the Protection dog
the German Shepherd as a family protection dog
I'm the owner of 2 German Shepherds, they are a great all around dog. The breed is usually active, very smart and does much better with structure and training. The same drives that make them a good working dog can also make them more challenging to live with. I cannot express enough the importance of training the German Shepherd and other working breeds. As these dogs mature, assertiveness, dominance and any obnoxious behaviors should be controlled, especially If the dog is to be a family protection dog. Temperament and strong nerves are vital. Even though a protector, the dog must be stable, tolerant and forgiving around its family. Colonel, the German Shepherd pictured above was a great example of such a dog and part of a tremendous family. Sadly he lost his battle with cancer recently, his replacement Deuce has some pretty big shoes to fill.