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    08-27-2010, 11:41 AM
Green Broke
Australian/German Shepherd lovers out there??

When I turn 18 I am getting a dog, I have been debating on what breed I want. It is between a German Shepherd and an Australian Shepherd. I want a dog to excersize with me, but guard the house or me when I am gone or by myself. I don't want a huge dog, but it needs to be big enough. I also want to be a dog trainer so I want a SMART dog. These breeds are both smart so I don't think I will have a problem with that. I will be possibly doing some agility with them also.
So if anyone has any information for me that would be lovely. I really want to make sure I get the perfect dog with the "perfect" breeding so I don't get a dog that is sick by the time they are 6 from some disease or like hip dysplacia or something.

Thank you!
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    08-27-2010, 11:59 AM
Green Broke
I am a German shepherd girl. In fact we have a 10 month old shepherd.
Aussies and Germans are nothing alike. I find a German more easily trained, and faster maturing. We have had 4 of them. I worked for 10 years as a vet tech and saw lots of Aussies, they are just too hyper for me. It's their herding instinct. As long as you can channel that you are fine, but they need hours and hours a day of exercise and training.
My German is about 75 lbs, thin and tall like a yearling thoroughbred at this point....and we do have some panosteitis issues..but that happens.
So....out of the two, I prefer the German for my family due to loyalty, trainability and personality. They make great agility dogs if you don't get a broad built one.
Good luck!!
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    08-27-2010, 12:14 PM
Green Broke
KK thank you! I have actually had 2 germans in my life, and I love them. I am just in love with both of the breeds and can't decide lol! I know that Germans do get hip problems if they aren't bred right, so I would need to watch out for that.
    08-27-2010, 12:22 PM
Green Broke
You need to make sure hips and elbows are OFA certified. I also like CERFed eyes and you need to make sure demodectic mange has not been an issue in their lines. A more square hip is less breed correct to some, but also less prone to weakness. I would not buy a puppy whose parents faired any less than a "good" on Ofa certificates. Excellant being the best, then good then fair then poor.
And...unlike my oversite, check for both testicles if you get a male....I forgot to check that one thing now we have a cryptorchid dog to deal with.
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    08-27-2010, 01:41 PM
Actually even if both testicles are descended they can retract and cause the same problem as you ran into cakemom, just so you know. It happened with our Doberman! I absolutely love GSD's!! Definitely one of my top 3 favorite dogs. I've owned one in the past but sadly had to get rid of her because she thought she needed to herd horses Well, now I have another one, but it's a cross. She's half GSD and half Husky. She's 14 months old right now and a complete sweetheart. Here are pictures of my two...

My white GSD:

And my husky/GSD:

    08-27-2010, 02:00 PM
I had a long haired GS growing up and she was amazing! We also had an Aussie that is still at home but just like the others have said, he needs a lot of daily activity to keep him manageable. He is going on 11 and still goes riding every day with my mom to keep him sane.

We got a Shepard cross from the local SPCA this past March and she has turned out to be the PERFECT dog. She is very playful but so smart. She came from the streets and when we got her she didn’t know “sit” but now she knows all sorts of commands/tricks and I am no dog trainer…im considering doing agility because watching her play with the ball and how into it she gets, I just have a feeling she would love it and be really good at it! So that’s some thing I need to look into. She has dog aggression which we are working on but if I don’t watch her she wont think twice about going after another dog. Ill attach a pic, look at her face with all the scars from previous dog fights. The neighbor hood kids all love her, I actually caught a few of them in the back yard with her one day when I was in the house getting ready. We have a fenced yard, so they must have opened the gate and just invited themselves into our back yard…good thing she is good with kids. One night some one knocked on my door when it was just me home. My bf works out of down 24 days out of the month so its just me usually…well she snapped! I've only ever heard her bark that one time when some one was on our property who shouldn’t have been there…ok im done! I just love her soooo much! Its amazing the love she has brought me!
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    08-27-2010, 02:01 PM
Wow...sorry the pics are sooo big.
    08-27-2010, 02:03 PM
Aussie girl for life! My aussie is the best thing that ever happened to me. He's amazing and learns everything so quickly. I have never met a dog like him, all my friends love him and want their own. You just have to make sure you train them well when they're young.
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    08-27-2010, 02:09 PM
Hi, I personaly thing german shepards are the best breed going there smart, easy trained, great home protectors, calm and gentle natured, loyal and trustworthy dogs they become great friends with you so I would say german shepard only falt I would say in the breed would be there hind legs go bad when they reach about 8-10 years old esspecly if there going to be outside dogs but a good thing to do iis mabe get a german shepard cross so you have a better chance of getting good legs. They do need traing when there young by there master once they pick you as there master its very hard for them to be rehomed as they pick the one person lol hope I helped :)
    08-27-2010, 02:55 PM
I have to agree with the GSD people! I've had one for the last few years and she's absolutely amazing. She's mixed with lab and is the ultimate athletic/playing machine with the best happy go lucky attitude I've seen in a dog. She would go run with me if I liked to run haha but instead we spend about an hour day letting her run through the hose and play long games of fetch. I also totally take advantage of her scary dog bark when home alone or anytime we're out. Many people get the wrong impression these dogs are vicious but most are sweethearts, especially towards their owners and friends. Mine barks mostly out of fear when someone comes to the door, but they don't know that! She's even amazing around small kids.
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