PUPLOVER asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

Are Solid black German Shepherds more aggressive?

I have a 2 month solid black German Shepherd puppy. Is it true that they are harder to train than other German Shepherds coz they are more aggressive? What are the problems that all blacks have? And his coat is not shiny. Wat should I do for this?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Coat color has absolutely nothing to do with it. But train early, as this breed is often predisposed to aggression. Not a basic group class, but work privately with a professional trainer. Training and leadership skills will help you raise a well-mannered dog.

    In response to a previous comment, and for your information...yes, some dogs ARE born aggressive. More accurately, they are born with a predisposition to aggression and the behavior can either be diminished or enhanced through handling. It's not all about how the dog is raised, though this is also important. People are so quick to attribute positive characteristics to genetics and blame negative ones on the owners.

    Not to be insulting, but it sounds like you don't know much about the breed. I highly recommend reading up on German Shepherds since you now own one!

    http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/germanshe...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Shepherd_Dog

    As for the coat, a fatty acid supplement will do the trick. I love Lambert Kay's Linatone, Shed Relief Formula. It's a yummy liquid you add to your dog's food. You'll see a big difference in 3-4 weeks.

    http://www.jefferspet.com/ssc/product.asp?CID=0&ms...

    Source(s): professional dog trainer. college degrees in animal behavior and animal management, exotic and domestic
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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Solid Black German Shepard

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is NO difference in temperament between Black, Sable, Black and gold/red, white GSD's. So a Black German Shepherd Dog is NOT more aggressive, it is still a German Shepherd Dog. In my opinion, they look more intimidating.

    For a shiny coat, feed him some sardines twice a week (not to many at first and watch his stool to see if there are any adverse reactions) and also a raw egg yolk (not the whites) every third day.

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  • Cassi
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    no, it's not true. It's actually reversed. Solid white german shepherds are actually more aggressive. Solid black german shepherds are just as easy to train as any other, his coat will eventually be shiny (but i recomend using the Hertz in the lavender scent for puppies sold at walmart and other retailers).

    Source(s): I have a solid black german shepherd that is 2 years old and total sweetie! He loves everyone!
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  • Kate C
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Temperament is the dog, then the breed. Nothing to do with color.

    As for his coat: He needs a good base diet. What are you currently feeding? Make sure its a good diet full of meat and organs.

    Avoid these ingredients:

    http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badin...

    Good comprehensive list and ratings of dog foods. Note: 95% of well known dog foods ended up badly rated.

    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com

    great forum for dog owners and BSL affected breeds

    http://www.bigdogsporch.com

    If you are interested in raw feeding, this is the forum to go. It is where I started raw and the reason I will never feed kibble again. Especially with it costing me purina price for evo dog food. Last seen evo was 58 bucks.

    If someone recommends Satin balls, dont go for them until 9 months of age. He is still growing and he needs to keep the calcium:Phosphorous ratio in check.

    Add canned fish to his diet i.e. salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc.

    and raw egg with shell will help too. feed the canned fish a couple to three times a week. The egg can be feed twice a week. Or every other day if you want.

    Animal sources are better than flax. Dogs are made to eat animal sources and will get more from them with less effort from the body and less waste(yup less poop).

    For a large breed: If you choose kibble over raw feeding, you will want to go with an adult dog food at or below 25%. No higher. A few good quality foods to go for:

    Taste of the wild pacific stream

    Innova

    Wellness(very rich)

    Solid gold mmelinia

    Eagle pack holistic(not to be confused with reg EP)

    blue buffalo

    Now I know you will look at the price and think we are absolutely crazy to spend that much. Well before you do that, take a look at what good food really cost you:

    http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=costf...

    Source(s): Guardian of three raw fed dogs It may not hurt to give him a quick oatmeal bath, but I would wait for that. He is only 2 months. Hasnt had too much time to get an issue except in his diet. And for fixing, all my dogs dont get fixed until 2 years of age. Earliest for giant/large breeds should be 18 months imo. I would be willing to compromise and go for 14 months, but no sooner. waiting prevents growth issues as the growth plates dont close when the are supposed to if fixed too early allowing the dog to grow too tall. And incontenience can result from fixing too early and the dog will need meds for life to fix that.
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  • 1 decade ago

    For the coat petco or any pet store has shampoo for dogs that have dry skin. I have never heard that a color could make a dog more aggressive it sounds like a myth. And you should alway wait until the dog is at least 6 months to be fixed. It could leave to UTI's and extreme weight gain.

    Source(s): Expericed
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  • YODEL
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    No....coat color has no effect on a dog's temperament.

    His genetics, and his upbringing will determine his temperament at maturity. Start him off right with proper training and socialization for best results.

    Good quality diet should help his coat....some breeds shed the downy, dullish puppy coat for an adult coat once they're a little older; give it time.

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  • 3 years ago

    I have pretty long hair, I like them but We think I would have them cut short in about some two years

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, Colour does NOT indicated the temperment of ANY dog breed, it is the ways the dogs brought up in the enviroment and just its temperment, also the way it is socialised with people and animals, and the way it is obedienced trainned.

    Like any dog breed if hit or beaten, or not basic obedience trainned, not socialised, will of CAUSE MAKE AN AGGRESSIVE DOG regardless of colour and regardles of breed, but a WELL trainned, well socialised dog will NEVER be aggressive, no matter the breed.

    Neutering DOES NOT cause aggression. Big time MYTH!

    Problems with blacks, the same problems normal coloured germans shepherds, as they are normal colour. Color

    The German Shepherd Dog varies in color, and most colors are permissible. Strong rich colors are preferred. Pale, washed-out colors and blues or livers are serious faults. A white dog must be disqualified.

    Indiscriminate breeding has lead to hereditary diseases such as hip and elbow dysplasia, (be sure both parents have had their hips certified at least OFA good) blood disorders, digestive problems (probably due to nerves), epilepsy, chronic eczema, keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), dwarfism and flea allergies.

    http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/germanshe...

    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/germanshepherd.htm

    Try changing the food for the shine, dog food anayslis isn't a reliable reference as there only one review per dog food and the guy who runs its DOESN'T EVEN FEED THE FOOD HE RECOMMENDS! Look at both good and bad reviews for a better picture, i prefer reviews based on people who have fed these diets, then on ingredients alone who HAVEN'T bothered feeding these diets!.here is much better site for dog foods information

    http://www.rateitall.com/t-353-dog-food-brands.asp...

    Decreased Aggression: One of the most important behavioral advantages of castration is that as adults, these dogs will tend to be less aggressive both toward other male dogs and also people. The androgen (male) hormones, of which testosterone is the most important, are responsible for the development of many behavioral patterns. When young puppies are sexually mounting their 7 and 8-week old litter mates this is because of androgen surges in their bodies. The same is true with aggressive behavior. Some medications that have androgenic hormonal activity often cause increased aggression (an example would be the birth control medication, Cheque Drops, which contains one of these androgen-type chemicals). The degree castration has on suppressing aggression varies between animals and the age at which it is done. Its effect is greatest if it is done before one year of age.

    Decreased Roaming: A second behavioral advantage of neutering is that these dogs will not 'roam' when they sense a female in heat. Male dogs can sense females in heat through pheromones. These are airborne chemical attractants that are liberated from the female when she is cycling. They travel through the air for great distances. We grew up on a farm where the next closest house was over a mile away, but when one of our female dogs was in heat, the males would come for miles from upwind, downwind, and crosswind. Pheromones are, to say the least, very effective stimuli. In the seventies, it was briefly popular to do vasectomies on dogs thinking that we would not be taking the 'joy of sex' away from our canine counterparts. The problem with this reasoning was that many of us keep our dogs restricted in our homes, a kennel, or on a chain. Now think of the psychological stress the vasectomized male is under when he is locked up, but yet smells that female in heat four blocks away. There is no joy of sex, as he is trapped on your property unable to go and mate with her. He is, in effect, teased continuously for three to fourteen days while the female is in estrus and he is unable to mate with her. If dogs are neutered at an early age, they will not sense or respond to pheromones, and would certainly be less stressed and tend to stay home.

    Increased Concentration: A third behavioral advantage occurs when you are training or working your dog, or using him for field work. If neutered, he will be a much better student with a much longer attention span when there are females nearby that are in heat. This is because he will not be constantly distracted by pheromonal stimuli.

    No Testicular Tumors: There are several different tumor types, both benign and malignant, that arise within the testicles. As with most cancers, these usually are not noted until the animal reaches 5 or more years of age. Therefore, these would not be a problem in those individuals castrated at the recommended age.

    Improved Genetics: We all agree that a male carrying a harmful genetic trait like hip dysplasia or epilepsy should be neutered. We must do all that is possible to prevent the spread or continuation of these conditions and others like them.

    Source(s): Fewer Hernias: A hernia is a protrusion of an organ or parts of an organ or other structure through the wall of a cavity that normally contains it. Perianal hernias occur when the colon, urinary bladder, prostate, or fat protrude from the abdominal cavity, through the muscular wall by the anus and then lie just under the skin. This type of hernia is far more common in older, unneutered male dogs. The levels of testosterone and other hormones appear to relax or weaken the group of muscles near the anus. When the animal then strains to defecate or urinate, the weakened muscles break down and the abdominal organs and fat bulge out under the skin. In shorthaired breeds, this large bulge is noted by the owner almost immediately, but in the longhaired dogs, the problem may go on for months before anyone realizes there is an abnormality. Left untreated, these organs may become damaged, unable to function or even die from loss of blood supply. Additionally, because of the displacement of organs into this area, the animal may not be able to defecate or urinate correctly or completely and may become constipated or have urinary incontinence (dribble urine). The surgery to repair this condition is not simple and today can easily cost $700 to $1500 or more, depending on the severity. Fewer Perianal Tumors: There are tumors whose growth is stimulated by testosterone. These occur near the anus and are called perianal adenomas (benign) or perianal adenocarcinomas (malignant). As with the hernias, these usually do not occur until the dog is at least 7-years old. They require surgical treatment and should be caught early in their development to prevent recurrence. These tumors and the above hernia are very, very rare in those individuals castrated at 7 to 8-months of age. Fewer Prostate Problems: The most common medical problems eliminated in dogs neutered at an early age are those involving the prostate. Over 80% of all unneutered male dogs develop prostate disease. Prostate conditions such as benign enlargement, cysts, and infection are all related to the presence of testosterone. Early neutering In the United States, most dogs are neutered between 5 and 8 months of age. Many humane shelters and veterinarians are starting to neuter male animals at a younger age, even 6-14 weeks of age. This early neutering does not affect the growth rate, and there are no appreciable differences in skeletal, physical, or behavioral development between those animals neutered early than those neutered at a more traditional age. It must be remembered that younger animals may need different anesthetics and are more prone to hypothermia (lower than normal body temperature) during surgery. As long as procedures are modified to account for these differences, early neutering is very safe. In fact, animals neutered at a younger age often have faster recoveries than those neutered when they are older http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1625&a... Bad dogs are not born, there is no genetic mutation present in certain dog breeds that make them turn against their owner or reach out and bite their latest victim. Bad dogs are created, usually by the people who raise them, less often by unscrupulous breeders who deliberately or unknowingly breed unsound temperaments to another unstable temperament. Every dog is a product of his environment. Every puppy born is born innocent of future charges levied against him by the public. http://dogs.about.com/cs/breedprofiles/a/mean_dogs...
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  • Cindy
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I know several black GSDs. As far as I can see, they're just like all the other GSDs.

    Neutering will not fix aggression: it could make it worse. Neutering should never be used as a substitute for training.

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