Wonder 4186 - German Shepherd Dog (medium coat) Dog For Adoption
German Shepherd Dog Dog For Adoption in Sterling, VA

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Organization Name: Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
Location: Centreville, VA 20122
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Breed: German Shepherd Dog
Gender: Male Male
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Wonder 4186

Age: Senior
Color/Markings: Black with Brown, Red, Golden, Orange or Chestnut
Availability Date: 08/13/2016
Location: Sterling, VA 20191
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Physical Attributes
Coat Length Medium
Likes to Vocalize Some
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Dogs Yes
Energy Level Low
Activity Level Slightly Active
Exercise Needs Low
Fence Required Not Required
Obedience Training Has Basic Training
Owner Experience Required Breed
Other
  • Leash Trained
  • Crate Trained
  • Housetrained
  • Good in a Car
  • Likes to Be in Your Lap
Personality
Personality Characteristics
  • Playful
  • Gentle
  • Goofy
Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No
Other
  • Has Allergies

Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog (medium coat). Hi! My name is Wonder but my foster parents call me Henry (like Regarding Henry). I can't hear but I do respond to some hand signals. I love living in a house and staying close to my people! I do very well in a crate but don't really need one. I like chewing on Nyla bones, tossing them in the air and pouncing on them. Sometimes when I wake up all I need is to see my foster mom and then I plop back down and go back to sleep. My foster parents say that I am a bit "touched in the head" but I don't know what that means....probably that I am super smart! Sometimes I get very excited around other dogs and will run in circles around them...that gives me a lot of exercise but the other dogs sometimes get tired of it. Since I get so excited, my foster parents don't take me to adoption days where there are a lot of dogs. I would do great as a single dog in a family where people love to have a velcro dog just follow them around and pet me. I have allergies to dust mites and have to get shots so I don't itch. My foster mom gives them to me and I take it like a champ. They think it's cute when I run because my ears flop up and down like the Flying Nun. I would really love to find my forever home! Please consider me. Fully qualified adopters can contact the foster mom at rsqgsd@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

More About German Shepherd Dog Breed
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    • German Shepherd Dog Dog For Adoption in Sterling, VA

      Butch 4137

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Senior
      Location: Sterling, VA
      Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog (medium coat). 11/21/16 I have had Butch for a month now. He is doing great. He has been neutered, treated with antibiotics for a UTI and given NSAIDS for what was found to be spinal arthritis that is the cause for his weak back legs. Don't let the arthritis fool you, Butch gets around great. He loves to walk around the yard with the other dogs as well as curl up on the couch. He is very friendly and will get up to let you know when he wants outside. He is not very vocal as I have only heard him bark one time in the month that I had him. He loves to chew on durachews and deer antlers. 10/27/16 Butch is new to my home. He does not respond to commands or his name, however I have seen a change in his personality after five days. He follows the rest of my pack around in the house. He goes to the door when he wants to go outside, not always to potty, he just likes to walk around the yard. The yard is fenced in and I believe if Butch did not have a fenced in yard he would wander off. He is very friendly and laid back. He likes to hang out with the other dogs and be in the same room as the humans. Butch would make a great pet, he does not require a lot of exercise, just likes to hang out with people.
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    • German Shepherd Dog Dog For Adoption in Sterling, VA

      Sabastian 33...

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Senior
      Location: Sterling, VA
      Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog (medium coat). Please contact Sam (thorpuppy12@gmail.com) for more information about this pet. 10/27/16 Mom's View: Sabastian is a small, beautiful male black and silver German Shepherd; a gem and a gentleman who will do great in any home. He gets along with other dogs, kids, and adults; he loves to play, go on walks, ride in the car, and socialize at the park. He is a very happy guy with great manners and is completely trustworthy in the house. Sabastian is very attached to me and loves attention, so I'd like to see him in a home where he will not be alone for long periods. He does want to chase squirrels and may react similarly to cats, though he hasn't seen any since coming to his foster home. Sabastian's View: So, I'm in a new place, but it sure feels like home to me! The digs and food are great, and I like my soft sleepy bed, but life is really good when Mom lies with me, rubs my ears, and calls me Little Handsome. She says I slid right into her pack like I'd always been here and I have excellent house manners. My foster brother gets jealous of all the love I get, but we're cool, I play and wrestle with him a lot. He's a lot bigger than me, but Mom says I give him a run for his money, whatever that means. She doesn't like it when I bark and try to chase her hens, though, so I try to control myself by barking at & carrying around big rocks or playing with my soccer ball. I didn't appreciate Mom taking me to the doctor, but I was really good and I liked all the people and other dogs. They said I needed to gain a little weight and get some baths for my skin. I'm not really keen on the bath thing, but I feel so much better and my coat is shiny and soft. Mom says I'm a good eater, I say yum to everything, even taking my medicine. They also said I'm ten years old, but don't let that fool you, I say ten is the new six! I probably have some arthritis in my hip and leg, but it doesn't stop me. I never say no to a good walk, and I love car rides to Petsmart and Home Depot where I get to meet other dogs and people. I like being active and social, but a good relaxing snooze and belly rubs are pretty darn good too. I'm loving life! And I would love you, too. Won't you consider making me part of your family?
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    • German Shepherd Dog-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Sterling, VA

      Maggie 4212

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Sterling, VA
      Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog / Mixed (medium coat). Please contact Cheri (cherialexander@gmail.com) for more information about this pet. 5/16/16 Maggie looks like a German shepherd and border collie mix, weighing about 55 pounds. She was heartworm negative on her last blood test. She is around 2 to 3 years old and still has the puppy attitude. She is medium energy with a strong will. Her favorite toy is a toy with rope in it and likes to play with it by herself. I throw it occasionally but she doesn't want me to keep throwing it. She is not a velcro dog but does want to know where you are at all times. She loves the outside and helps me with yard work. She will need to be put in her crate for mowing, weed wacking, etc. She does not like the vet but she is getting better. She enjoys walks but can get over stimulated. She loves car rides. She has some allergies but antihistamines work for her. She is smart and now knows many commands. High prey drive. No small dogs, cats or little children. Needs respectful children. Maggie is still a bit fearful but has come a long way and is looking for her forever home. She needs a fenced yard. A strong confident leader who has experience with the German shepherd who will continue her training. Bonus would be both breeds. If her new family has another dog, it needs to be a self confident and even tempered dog. She is a sweet, funny and goofy pup that has a lot of love to give. For more information email cherialexander2000@gmail.com . 11/18/15 My name is Maggie. I was in a backyard on a chain when a nice couple saw me. They asked the lady who owned me about me. She said it was her mother’s dog but her mom had died so they asked if I could live with them. I had a wonderful home with them but the woman had childcare in her home and I would snap at the children. I really did not mean it but they scared me. Pretty much everything scares me. I believe Maggie has been chained most of her life. She has not been socialized with humans or other animals. There were two dogs in her last home. The younger one played with her but the older one she would not leave alone. She has a want to please and loves hugs. I am still getting to know her so I will give an update later. She is heartworm positive so we will be re-evaluating that in January. If you are interested or want to ask questions you can email me at cherialexander2000@gmail.com .
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    • German Shepherd Dog Dog For Adoption in Sterling, VA

      Magic 3716

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Sterling, VA
      Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog (medium coat). 11/8/2015 Magic is just one of those dogs that every time you look at him, he makes you smile. He is a quiet boy that has a huge, goofy personality. He would love nothing more than to play ball 24/7. Even if you don’t have time to play with him, he has his own special game he’ll play by himself. He has never had an accident in the house and given the chance I believe he’d be great loose in the house when left alone. I have left him and his foster sister loose for short periods of time and they have done great. In fact, when his sister gets into something she shouldn’t, he comes and tells me. So I guess you could say he is a bit of a tattle tale! He wants nothing more than to please and be loved by his people. He has some not so subtle ways of telling you what he wants. If he wants attention, he’ll put his head under your hand and rub on you. When he thinks it’s time to go for a walk, he’ll get his leash and drag it through the house. When both dogs are leashed and ready to go, he’ll grab his foster sister’s leash and take her for a walk around the house. She happily trots alongside of him. Magic loves to go for car rides and is great in the car. He does bark if he sees other dogs or horses on the side of the road. We are working on this and he is getting better. He also doesn’t have a problem letting you know when he has to go out. He loves nothing more than to lie on the floor and get belly rubs. Although Magic is very good with his foster sister, he is not fond of other dogs. He is also much too interested in cats; therefore he cannot be placed in a home with cats. Magic does has allergies. He has been evaluated by a specialist and has been well controlled for several months now. To keep his symptoms at bay, Magic will require weekly baths; bedding washed a few times per week and weekly allergy shots. He is great with all of this. Through all of his treatment Magic has remained a perfect gentleman. He also has a mild case of spondylosis and an unusual gait. This is not causing this boy any pain whatsoever and it doesn’t stop him from running full speed after his ball. Because of his unusual gait, Magic has been evaluated by an orthopedic specialist and an MRI. The MRI did not indicate any significant orthopedic changes. Due to this, the orthopedic has diagnosed this as a neurological issue. This has not kept him from doing anything he wants to do. Yes Magic has a few health issues and will require some TLC. But he appreciates everything that’s done for him. He is a wonderful boy that deserves a home that will love him and give him the caret that he needs. If you are an approved adopter you may contact his foster mom at foster@vgsr.org.
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    • German Shepherd Dog Dog For Adoption in Sterling, VA

      Max 3629 / 3...

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Sterling, VA
      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.
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      Max 4031

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Sterling, VA
      Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog (short coat). Please contact Rumpf, Uli and Argroves, (steven-uli@cox.net) for more information about this pet. 10/19/2016 Meet Max, an absolute sweetheart of a dog. Max is a happy-go-lucky, friendly dog who likes every human and dog he meets, small or big. Beware of anything that you have lying around at the height of his tail, he will knock it off with his constant wagging! We have not tested him with cats yet; but he is quite interested in squirrels, rabbits and our parrots. Because of his size, caution should be exercised with babies/very young children. Max attended his first adoption event last weekend and did great, greeting everybody that came to the booth and walking around with the volunteers. He definitely likes to hang out with "the guys"! He is very tall and strong, but knows all the basic commands and is eager to please. He is house-broken and crate-trained (you will need a Great Dane crate as he does not fit in anything smaller!), but prefers to be with his humans if at all possible. He is safe to leave out in the house, no chewing or tearing up things. He currently lives with 2 male and 1 female GSDs and gets along with all of them. He loves, loves, loves car rides and playing with a ball or toy. Max has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), which is the inability to break down and digest food properly. But there is a simple remedy, his food just needs to be mixed with an enzyme powder and "incubated" for a bit before he eats. Max also has pannus (chronic keratitis of the eyes) which is being treated with daily eye drops. Both the enzyme powder and eye drops will have to be given for the rest of his life, but it does not slow him down one bit! Max will be attending adoption events in the Tidewater area. Approved adopters can contact his foster parents at steven-uli@cox.net .
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    • German Shepherd Dog-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Sterling, VA

      Mercy 4436

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Young
      Location: Sterling, VA
      Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog / Mixed (short coat). Please contact Sharla (sashbyvgsr@comcast.net) for more information about this pet. 06-01-16 - Update: Mercy is still timid with men however she is making great progress. She is super sweet and craves attention. Due to her anxiety and timidness she will need a home that is willing to work with her and be patient with her until she is comfortable in her new home and with her human. She would do best with another confident dog in the home. She loves to play but will nip at the dogs when they run by (typical herding behavior) so for that reason, I wouldn't put her with young children. If you are an approved adopter and would like to know more about Mercy or would like to meet her, please email me at sashbyvgsr@comcast.net * Mercy is timid however you can see her personality come out more each day. She is extremly sweet and is a velcro dog. She gets along with the other dogs in the house (and the resident dog savvy cat). Please check back for updates as we get to know her better. If you are an approved adopter and would like to meet her, please email me at sashbyvgsr@comcast.net
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      Elke 4271

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Senior
      Location: Sterling, VA
      Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog / Cattle Dog (medium coat). 14 September 2016 Elke has been a sweetheart since day one. She does not act like your typical 12 year old dog, she loves to play and has good energy. She knows sit, paw and lay down commands very well. Elke loves affection as long as you are not very close. She can get a little rough. Elke loves her bones and treats. She is a pretty independent dog but is still somewhat affectionate. She has a very thick coat and will require daily brushings to keep it from becoming matted. She is very sweet so she would be a great match for someone without other pets or children. Approved adopters may contact: GageRomulus@hotmail.ch
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      Eva 3162

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Sterling, VA
      Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog. Please contact Sue (sueshank@aol.com) for more information about this pet. Update:May 26, 2016. Eva just turned 5 years old on April 29!! She is maintaining her weight at around 53 pounds!! Still a happy, fun, funny, little girl. She broke her toe a few months ago, but has recovered well from that!! Update: July 7, 2014. Eva just turned 3 in April and is doing well. She is now up to 54 pounds and still lovin' life! Aren't I the cutest thing?? OK they say attitude is everything and boy do I have that! Well I have to... you see I was born with megaesophagus, making me a special needs dog. I have to be fed a few times during the day and I have to eat "standing up." And my food needs to be blended to milkshake consistency. After I eat, my foster mom has this contraption thing called a Baileys Chair that she puts me in to hang out for a bit so my food stays down in my stomach. My mom says it's not hard at all, it just takes a little extra time to feed me, that's all. Megaesophagus has not slowed me down one bit. I still like to do all the things dogs like to do, you know..chasing squirrels, tormenting my foster sisters and brothers, going for car rides, playing Frisbee..doggy stuff!! Check out this website for more info on megaesophagus: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/megaesophagus.html Check out my Facebook photo album to see what Ive been up to. You don't need to have a Facebook account to look!! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150340602369127.372245.628379126&type=1&l=bd7aef4f3c (Note from foster moms) Eva is a very special pup, not only because she has a special need - she is just adorable and oh so kissable! She will need a home that understands her needs and the time she requires to make sure she will thrive for years to come. Please do your research before considering her as your new family member. She will be worth it! Megaesophagus does not mean a death sentence. It merely means a lifestyle adjustment for dog and owner. So you think you can handle me and my "mega issue"? Approved adopters please contact: foster@vgsr.org
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      Max 4159

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Sterling, VA
      Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog (medium coat). Hi, I 'm Max. I see everything and am very curious about my surroundings. You want to go for a walk, or a car ride? Yep, I am always ready. I live with my foster mom who loves me to death, and she even takes me to work sometimes. I usually take a nap while she does her thing, but she is never too busy to give me a hug. I enjoy being around people most of all. I would like to be with someone who has a wee bit of patience as I have lived with minimal rules for most of my life. While my sister, Sandy, and I are pals, I do struggle to co-exist with smaller dogs, so I should probably hang out with dogs more my stature. I am in obedience school right now, and need to maintain my perfect attendance record for a while longer until I can graduate down the road. I do have a lot of energy, and lots of love to offer to my new family. I am good with hanging out in my crate, or being close to my foster mom. I would probably do best with someone who understands what a GSD is about, and will have the patience to unleash the great dog that I am. If you would like to be my new family, I attend VGSR adoption events in the NoVA area. Come out and meet me!
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