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The temperament of the German Shepherd

german shepherd temperament

The German Shepherd is an extremely faithful and intelligent dog , however its temperament has other remarkable characteristics

The German shepherd was created as a working dog and is frequently associated with tasks such as a police dog, security tasks and as a guard dog, although originally and as its name suggests it was dedicated to the tasks of herding and guarding cattle herds.

However, the German shepherd, unlike other breeds dedicated to herding such as mastiffs or other breeds, adapts very well to family life and can live in a domestic house without major complications, provided that it is provided with adequate exercise and the dog is properly socialized.

The German Shepherd can be an excellent pet for several reasons, among which we highlight its loyalty, its ability to learn and its desire to be with its owners.

If you are wondering about what a German Shepherd can bring you as a pet, in this article we are going to look to describe in more depth some of their basic personality traits and their temperament in general.

The guardian instinct of the German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a breed of dog widely used as a guard dog in all kinds of situations, such as in police tasks, in security companies, within homes and on rural farms.

German Shepherds are territorial dogs and they quickly become familiar with the boundaries of the area they consider their own, often independently patrolling this area on the lookout for intruders, other dogs, or whatever situation they may consider a potential problem. If they see something that alerts them, they will bark and make a fuss, both to inform their owners of the situation they consider abnormal and as a deterrent to potential intruders.

Therefore, if a German Shepherd is to live in a domestic home, it is vital that the dog is well socialized with people and other animals since he is a puppy, and that he is well trained on the limits of what is acceptable behavior when they enter contact with someone or something new.

The German Shepherd, a dog with superior intelligence

Intelligence is one of the hallmarks of the German Shepherd temperament . This breed is ranked within the top five in terms of canine intelligence, let’s not forget that intelligence is essential to making an effective working dog. Only the most intelligent breeds of dogs are suitable as working dogs and the German Shepherd breed was initially born as a dedicated breed for work.
That the German shepherd has a high degree of intelligenceIt implies that it can be trained to retain and repeat a wide range of commands, however this great intelligence does not make the German Shepherd easy to train. Smart dogs can be complex and challenging, and can be one step ahead of their trainer in terms of picking up bad habits or learning things by mistake.

They are also likely to get bored easily from repetitive training, and will not thrive unless they are kept active and presented with new and challenging challenges.

German Shepherds and boredom

As we mentioned earlier, a highly intelligent dog like the German Shepherd needs an active lifestyle to keep both his mind and body active.

While the dog will also be happy relaxing around the house and with his family, this breed of dog is in need of daily exercise and active activities to keep him entertained. In his day to day he can never miss the daily walk or the jogging session with his master.

German Shepherds are incredibly versatile dogs and can be your best companion in your daily exercise session (running, walking, etc.) this way the dog will stay active and entertained.

Herding traits

German Shepherds have been widely used throughout their history as sheepdogs being used in herd herding tasks, an instinct they still retain as a built-in character trait. This means that your dog may need careful supervision if he is in contact with any type of livestock, and it is not uncommon to see the German Shepherd trying to “herd” other pets or animals.

The prey drive

German Shepherds were originally bred to protect and help manage cattle herds. Therefore, like all dogs dedicated to herding and hunting work, it has a strong prey instinct.

This characteristic of the German sheepdog must be taken into account within the domestic environment and must be handled properly since the dog is a puppy so that it does not pose any type of danger to other domestic animals that live in the same family environment as him.

Loyalty and bonding to their masters

German Shepherd Dogs are among the leanest of dog breeds , and they are closely related to all members of their family.

The dog will consider the smallest of the family and other pets as part of his pack, and will defend and protect them from any danger.

German Shepherds are usually very cautious and attentive in the presence of strangers, and it can take a while for them to become familiar with people they do not know. However, once you have earned their trust, the German Shepherd will always be loyal to you and behave like your best friend.

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