Are German Shepherds Good Family Dogs?

Are German Shepherds good family dogs?

Depending on the size and age of your family and home, a German Shepherd may be the ideal addition. 

German Shepherds have a reputation for being good guard dogs, intelligent and easily trained.  Having been developed for training with the police force and also as guide dogs for the blind, they make reliable partners for everyday life.

They are considered among the top ten most intelligent dog breeds in existence, making them highly trainable, adaptable and an attractive option for work and show.


The breed is also known for its loyalty, fiercely territorial and protective of its pack – a trait inherent from wolf ancestors.  A German Shepherd that adopts itself into a human family will remain loyal to the end.

Young families with small children will do well to introduce a puppy rather than adult to the home so children and pup can grow together. 

Adult German Shepherds, depending on their background, may find it difficult to adjust to young children, particularly if both children and dog have had little previous experience relating to each other.  Older families and those without children are better-suited to adult GSD adoption.

A growing family benefits from having a growing, well-trained German Shepherd in the mix.  They need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and plenty of mental stimulation – an excuse to keep the family active and healthy.