5 Lies Told About German Shepherds

by David
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Hi, German Shepherd maniacs, welcome to K9 SuperHeroes, my name is David, and today we are going to be looking at 5 Lies Told About German Shepherds.

German Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States.

They are intelligent, beautiful, and loyal dogs. Due to their intelligence, they can be trained to do many different things.

Despite their popularity, there are some myths, lies, and misconceptions about the breed that can often put people off becoming an owner.

As with a lot of myths, there are supporting arguments in areas. But often it is based on fear, misunderstanding, and hearsay.

Let’s discuss address some of these lies, find out where the truth is, and hopefully change some misconceptions that you may have because GSD’s are such an amazing and unique breed.

#1 German Shepherds Are a Dangerous Breed

This is the most common misconception you will hear about GSD’s and has a lot to do with popular culture and poorly trained dogs.

Due to being employed as police and sometimes military attack dogs used for aggressive purposes, this leads to a common belief that they can be aggressive generally. I’m sure we have all seen the videos of police dogs attacking people in big padded suits in movies & tv. While other dogs can be seen being used, the German Shepherd is often the breed of choice.

The truth is, that while they can be trained to be strong and protective dogs, they are not inherently aggressive.

While a single GSD can be aggressive, they are by no means any more aggressive than any other breed. Often, they can actually be more relaxed and calmer than other breeds.

All dog breeds that become aggressive are not due to the breed being born that way specifically. It has to do with the training, obedience & socialization they are given from a young age.

Of course, a dog that feels threatened can become aggressive at any time. But that doesn’t mean a GSD will just attack someone for no reason.

Ensure that you invest in the right training, and understand their requirements.

Proper socialization is key, understand that your GSD needs to be around other dogs & humans, regardless of their age. This will make them more comfortable and less threatened in normal situations.

#2 German Shepherds Don’t Get On Well With Other Dogs

Some people may think because GSD’s have an intense loyalty to their owners, that they don’t get on well with other dogs.

Other dog owners with smaller breeds, may also feel intimidated by their large size. Or if you have other pets or breeds of dog yourself, they may not match well together.

German Shepherds can become irritated by other dogs, but this is not inherent within the breed. The key once again is socialization from a young age, get them comfortable around other dogs.

Make sure you have them on a lead if you are going for walks until you feel they are perfectly safe.

Begin training them as soon as possible, because they may need a little more than other breeds. Female GSD’s can be especially irritated by other dogs so keep an eye out on that.

But if you train your dog & socialize them correctly, they will get on with all other breeds, other pets, and humans with no problems.

#3 German Shepherds Are Dangerous Around Children

Like #1, this is a huge misconception built around popular culture where they are portrayed as aggressive.

Due to their size, some people may think they could be dangerous around toddlers, that they could knock them over easily.

The truth is that the breed is constantly voted at #1 by the American Kennel Club for families. Where they are renowned for their kind and gentle nature.

However, you do need to be responsible when young children are around GSD’s.

You have to ensure you are training them to a high degree and socialize them properly to guarantee safety.

You must also teach your children to treat your GSD kindly and avoid negative behavior like pulling their tail for example otherwise they will get a negative reaction.

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One great tip is if you have older children, get them to assist in your GSD’s training. Because they are such an intelligent dog, they will thoroughly enjoy the interaction and focus on them and will make them feel a stronger part of the family unit.

Make sure you take their training seriously. If you are looking to get them trained at any age and need help, take a look at Adrienne Faracelli’s ‘Brain Training For Dogs’, she is a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer who has created awesome dog training for 10 years, check out her site here at BrainTraining4Dogs.com.

German Shepherds love to be silly, and with high energy levels, they will provide older children with plenty of challenge and fun.

Do make sure that you continue to watch your smaller children around GSD’s, on occasion they can be knocked over purely because of their size.

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#4 German Shepherds Will Attack Their Owners

Again, this is another popular culture issue. Mainly created around the police & military GSD that we see.

The facts are that GSD’s are not any more prone to attacking owners than any other breed. Of course, there are many recorded cases of GSD’s causing harm to owners, however, the vast majority of those cases have a documented history of abuse towards the dog from the owner.

These GSD’s would not have attacked out of aggression but out of fear and trying to protect themselves.

The key thing to remember is that they will do anything to protect themselves when they feel threatened, but this is the same with any breed.


#5 GSD’s Bite More Than Other Dogs

This is a totally unfair lie that is out there.

While GSD’s have been documented to bite, they are not the breed most likely to bite you. According to the American Kennel Club, only 2% of all recorded bites were committed by GSD’s. In fact, Labradors & Retrievers are much more likely to bite. And these biting events, are usually a result of the dog protecting themselves.

To ensure this doesn’t happen, you must train your dog correctly. And you must socialize them regardless of age. The calmer you can make your GSD, the lower the risk.


German Shepherds Conclusion 

As you can see, GSD’s have had an unfair ride when it comes to reputation.

The lies are built mainly on popular culture. Accidents do happen of course, but the key is training and proper socialization.

The responsibility falls on you, the owner to make sure you give them the tools to grow and behave positively.

Also, check out our blog on 8 Proven German Shepherd Health Tips for more awesome GSD information.

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