So, you think you may like to own a

German Shepherd Dog ?

 

Firstly, let’s consider the following:

A German Shepherd Dog does require attention.  The breed is a working dog and therefore is an active breed and needs physical and mental stimulation.  You must be prepared for a daily walk, time to play with your dog and attend obedience training. You must be prepared to receive this dog as part of your family.

If you are wanting a German Shepherd Dog as a guard dog for your home/business only, then this breed is not for you. The German Shepherd Dog doesn’t cope well with being locked away, behind four walls, 24 hours a day. The German Shepherd is a working dog and as such has an active mind which must be stimulated.

If you don’t give your dog the exercise and attention it needs, behavioural problems can occur. Noisy, unnecessary barking may develop, as well as behaviours that are not usual for the breed. Behavioural problems will eventually lead to complaints by your neighbours, bringing you to the attention of local council Animal Control Officers, possibly leading to heavy fines and the eventual seizure of your dog. If you want a German Shepherd Dog for a guard dog only, buy a good, electronic burglar system.

The German Shepherd Dog lives on average for 10-12 years. Are you prepared to take full responsibility for this dog and all its needs for the next 10-12 years or more? This is NOT a task that can be done by children!  This is a partnership for life.  Are you prepared for that?

Your pet whether you chose a male or female should be desexed.  Desexing usually occurs between 6 and 12 months of age, you immediately eliminate the risk of unwanted pregnancies in your female pet, and in a male pet you have one who is much cleaner and less prone to the distasteful habits acquired by male dogs

And what about you?

Are you active? assertive? respectful? and responsible?

Well your German Shepherd Dog needs an owner who is all of these.

The German Shepherd Dog is not a lap dog.  Both you and your dog must respect each other. This is where you must be assertive and responsible.  From this will develop undying loyalty from your dog and yourself.  Not only will you both greet each other with gusto on your return home, but you will both have a communication which allows your dog to either act with independence around you or happy to be included in whatever you do.  You do not want a dog that dictates the ‘rules of the house’.  

The developing German Shepherd Dog puppy, requires firm and sensible discipline when young, with emphasis on socialising your puppy, having them become use to unusual and noisy situations, developing them into a fun loving dog and confident with life and a totally tractable and admired dog within our community.

Are you prepared to invest the considerable time, money and patience it takes to train the dog to be a good companion? This does not happen by itself!!!

 

The ideal owner of a German Shepherd Dog will join a German Shepherd Dog Club and/or a local obedience club where weekly lessons together with daily exercise will greatly enhance your ability to understand your German Shepherd Dog and train your dog to a level of acceptable behaviour.

 

So you have answered yes to all the above?

We suggest that you seek advice and view more than one litter before you purchase your new puppy.

When you attend to view puppies, ensure you take notice of the following:

  • The kennels environment is clean and free of vermin

  • Puppies are all healthy and happy

  • Puppies have clear eyes

The breeder can give you logical answers to all your questions

The breeder can produce paperwork for you to inspect – this paperwork will be everything that the German Shepherd Dog Club Qld requires in their puppy listing criteria, for example:

a)                   A stamp – means that mother & father’s hips have been x-rayed and the x-rays have been read by a qualified person who verifies that the dog is worthy of breeding from.

b)                   Z stamp – means that the mother & father’s elbows have been x-rayed and the x-rays have been read by a qualified person who verifies that the dog is worthy of breeding from.

c)                   Breed Survey Class  I or Class II – this means that the mother & father have been put through a series of testing to ensure that their temperament and conformation are acceptable for a German Shepherd Dog.  Breed Surveys are carried out by people who are qualified judges and who have then passed a stringent course in relation to the German Shepherd Dog.  Breed Surveyors have had many years experience in the breed and evaluate each dog on its virtues and faults.

d)                   That you can view the mother (or dam as they are commonly known as) of the puppies.  Some dams are very protective of their puppies and may not be too keen to have strangers near their pups.  A good breeder can make alternative arrangements for you to meet the dam away from the puppies.

Your baby puppy will NOT have an A stamp or Z stamp or be breed surveyed

A & Z stamping happens when a dog is 12 months of age. 

Breed surveying happens when a dog is 18 months of age.

The father of the puppies may not always be available to see, as he may live interstate or at another kennel.  A good breeder will be able to show you copies of his paperwork and a picture that they will have on their file.

If the sire or dam are Australian Champions that only means they have had a good career in the show ring.  Their appropriate paperwork referred to above, should still be able to be produced by the breeder for you to inspect.

Resist impulse buying, and instead have the patience to make a responsible choice, contact your states GSD club and enquire as to when their next show, obedience trials are, find out about all breed dog shows in your area, attend and source out the German Shepherd Dog exhibitors, they are all more than willing to discuss the breed with you too.

Now that you are aware of what is required of you as an owner of a German Shepherd Dog, click on the link to see our recommended list of breeders.

 

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