The German Shepherd is the third most popular dog breed according to the AKC.
Here are some pros and cons about choosing a German Shepherd for a pet:
They are often wonderful dogs that may be considered "serious" and maybe even a little "shy around strangers."
Loyal companions, they love their owners and are devoted pets. Be sure to get your German Shepherd from a reputable breeder and closely looking at the pup's parents personalities. Some new lines of German shepherds are nervous and have been associated with "fear biting." Others can have dominant personalities with a potential for aggression.
Training is very important with this breed since they are very smart and are eager to please. There is not better dog than a happy, healthy, well-trained German Shepherd.
They do have some genetic hip problems so ask the breeder if the dog and both parents have certified hips.