|A sound temperament is of the utmost importance in a good companion.
Temperament is inherited, therefore it is a
direct result of the dog's breeding (genetics).
The character of the German shepherd dog is one of
self-assurance, confidence and nobility. While a mature German
shepherd dog will not wear his heart on his sleeve, he should be
friendly and approachable. Strangers may be regarded with some
degree of suspicion, but the dog should not be overly sharp or
aggressive. Also, he should not shy away with fear.
A sound German shepherd dog will be an excellent companion for
you and your family. An unsound one is a disaster waiting to happen.
Because of a desire to have a family protector, most people
wanting to purchase a German shepherd puppy think they need a very
dominant, aggressive dog. This is a risky and is the wrong choice
for a family. A sound German shepherd dog are naturally protective
of their homes and families without the excessive aggression.
A German shepherd puppy will start to show some awareness of
their environment about five or six months of age, they will display
a need to warn of approaching strangers. An alert dog and a few
warning barks is all the protection most families require.
For some people who do need for more serious protection, a sound
and balanced dog is still the best choice. A German shepherd dog can
be trained in personal protection by a qualified instructor.
Remember, an overly aggressive or unsound dog should not be
trained in protection, because it will be a danger and cannot be
trusted. Anyone planning to acquire a personal protection dog
should choose the dog and the trainer carefully, for a poor dog or a
poor trainers can create a disaster.