Looking for a breed that is clever, courageous, faithful and fearless? The german shepherd may be your pup of choice. They are very muscular and strong, obedient, and ready to learn. They have been known to give their lives for their humans and are a very loyal breed. They love their families, but can be wary of strangers. They should not be left alone for long periods of time and need to be around their people. They are usually not big barkers, unless they find it necessary, but they can be whiners! They do require a strong handler and training from an early age or they may get skittish and definitely need socialization. They love to have “jobs” and do great as working dogs in the police force, guide dogs, tracking, or security positions. They are not couch potatoes and if they are left to sit around in the house or locked in a back yard, may become very destructive and out of control. German shepherds are heavy shedders and shed year round. Some of the common ailments and diseases that can affect the breed are hip and elbow dysplasia, blood disorders, digestive problems, bloat, epilepsy, and flea allergies. Our own Gwinnett Pet Watchers, Robin, just rescued a german shepherd puppy and she is a love! If you want an active and protective pup, then they would be a wonderful choice.