Pet parents, like human parents, often are faced with a “goodness of fit” issue with their cat or dog. Picking a breed requires careful consideration of your temperament and whether it is the best match for the type of dog you want. Certain breeds, like the German Shepherd, are not for everyone. For example, I have a working line German Shepherd with strong alpha male tendencies. Despite being altered, my dog requires professional training because he needs vigorous exercise and to be trained to relate to me as his alpha. If I was unaware of his personality traits I would think he was aggressive.
German Shepherds may require work especially if you find yourself with one who wants to be leader of the pack. I knew this the moment Bode came home. Despite it all there is no way I’d trade him for a docile Maltese. Why? I know the German Shepherd breed and this is what I willingly signed up for. Others, not so much. So much so that the dog pays an unfair penalty and winds up in a high kill shelter. Such is what may have happened to Remo. Currently, Remo is an owner surrender sitting in the Baldwin Park shelter. If he is not rescued he will most likely be euthanized.
If any dog will die in defense of its owner, it’s the German Shepherd. They were bred to work. While they are intelligent, strong, and fearless, they require proper training from day one and an owner who “gets” what they are all about. These dogs do not do well in shelters and have been the victims of breed specific discrimination. So many German Shepherds end up in shelters for various reasons but it’s not uncommon for one deemed “aggressive” to simply have been misunderstood. If you want a gentle canine who likes everyone, even the burglar who breaks into your house, get a Golden Retriever. German Shepherds tend to be aloof and mistrustful of strangers, but that’s a good thing. Right now, a German Shepherd named Remo, needs someone who understands that. He shouldn’t be put down for being whom his breed intended him to be. Here is the information posted about Remo:
My name is Remo. I am an 8 yr old male brown/black German Shepherd. My owner left me here on May 7. kennel card says “caution; aggressive”. I share these photos to help get these dogs seen and perhaps find homes. I do not work for the shelter nor do I rescue, pull or do chipins. If you are interested in this dog, please contact the shelter directly to find out its availability. NOTE: Pit breeds are only getting 4-5 days before they’re killed so those are always urgent!! Save a life – adopt. Baldwin Park shelter Open for Adoptions 7 days a Week 4275 Elton Street, Baldwin Park, California 91706 Phone 626 430 2378 Hours: Monday – Thursday 12 – 7 Friday – Sunday 10 – 5