Okay. I would love to own a German Shepherd. I love everything about this breed. When I think of "dog" this breed is what I picture. I love the GSD's fur type, coloring, ear shape, face shape, intelligence, general personalities (obviously individual dogs are going to have different personalities), their temperments, functionality, needed lifestyle (amount of exercise/training/handler involvement), and size.
And yes, I am aware that they are known for aggression. I am willing and able to put the time into training a puppy to be a well behaved canine citizen. Growing up in the country, having really good family dogs with a hint of "stranger awareness" was appreciated and wanted. All the dogs I had growing up were phenominally loyal and great family dogs but were also excellent guard dogs. It's a personality trait that I am drawn to in a dog.
HOWEVER... It would appear that I am not the only one who will have to live with this dog. My SO has "put his foot down" and has said that he does not, under any circumstances, want a GSD because they are seen as aggressive and he doesn't want to scare people. Apparently he wants to make friends in his life and not have them afraid to come over.
But I have had my heart set on a GSD since essentially forever.
So... GAG community, here's your task. Find me a breed of dog that looks as close as possible to the German Shepherd but lacks the aggression that German Shepherds are known for. It can be slightly larger or slightly smaller but I'd like a dog in the 50+ lb range. No small dogs. :) Ready? Go.
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Well any of them, Belgians for example, require a lot of training. They are not a good choice if you want a docile dog. There are many breeds more aggressive, Caucasians for example, so pick wisely. All the guard dog breeds are assertive. That is why they are chosen.
Consider a lab if you want a less assertive dog. You can also adopt a mixed breed. If you go to www.petfinder.com you can view all the rescued dog's in your area. This allows you to meet the dog as an adult. You can choose one that is not aggressive after meeting him.0