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May 01

German Shepherd Temperament, Nature vs Nurture

German Shepherds are often said to be intelligent, loyal and hard working. And that’s all true. But they’re often believed to be that way on the basis of temperament, which some claim is all inbred. That’s where the controversy begins. It’s undoubtedly true that certain features of a dog’s personality, as with humans, derives from …

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Apr 09

Gear For Your German Shepherd

German Shepherds are strong, agile and intelligent. Those attributes create special needs when you’ve made the decision to train your dog. A collar is fine for ordinary walking. But during training, a chest harness will work out better for both dog and trainer. They’re made of leather or very strong nylon with either metal or …

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Apr 04

German Shepherds – Pure Bred vs Mixed

Within dog lover circles there is an ongoing controversy about whether it’s better to acquire a pure bred German Shepherd or one of mixed ancestry. The issue may never be settled to everyone’s satisfaction. But where you stand may depend heavily on the reason you acquired your dog. For show dogs, police dogs and other …

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Nov 23

German Shepherds – Bloat, And What To Do About It

One of the most potentially serious conditions a German Shepherd can suffer from is something called Bloat. In scientific terms, it’s more commonly referred to as GDV, or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus. The stomach becomes bloated with air or fluid, often accompanied by a twist (volvulus), as it rotates around the esophagus and the duodenum. The …

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