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8 Problems Only a German Shepherd Owner Would Understand

Written by: Arlene Divina
Arlene Divina, one of the content writers at IHD, loves going on adventures with her adorable fur baby. She now creates informative content for pet parents. Read more
| Published on June 5, 2023

Ahhh, the German Shepherd – an iconic breed distinguished by its loyalty, intelligence, and ability to shed fur faster than a speeding bullet. As the proud human of a German Shepherd, you understand that life with these glorious canines is a blend of joy, fascination, and a few challenges unique to this breed. So, buckle up and let’s embark on the journey of these ‘tail-waggingly’ hilarious problems that only a German Shepherd owner would understand.

1. The ‘Canine Hoover’ Problem

Is it a dog or a vacuum cleaner with a personality? German Shepherds are notorious for their voracious appetites. They’ll wolf down their food and then promptly turn to you, acting as if they’ve been starved for days. If you turn your back for a second, they’ll happily clear your plate for you. It’s less ‘doggy bag’ and more ‘doggy did it’.

2. Shedzilla Unleashed

You’ve heard of Godzilla, but have you met Shedzilla? A German Shepherd sheds enough hair to knit a sweater for an elephant. Daily. If you’re a German Shepherd owner, you’ve inevitably developed a new fashion style, where fur-coating is an essential part of your wardrobe. And forget the four seasons – you now have two: ‘Shedding’ and ‘Shedding Even More’.

3. The ‘Furry Shadow’ Syndrome

German Shepherds are your personal shadows. They’ll follow you to the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and even the laundry room. If you think about privacy, they’ll look at you as if you’ve just suggested something utterly ludicrous. “Privacy? Is that a type of treat?”, they seem to question.

4. Einstein’s Pawtegé

These dogs are not just cute, they’re smart. Scary smart. They can outwit some humans on a regular basis, and you’ll find yourself wondering who is training whom. Your German Shepherd has probably already figured out how to open doors, unwrap food packages, and perform a flawless “I’m starving” act, just hours after dinner.

5. Infinite Energy: The Battery That Never Drains

German Shepherds seem to believe that sleep is for the weak. Equipped with an energy level that would put the Energizer bunny to shame, they’re always ready for a walk, run, or game of fetch. No amount of exercise is enough, and they’ll continue bouncing around long after you’ve collapsed on the sofa, gasping for breath.

6. The ‘Nanny Dog’ Quirk

Your German Shepherd takes its role as family protector very seriously. Their overzealous attempts to protect their humans from the ‘threats’ of the world – be it the mailman, a squirrel, or that suspicious-looking plastic bag – can be a tad overwhelming. After all, not everyone appreciates your dog’s loud warnings at 7 AM, especially the aforementioned mailman.

7. The Lassie Complex

German Shepherds can often be dramatic and seem to have graduated from the ‘Lassie School of Drama’. Stubbed toe? They’ll whine as if their heart is breaking. Slight rain? They’ll look at you like you’re asking them to cross the Sahara without water. Their over-the-top expressions are worthy of an Oscar, leaving you torn between laughter and sympathy.

8. Lifetime Membership to the ‘Big Dog Club’

Being a German Shepherd owner means constantly forgetting how big your dog is. Sure, they were cute, cuddly puppies once, but now they’re 80-pound lap dogs (in their minds, at least). They see no issue with climbing onto your lap or trying to squeeze into tiny spaces. As a member of the ‘Big Dog Club’, you’ll often find yourself pinned under a German Shepherd who believes it’s the size of a Chihuahua.

While owning a German Shepherd comes with its set of hilarious trials and tribulations, the unconditional love and loyalty they provide make every hair-filled, drama-intense, always-hungry moment absolutely worth it. At the end of the day, life is never boring with a German Shepherd around. And once you go German Shepherd, it’s hard to imagine life any other way. So, here’s to our Shedzillas, our Canine Hoovers, our Furry Shadows – may they continue to entertain and bemuse us in their uniquely Shepherd way.

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