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Old 11-16-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
 
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I'm wondering.
It depends on their breeding. Some unscrupulous breeders sneak in a wolf here and there, to give their dogs a wilder, "meaner" look. However, breed standards do not allow for wolf blood in Shepherds. It's a no-no. And here in Canada, owning a wolf as a pet is illegal. Wolf blood mixed in with Shepherd blood can result in an unpredictable temperament for the Shepherd.

Please note that wolves are not aggressive animals - they get a bad rap. They are timid animals, who prefer to live in a quiet little pack, away from humans. They are very loyal to each other, and they mate for life. They are the best parents to their pups And they are very, very beautiful.

Sincerely, the mom of two perfect Shepherds lol!

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Oh wow this thread is freaking me out. Just a few hours ago I saw a German Shepard and thought about how they look more like their canine/wolf cousins than most other breeds. Stay outta my head...
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Oh wow this thread is freaking me out. Just a few hours ago I saw a German Shepard and thought about how they look more like their canine/wolf cousins than most other breeds. Stay outta my head...
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Funny little factoid based on ages of breeds, the shih tzu is more closely related to wolves than german shepherds are.
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No, he looks like a German-standard german shepherd, as in the ones they raise in Germany, not the US. They are somewhat shaggier and larger.
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No they tend not to have wolf in them. Not if they're up to breed standards.
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This.

And he's gorgeous!

I love German Shepherds.
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No, he looks like a German-standard german shepherd, as in the ones they raise in Germany, not the US. They are somewhat shaggier and larger.
Somewhat as Curlilocks says if you google Czechoslovakian Shepherds, you will see where your dog gets that facial look. He probably has a mix of Czech/German bloodlines. There is also a line of Sheppies that have longer, bushier fur. That is quite common in Sheps with a European descent.

Here are my two, so you can compare. They both have strictly German lines:

ETA: I forgot to say, your dog is lovely!
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If I knew how to get photo's (proper ones from the olden days!) on to a computer I'd show you my dear departed shepherd. Nothing like a wolf, and nor does yours look like one.
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No more than any other dogs.

I grew up with a German Shepherd. She was the sweetest, and a big old chicken.
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I want a German Shepard soooo bad! When I get a house I'm definitely going to get a baby/puppy one and raise it. I've always liked them because them seem so sweet but at the same time they can scare ppl and protect my house
The store around the corner from me had this huge old German Shepard and it was very sweet, I even pet it once. Every since then, I've wanted one.
How much does one usually cost?

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I want a German Shepard soooo bad! When I get a house I'm definitely going to get a baby/puppy one and raise it. I've always liked them because them seem so sweet but at the same time they can scare ppl and protect my house
The store around the corner from me had this huge old German Shepard and it was very sweet, I even pet it once. Every since then, I've wanted one.
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Check out the American Kennel Club page for recommended breeders...they can go anywhere from $500 for a backyard breeder's dog, to in the several thousands for a pure-blood. Or, you could go to the ASPCA (assuming you are American! lol!) to get one for about $150. There are sooooooooo many dogs out there in need of a good home! You can adopt one from a rescue agency - there are many German Shepherd rescue organisations, instead of giving your money to a breeder, and save some money, as well as a dog's life!
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I want a German Shepard soooo bad! When I get a house I'm definitely going to get a baby/puppy one and raise it. I've always liked them because them seem so sweet but at the same time they can scare ppl and protect my house
The store around the corner from me had this huge old German Shepard and it was very sweet, I even pet it once. Every since then, I've wanted one.
How much does one usually cost?

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. There are sooooooooo many dogs out there in need of a good home! You can adopt one from a rescue agency - there are many German Shepherd rescue organisations, instead of giving your money to a breeder, and save some money, as well as a dog's life!
Exactly. Not gonna lie, I get a little twingy when it comes to where people get their dogs from. Rescue dogs FTW.

I always wanted a coydog. There's a lot of people around here who unfortunately don't have their pets fixed and with the local wildlife, well.... And coyotes are awesome. Too bad that inclusion of wild dog genes can cause behavioral problems.
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I had a German Shepard growing up and he was such a nice dog. He looked very American I guess - I'm kinda jealous of your very cool looking Shepard op!

ETA: No I guess he was very German looking lol, looked a lot like Knotty_Maddy's dog on the left

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I had a German Shepard growing up and he was such a nice dog. He looked very American I guess - I'm kinda jealous of your very cool looking Shepard op!

ETA: No I guess he was very German looking lol, looked a lot like Knotty_Maddy's dog on the left
American Sheps have the low, slouchy crouched back end - which is too bad, as it never was good for their hips to be built this way And that is the fault of breeders. Thank goodness they are starting to return them to German lines.

Sheppies are great! I hope you eventually have another one, SpiralS!

BTW mine were originally from breeders, but ended up in the Rescue dog house...
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I love GSDs, but every one I've known had a tendency to be really smelly and bad shredders - is that common ? I've also considers Belgian Malinois.
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I think GSDs are the most perfect dogs...except for the horrendous shedding. That's the only reason i don't own one.
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