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Max 3629 / 3923 - German Shepherd Dog (medium coat) Dog For Adoption
German Shepherd Dog Dog For Adoption in Sterling, VA, USA

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Date Listed: 10/29/2016
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Breed: German Shepherd Dog
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Max 3629 / 3923

Age: Adult
Color/Markings: Black with Brown, Red, Golden, Orange or Chestnut
Size at Maturity: Large
Availability Date: 10/29/2016
Location: Sterling, VA 22963
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Physical Attributes
Coat Length Medium
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Dogs Yes
OK with Cats No
Energy Level High
Exercise Needs High
Obedience Training Needs Training
Owner Experience Required Breed
Other
  • Not Good With Small Dogs
  • Yard Required
  • Crate Trained
  • Housetrained
  • Likes to Play with Toys
Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No
Other
  • Up-to-date on Vaccinations

Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog (medium coat). Max is a great looking dog, I know, but he's a dog who needs help more than admiration. Max is very high strung, and that's a very much an understatement. The root of his problem seems to be that he can't handle stress or excitement of any kind. The problem manifests itself as tail chasing accompanied by a high-pitched, blood curdling scream. I've had him on medication for a while now and it has helped. He spins less and screams much less. He has even been seen engaging in normal dog behavior occasionally, including playing with other dogs or at least trying to. On medication and away from excitement, Max is a good dog. He's always been fine being crated indoors, but now he's got the run of the place and he settles right down, often in an open crate. He's good at night in the bedroom too. He listens better, pays attention more, and is as close to normal as I've ever seen him. He still has some OCD behavior, generally licking or gumming a bed cover, but that isn't destructive, so far, and is minimized with a generous quantity of suitable dog toys kept lying about. It's time to find this dog a home. He's "special needs" and always will be. He won't be a child's dog or a typical "family" dog. He won't be a dog park dog. He's very powerful when he's excited and he's got a strong prey drive, so no small dogs or cats. But he'd be a fine dog for someone who lives a quiet life and wants a companion, particularly if that someone wants to give as much as get something from the relationship. Any questions can be directed to his foster home at vadogrescue@gmail.com.

German Shepherd Dog

A.K.A. : German Shepherd, Alsatian, Alsatian Wolf Dog, Berger Allemand, Deutscher Schäferhund
Overview: The German Shepherd is unmatched in character and courage. These dogs make great companions because they are loyal and have the heightened senses of an excellent watch dog. At the same time, they can be gentle and playful companions for children.
Breed Group: Herding
Weight (lbs): 75-95
Height (in): male: 24-26, female: 22-24
Colors: Most colors, other than white, are permissible.
Coat: Dense, straight or slightly wavy, harsh, close lying of medium length.
Character: German Shepherds are very intelligent, loyal, and obedient. These dogs are known for their bravery and protective nature.
Temperament: This breed is very territorial, making them among the least likely of breeds to run away. They are also excellent watch dogs. This breed gets along fine with children and other animals, as long as proper socialization has taken place.
Care: The German Shepherd requires grooming with a special comb to remove dead hairs.
Training: This breed is a well-known eager pupil. They respond well to your voice, so training can be quick and impressive.
Activity: German Shepherds need to keep busy, so they are very well suited to some type of work and a good amount of exercise.
Country of Origin: Germany
Health Issue: This breed is prone to hereditary disease, such as hip and elbow dysplasia, blood disorders, digestive problems, epilepsy, chronic eczema, and keratitis.
Life Expectancy: about 13

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