Is A German Shepherd Right For You?
Garden State German Shepherd Rescue is glad that you chose to begin the journey of owning a German Shepherd by choosing to rescue a dog in need. There are many reasons why the German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds in the United States. German Shepherds are direct and fearless, eager and alert. Bold, cheerful, obedient and eager to learn, they are also known for their tremendous loyalty and courage. Calmly confident, but not hostile, a German Shepherd is considered one of the most intelligent breed of dogs. They have a high learning ability. German Shepherds love to be close to their families and have an adventurous and playful side to their personalities. Though the German Shepherd has numerous positive personality traits, a young and active German Shepherd will require a level of commitment that not everyone is capable of making.
While German Shepherds may appear aloof to strangers, they are very social animals and need constant contact with their family and friends. The German Shepherd breed was was created in the late 1890’s specifically as a working dog. Those traits are still part of the German Shepherd’s DNA. It is because many owners do not prepare themselves or understand the needs of a German Shepherd that rescues like GSGSR exist today. Adopting or purchasing a German Shepherd is a lifelong commitment that will require you to understand and accept the needs of your dog. If you are looking for a young playful dog, who will require minimal training, can be left alone for 8 to 10 hours a day unattended, does not shed and is generally quiet, then a German Shepherd is absolutely not the dog for you. If you live in an apartment, and are not committed to only finding a pet friendly apartment the next time you move, than any dog is not right for you. If you had a dog growing up and think that you can train a German Shepherd on your own by reading a book than a German Shepherd is not the right choice for you.
On the other hand, if you desire to learn and grow with your dog, to understand his or her needs, to accept that the rewards will far outweigh the dedication and work that you will need to put into the adoption, than it just may be time to begin your journey. For a more in-depth description of the breed characteristics visit German Shepherds.
Garden State German Shepherd Rescue will be working with you throughout the adoption process to help you find a perfect match and companion. If you are not familiar with how rescue organizations work, or some of the mis-perceptions about rescue dogs, take some time to read through our web page about the joys of a rescue dog.
The breed itself has a wide range of colors and coats. Here are some examples of the different color and other characteristics