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Can German Shepherd Dogs Make Good Family Pets?

There are a lot of misconceptions about German Shepherd dogs.  Many people are afraid of this breed, probably because they are large and strong and are associated in people’s minds with guard dogs.  Whilst it is true that many German Shepherd dogs are used as working dogs, for the police and private security firms, the traits of the German Shepherd that make them such good working dogs (intelligence, loyalty, protectiveness) make them ideal family pets.

But forget looking for German Shepherd puppies for sale if you want one as a pet: just contact your local rescue centre run by the RSPCA: there are always German Shepherd puppies and dogs needing to be rehomed, and you can get all the benefits of owning a German Shepherd at a fraction of the cost of buying from a breeder.

German Shepherd Dogs

You can also be sure that the RSPCA staff are only interested in rehoming dogs that will be kept as pets for the rest of the dogs’ lives.  That means that they take great care to assess and monitor the temperaments and personalities of the dogs in their care so that they know which dogs will fit well with which types of home.  Some may be brilliant with young children: others may be better in a home with adults or older children.

A good breeder will have bred for temperament and really care about where their puppies will end up.  They will be happy for you to meet the mother of the puppies and to see the puppies wherever they are normally kept.  But there are plenty of unscrupulous breeders out there who are only interested in breeding for profit and have a vested interest in getting you to buy one of their dogs. 

But whether you find a good breeder or a bad one: a puppy bought from a breeder means one less puppy adopted from a rescue centre.  There are far too many dogs without homes already without adding to their numbers.

German Shepherd dogs can be aggressive if they are poorly socialised as puppies or bred without regard for temperament.  These tendencies will be very obvious to staff at the RSPCA and they would not recommend a dog displaying these characteristics as a pet. 

However, most German Shepherd dogs in shelters are there because their owners can no longer afford to keep them, or because they have suffered abuse or neglect.  Some may be retired dogs that can no longer work.  They are very intelligent and are easy to train and they are usually compatible with smaller pets (though some may not be suitable to be housed with a family that already has small animals such as rabbits as some have a strong prey instinct). 

German Shepherds can make great pets and will bond with you and your family. They can be great with young children and are not as boisterous as some other large breeds of dog. 

They need a lot of exercise and company, so if you are thinking of buying or adopting a German Shepherd make sure you have the time, energy and money to be able to care for it for the rest of its life.

3 Responses to “Can German Shepherd Dogs Make Good Family Pets?”

  1. Amy says:

    There are a lot of misconceptions about German Shepherd dogs. Many people are afraid of this breed, probably because they are large and strong and are associated in people’s minds with guard dogs. Thanks for sharing this and keep posting.

  2. Nice article. About breeders, I would recommend people visit the breeders if you can. Plus, good breeders generally like to meet potential owner in person.

  3. Gianne says:

    I agree that German Shepherds can make great pets and will bond with you and your family. They can be great with young children and are not as boisterous as some other large breeds of dog. This adds information about German Shepherds. Thanks for sharing this post to us and keep posting.

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