Q: Are German shepherds good with children? I am 4 and 6 years old (both boys) and I wonder if the German shepherd is a family dog. – Fernanda HR
A: I fully understand why people tend to think that a German shepherd is not as child-friendly as a small dog. But essentially a dog is a dog, and every dog is a family dog. Dogs are from nature, a herd animal, and all breeds on the planet need a herd / family to belong. I’m not saying that all dogs are the same, but every dog has the ability to be compatible with children. Some breeds are rumored to be very good with children. This type of information must be taken with considerable reservations. Dogs are not born with a special relationship with children. However, a dog tends to be very fond of children, if it has had good and positive experiences with different children of different ages while growing up.
Children who beg their parents for a dog often result in impulse purchases that end in disappointment for the family and the innocent dog. However, children and dogs have tremendous fun and both benefit from the relationship. Children who have grown up with dogs have been proven to be better at showing empathy and caring for others. Puppies that have been provoked by children will often have “scars” throughout their lives and will have trouble connecting with children in the future. Dogs that have not had the opportunity to socialize with children are often uncomfortable in the presence of children.
are good German shepherds with children
I recommend that before buying an adult German shepherd, it is essential that the German shepherd has socialized with children in the past. And when buying a puppy, it is very important that children know how to interact with the new family member. They need to understand that they need to treat the dog with respect (also remember to tell your children’s friends). I hope this answer was helpful and good luck buying a German shepherd. You will not regret!
So, in summary; is the german shepherd good with children? YEA!