years ago who lived a full life. Sad to watch him slip away.

      We could all learn a great deal from dogs as they are so faithful and can love dearly.

      Hugs from Canada

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      thanks Brett.Teso,glad you stop by,thanks for the share and the up vote.God bless

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      It is strange how each breed has such strong characteristics, but luckily most dogs can be trained and are very loyal friends.

      Socially shared, up and interesting.

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you Kay,chanroth,kol6619653,and ArtzGirl for your nice comments. Happy hubing and God bless you.

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you ahorseback, for stopping by,and giving me a great comment.your always welcome.

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      Hi Kevin , where would we be without te dogs ?!? Great story here !.....:-}

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you Jami,I bet your hybrid wolf/dog was a great companion and protector.That is the sad thing with our dogs, they don't live nearly long enough.Have a wonderful evening Jami.

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      KDee411 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Good hub, nice dog.

      Your dogs always welcome and u2


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      jami l. pereira 5 years ago

      I grew up with a 1/2 timber wolf 1/2 german shephard named "Tiny" He weighed over a 100 pounds full grown .My paents got him when i was three and he died when i was 15or 16 it was a sad day . I loved the hub , great job! I voted up and all the way across the table ! have a great evening :)

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you eddy, I'm glad you liked it.I hope to write about some of my coon dogs I have had and our adventures together.God bless

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I love these hubs of yours on Dogs Kevin and I am looking forward to reading so many more.

      Take care;


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      chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

      awww...the pup are so cute!!! I have a rabbit...I once did own a terrier but I don't know how to care for it so I turn it into the shelter, she got adopted to a wealthy family. I get to go see her once in a while.

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      kol6619653 5 years ago from hornell

      i got a snake and 3 brids and 3 dogs and a cat

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      ArtzGirl 5 years ago from San Diego

      I have a 1/2 German Shepherd- 1/2 Greyhound Mix. What a great dog this is! He is very bright, a protector at times, and a love-y other times! I can certainly see why you like this breed. They are AWESOME!!!