A question we often get: Are German Shepherds Good Family Dogs?
That is the wrong question.
The right question to ask is: Are Trained German Shepherds Good Family Dogs?
The answer is that we believe they are the best family dogs you can find. Loyal, protective, reassuring, affectionate, loving – sounds almost like everything women want their husbands to be!
This is crucial: We do not believe that any untrained dog makes a good family dog.
Our German Shepherd Dogs are temperament tested and we breed for calm temperaments with good drive. However, whether you are talking about a German Shepherd Puppy or a Golden Retriever, you are still talking about an animal. Family pets that are untrained are, in our minds, dangerous.
This is why if you are interested in our Long Haired German Shepherd Puppies for Sale, you should plan on us asking you about your history of training dogs and your plan for training your new puppy. Training is crucial to you having a successful relationship with your puppy and making sure that you know the right answer to the question here: Are German Shepherds Good Family Dogs?
Because German Shepherd Dogs are commonly used as Police Dogs and with the military, many people have a picture of them as attack dogs. This is simply not true. A properly bred, temperament tested German Shepherd Dog should never come out of the womb vicious. How we raise our dogs is incredibly important to the end result in terms of their behavior. If you beat your dog, it will be terrified of people and probably become a fear biter. If you raise your dog properly, punish it properly and give it tons of love, you will agree with our answer to the question: Are German Shepherds Good Family Dogs? Absolutely, we say!
You will always meet someone who says that their brother’s cousin’s boyfriend’s sister got bit by a German Shepherd. And they are probably right. However, either they pushed the dog to the point of biting them (all dogs have a breaking point, in our minds) or that dog was raised thinking it was ok to act aggressively. At our kennel, where we breed German Shepherd Puppies in Alaska, we don’t tolerate aggression, ESPECIALLY directed at people. We have a zero tolerance policy for any sort of aggression from our German Shepherd Dogs and we think that you should have the same policy in place.
A puppy might show aggression at some point or growl at you when you go to take his toy away. It’s likely going to happen. How you respond is important. You are the leader of this pack and that growl did not make you feel threatened at all – so you must respond cool and calm and simply remove the toy. Sometimes, with a young puppy, they forget who you are and their position and you simply need to remind them.
So, we think it is a relatively simple answer: YES
German Shepherd Dogs are great family dogs. There are relatively few breeds of dogs that, when trained, will not make good family dogs. If you get a puppy from a breeder who breeds for calm temperament and wants to create a loving, calm puppy – you will find yourself with a highly intelligent new lifelong friend.
At Far North Kennel, we breed German Shepherd Puppies in Alaska. We take pride in our work and our dogs are members of our family. We take breeding calm temperaments very seriously and will work with you throughout the life of your dog to answer any questions you might have. We have beautiful Long Haired German Shepherd Puppies for Sale and would love to talk with you more if you are looking for a new puppy or just have some questions you want answered!