German Shepards and You: How some dogs may not fit the norm of their intended breed.
This is my German Shepard named Midnight.
My grandmother got the dog to help protect her when she was home by herself. However when I was staying over, I would always mess around with the him, despite the fact that he was meant to be a guard dog.
Midnight may be intimidating, but looks can be decieving.
Behind the fence any dog can look scary or otherwise mean, but Midnight is quite the opposite actually.
To best describe him, he's:
- Incredibly Playful
He loves to mess around with people and goes hyper when they want reciprocate those feelings as well. Probably because my grandmother or anyone didn't want to play with him, he likes that I take time to play with him.
- Not... the brightest at times
Yeah...Despite what some characteristics dog sources may say about what defines a German Shepards, smart is not what describes Midnight in particular. This maybe attributed to his playfullness or lack of training, but he tends to not understand what me or my grandmother tells him to do unless its fun or exciting in some way.
- Gentle when he needs to be
There were actually two instances of when Midnight was less playful and more gentle around other people or animals.
- The first time was when I initially met Midnight, I was incredibly uncomfortable around him for a few weeks. Due to his size, I assumed that he would jump on me and bite me for some reason. I never really wanted to be around him until I was out in the yard late at night trying to calm down from a stressfull day. Midnight must have noticed something because for the entire time I was outside he just sat next to me and occasionally would try to nuzzle me. Ever since then I decided that I he's not as bad as I thought he was.
- The next was when we found a young puppy in our yard this past summer. The puppy in the picture above was outside on our doorstep until seven in the morning when my family was getting ready for school or work. My mother and sister both looked after the dog and nursed it back to health and despite what I said, they decided to keep the dog instead of giving it to a dog shelter. At the time I did no care as much since Midnight was essenially the dog I wanted to care for, I did however take an interest in the dog when Midnight started to try and play with the pup.
Because Midnight was a bigger dog, it was difficult for him to not harm the pup simply due to his size. But he eventually started to slow down with the roughhousing and actually started to try and teach the puppy what it could and could not do. I was suprised and finally warmed up to the puppy much like with Midnight.
If you are curious to learn more about dog characteristics and dog types, take a look at the American Kennel Club to find out more info on your own dogs.
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