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I want to get a German Shepherd. i live in appartment, help?

I live in a 800 sq ft 2bhk flat with family and adore the german shepherd dog and want to buy 1 but not very sure whether the space is sufficient for such a large breed and also heard that they shed tremendously, dont want to turn my house into a fur factory. PLs pls help all german shepherd owners that could i possibly have one or should i drop the idea and think of some other breed????
By Swapy · 28 Jan 2010 9:18 pm

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By Vitun · 28 Jan 2010 10:05 pm
What I Suggest you not to be Breed oriented .. just select your puupy on your energy .. what energy u r as an individual ( i mean u r casual . or active or lazy , ) Select a puppy based on ur energy. Becoz if u failed to go for right energy dog .. it will definetly cause Some behaviour problems down the road. About German Sheperd They r very active n need extensive exercise daily twice a day .. they r averge shedders n require grooming . Ya dey will do ok if execised properly ...

All THE BEST
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By Hungry Paw's! · 29 Jan 2010 12:57 am
Go for a Pug!! or a Small breed or a Lap breed!! GSD is not for your Home Condition! :)
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By Runni · 29 Jan 2010 10:39 am
Ya they do shed a lot & thus require proper grooming...still they will shed...
Also they r full of energy, so u need to play a lot with ur pup & walk them twice once they grow up...
I have a 11mnth old gsd pup & my whole house is full of his hairs...my pup is hyper active & I play with him atleast 1hr per day apart from him morning walk..
So, if u think u can do extra cleaning & play with ur pup everyday, then u may go for gsd, though I think a bigger house will be better to keep a gsd.
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 10:53 am
Thanx Vitun, Ezzie and Runni for all your inputs hearing you all i think it wud be inappropriate of me to get a gsd though i am an active person but have a busy schedule but surely can manage to walk my dog twice daily. i donot like small toy dogs like pug no offence Ezzie but always like the guard dogs for their personality. Pls suggest some breed which would be happy in my small flat.
Thnx again
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By shreyank · 29 Jan 2010 11:40 am
get a beagle.. dey r small but hyper active dogs.. dey r gud guard dogs too...
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By Runni · 29 Jan 2010 11:44 am
Ya I agree with Shreyank....I guess u r actually looking for a watch/alarm dog...guard dogs r different from watch/alarm ones...all so called guard dogs r big & requires experienced hadlers...so better go for watch/alarm dogs like beagle, lhasha, etc..
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 11:44 am
Bull Mastiff does Ok in apartment
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 12:27 pm
Thanx shreyank, Runni and Anil too but mastiff is a very large dog.Beagle sounds good but do we get beagle easily in india and how much do i have to shell out for it and heard that they bark a lot and could be nuisance for the neighbors.pls reply..
Also how about a labrador,golden retriever,boxer or a doberman compared to a Beagle considering my 2bhk flat
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 12:37 pm
Lab would be the IDEAL family dog. Good Specimen i assume would start around 10,000 INR. Boxer needs space, Dob too needs good amount of workout. So Lab would be better and very easy to maintain. Childish till an age of 3 years
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By Runni · 29 Jan 2010 12:42 pm
Lab or GR are neither watch nor alarm dog....they r rather friendly dog...
I dont have much idea about boxer, but Dob is not recommended for 1st time owners..
And u can always teach ur beagle to stop barking..."Stop" command will do...
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 12:45 pm
Runni> Two of my pet labs are trained for personal protection and are awesome. It depends how you rear. There are many so called aggressive breeds who have allowed theives to enter home and play with them.
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By Runni · 29 Jan 2010 12:54 pm
Well, I was just talking about general behaviour...of course anything can be taught to any dog...I personally dont want to go against the natural behaviour of any breed....But again its my personal choice...
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 12:56 pm
thnx Anil i think you are right shud think of LAb, have seen many labs living in apartments happily. Thanx a lot
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 12:58 pm
Labs are not shy or nervous dogs, which means they are usually not afraid of things. They are usually very good watchdogs and will bark when they hear or see something unusual. When they are not being a watchdog, Labs are friendly, reliable, and trustworthy.
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By Hungry Paw's! · 29 Jan 2010 1:02 pm
Hey nothing like that pal !! :) if you dont like pug or any small breed. then go for some thing like a Boxer they dont shed that much. or dalamation would do fine. and or else go for a bull terrier
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By Hungry Paw's! · 29 Jan 2010 1:06 pm
labs are one heck of a lovely dog and damn.. my lab is agressive then a boxer :P hehe
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By Vitun · 29 Jan 2010 1:52 pm
Anil Is right ...Go for Lab ... all guard Dogs need time to work with ... Lab is good family dog ... Secondly what i think any dog (irrespective of breed) genetically not meant to live behind walls ... we need to tune them to live with us . this this u can do Providing them execise ... Even if u r living in castle but dog needs to experience the outside world by walking .. therefore Stray dogs are much more happier than some pets. I am not against of choosing German Shepherds. But be commited to whatever breed u choose .... Becoz Its Our Responsibility To keep them Mentally n physically happy .

ALL THE BEST
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 3:53 pm
Pls final advice....
So do you all unanimously agree for a lab for me in a 2bhk flat and to a first time owner???
thanx in advance!
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 3:57 pm
My vote for LAB
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 3:59 pm
Thanx a lot Anil !!!
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:00 pm
but get from a breeder..not from a broker or pet shop
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:01 pm
where are you based?
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:02 pm
Wats the difference Anil???
Wat shud i chk in the puppy to know its pure?
and how many months puppy shud i ideally buy?
Thanx in advance
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:02 pm
i am based in Mumbai
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:02 pm
where are you based?
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:04 pm
Mumbai!!
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:05 pm
broker/petshop sell poorly bred pups.. no info of parents... breeders have good pups n info on parents. Min 45 days of age. First 9-1 vaccination should be done
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:07 pm
First 9-1 vaccination should be done --- I didnt get this wat is 9-1 ?
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:07 pm
First 9-1 vaccination should be done --- I didnt get this wat is 9-1 ?
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:08 pm
its a vaccination to stop certain infection
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:09 pm
so the breeder should have done it then only i should buy from him and the vaccine is called 9-1.. Have i got you right?
Also i shud also chk the parent do they look pure or no?
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:11 pm
its a vaccination to stop certain infection
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:12 pm
yes see atleast one either mom or dad. see papers of KCI, vaccination details... first find some breeders n then will tell u what more to look
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:18 pm
Thanx Anil you are an angel, you have put me out of misery. you can understand my anxiety as a first time owner dont want anything to go wrong, will exactly do as u said and will definitely trouble you again with my doubts. Also i chkd your profile you seem to be a part of some NGO against cruelty to animals.Gr8 work dude,.. proud of you..You have a very big heart. Thanx a ton. Its good to know you.
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:26 pm
i am no part of NGO.. i do myself.. i tried to contact some NGO but it was same like Govt Dept. bribes, work only on paper... Metros have some really nice NGO. Sanam, Rajshree... Also one very nice lady Mrs Kothari in Lonavala. They really do XO stuff
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By Runni · 29 Jan 2010 4:29 pm
@Anil: One general question, U mentioned that one must see atleast one parent, but how do I confirm that the shown male is the real father of the litter???
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By Runni · 29 Jan 2010 4:32 pm
Who me?? I am from Shimla...
& Swapy is from mumbai
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:34 pm
Runni >> Currently India does not has DNA profiling for dogs. So if you approach a good breeder, he would surely not lie. Brokers/pet shop will show you images downloaded from Net and say these are parents. That is why one should go to a breeder to get a quality pup
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:37 pm
still great yaar.Mumbai is not very different, the numbers of stray dogs keeps on increasing the ngos claim of sterilizing a lot of them but it actually doesnt happen resulting in increase in nos of stray dogs and brutality by the people against them considering them as a nuisance.
I remember an injured parrot flying in my house it was badly injured i in panic got no clues wat to do and how to treat it called nearby ngo,s to help it tried several ngos calling them for atleast 2 hrs but none of them came.the parrot later in the evening was attacked by some crows in my balcony and it flew out to save itself, god knows whether it survived.
But definitely there are many NGO s which work for animals out of pure love just got to know abt them
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By Runni · 29 Jan 2010 4:39 pm
Ya I agree....I personally went to see both parents of my gsd pup before buying...
Was curious what to do if both parents are not available for inspection like in case where a breeder's stud has been used by some other person & the breeder is selling 1 or 2 pups of the resulting litter...I think this is very common..
Thanx
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:39 pm
Not in bad taste >> Even in humans one has to believe a female that Mr X is the father of the children. Earlier there was no DNA for humans but TRUST was there. Currently same applies for a good breeder.
I know it sounds rude...sorry for it
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By Runni · 29 Jan 2010 4:44 pm
Yap...U r absolutely right....so its preferable that i see the dam atleast & trust the breeder about the sire...
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:45 pm
Normally females can be seen if an outside stud is used.
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:46 pm
M not sure whether u get to see the sire all the time
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By Runni · 29 Jan 2010 4:50 pm
If the bredder is having his/her own stud then u can see both...otherwise see the dam & like Anil said trust the breeder about the sire..
I will prefer somebody who has both parents available for inspection
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:50 pm
Also one question which always nags me- Are there many complications if i buy a female than a male
Coz i've seen many owners buying only a male dog unless they want to breed it
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:52 pm
Mumbai Dog Show
30 to 31 Jan, 2010
(Saturday to Sunday)
8 AM to 8 PM
MumbaiLast date of entry : Friday, 15 Jan, 2010
Venue: Mumbai
Organised by: Mumbai Canine Club
Recognised by: Kennel Club of India
Event Size: 400 to 600 entries expected
1000 to 2000 footfalls expected


Contact Information:
5A Shamdam Sion Mumbai-400022
Mumbai, Maharashtra
INDIA
+91-22-24096762

Visit the Dog show and see Labs there. check for the litters info with the owners.
This would be the best place to get handon info.

Females comes in heat every 6 months. Some people find it awkward to take care of female at that period of about 21 days. Avoid her to meet any male else might get preggy. Male is like a OX...hhahaha..
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By Runni · 29 Jan 2010 4:52 pm
I guess with lab gender hardly matters...
In some cases female is recommended as they r relatively easy to handle....
But is most cases both are same if u properly train ur pet...
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:57 pm
last date of entry is gone Anil
And i think for a first time owner male dog is better
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 4:58 pm
Females are better. Its an old saying Female Species are the most dangerous. They make good watch dog and more caring towards family
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By Swapy · 29 Jan 2010 4:59 pm
ya sure but i dont wanna litter in my house which i will not be able to handle
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 29 Jan 2010 5:04 pm
not for show..i suggest him to see the show and get more info the breed. talk to some breeder there and inquire about litters
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By Ashley · 05 Feb 2010 7:00 am
i have four beagles and the only time i have problems with them barking is when someone comes by the house or a knock on the door and once you give them the quiet comand they stop. The problem i have with the beagles is getting out of the yard and one of my females has a problem with attacking if you wake her up.
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By Swapy · 05 Feb 2010 9:54 am
Thanks Ashley, m sure wud be a lot of fun for u to be with 4 beagles.
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