The German Shepherd is an active, intelligent, loyal, and courageous dog. It is self-assured and it is not nervous or overaggressive. It is a challenging dog that is not recommended for new owners with a meek personality. It can be reserved and suspicious of strangers and making friends with this breed is not easy. However, when it warms up with you, it can be a devoted friend. It is protective towards its family, making it an effective watch dog.
German Shepherds can be great with kids especially if they are raised together. Nonetheless, it is not advisable for small and unruly kids as it could accidentally hurt them due to its large size. Same goes with other household pets. It can do well when other dogs and pets have been introduced while it is a puppy. Introducing a new pet to an adult German Shepherd is not a good idea when it is not used to other animals.
This breed is one of the most intelligent dogs in the world. As a versatile working dog, it can be trained for military service, search and rescue assistance, and drug and bomb detection. It can also be used to assist the handicapped and be a loyal companion. As a family pet, training should begin as early as eight weeks old. Sessions should focus on basic canine manners and socialisation with people and dogs so will become a well-rounded pet.
However, like humans, each breed is unique in terms of temperament and intelligence. Regardless if dogs are the same breed, their genetics, the environment they were raised in, and their training, play a significant role in developing their personality and skills.