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Just out of curiosity---

How much of that is due to the parents of the dog,

Pedigree and lineage is the basis to any dog that meets the standard of any breed. I showed Shepherds 20+ years ago. The breed wasn't looking good at that time...a lot of American bloodline. Dogs were looking like kangaroos and spooky (not aggressive, but spooky) temperaments.

how much to your training,

Training and socialization is of utmost importance in every breed. Shepherds are the most devoted dog breed I have ever known. I currently have two Shetland Sheepdogs in my house. They are also herding dogs, and devoted, but not to the extent a German Shepherd has the nature to be devoted to its owner/family.

Tony does not live with me. I am only a co-owner. I've had 2 pups in my house in last 2 years. The first one was from a different breeder than Tony and other words...aggressive. He was too possessive of me. I've had 40-50 Shepherds come through my house through the years (to train/socialize for other people) but, could not correct this particular pup, even though I sought outside expertise. He now resides with that trainer.

2nd pup, I picked up in July at 6 months of age was perfect in every way. Except he had 2 heart problems that became apparent a few weeks after I owned him. One was surgically correctable. One was not. I had to have him put down.

I'm waiting for a show contender. There is a 13 week old bitch (girl) pup out of Tony we are all keeping our eye on, to see how she develops.

I've strayed from your is important in EVERY breed.

and how much due to the character or behavior of the dog?

They all have their own personalities. From Chihuahuas to Pit Bulls. Frankly, I'm skeptical around Chihuahuas and stay way out of the path of Pit Bulls. German Shepherds are herding dogs and respond and connect to people. It's what they were bred to do. Aggressiveness is a fault and dogs are excused from ring (obedience, herding, tracking, confirmation if it is exhibited).


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