Pros & Cons of the German Shepherd Breed

Learn the pros and cons of owning a German shepherd from dog expert Julia Szabo in this Howcast video.

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I'm Julia Szabo, also known as a Pet Reporter, and I am the ""Living with Dogs"" columnist for dogster.com. I've actually written 6 books and I'm hard at work on my next one. It will be about about dogs -- that's as much as I can say right now. I love dogs and I think nobody's life is complete without one. So I'm here to tell you about a variety of different dogs breeds that might suit your lifestyle. I hope you'll adopt one soon. Probably, the greatest ""Dog Star"" in Hollywood firmament was a German Shepherd named ""Rin Tin Tin"". This dog was really extraordinary. He was gorgeous, he had talent, he could do lots of tricks, and he had a really interesting, real life story; that was probably, even more compelling than the characters that he played. He was discovered and rescued by an American serviceman during WWI in bombed out French kennel. Because, of ""Rin Tin Tin"" the German Shepherd became very, very, popular with all kinds of filmmakers, both big screens, and TV. There was a Great show in the 70's called, ""Run. Joe. Run."" and, this was like, a K-9 version of the fugitive. There was a German Shepherd and he was accused of having done something very bad, that he was innocent of and he was constantly on the run. That is one of the reasons I rescue so many dogs. All right. Is that, is that show. And, the German Shepherd will always have a special place in my heart, just as he does for so many people. If; you want to have a Shepherd, I hope, you want to treat him or her nicely, and you don't want to use him or her to intimidate anyone, because, that's really not cool. These dogs are just, cud, cuddly bears, they're huggie bears, and they're very incredibly attached to their owners. They can suffer, separation anxiety, you want to spend a lot a time with this dog. It's not the kind of dog you just want to tie up outside or leave inside alone. Um, this is why they're really great, at guide work and police work, search and rescue, they're incredible with uh, with the blind, they're incredible service dogs in general. So, really, if you want a German Shepherd, make time for him or her because it's really worth it.

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  • Julia Szabo

    Julia pens the daily "Living With Dogs" column for Dogster.com and is a frequent contributor to Cesar's Way magazine and Pajamas Media. The author of six pet lifestyle books, she frequently answers callers’ questions live on Martha Stewart Radio’s “Morning Living.” Julia’s writings on pets have been published in The New York Times “T” Magazine, The New Yorker, Fido Friendly, and The New York Post, where she penned the influential "Pets" column every week for 11 years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, she’s honored to be a member of the American Humane Association's Animal Protection Advisory Committee and the National Advisory Board of North Shore Animal League America. She also sits on the board of Darwin Animal Doctors.