The Sociability of your Dog | The German Shepherd
The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes the German Shepherd as a dog that "has a distinct personality marked by direct and fearless, but not hostile, expression, self-confidence, and a certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. The dog must be approachable, quietly standing its ground and showing confidence and willingness to meet overtures without itself making them." What this means in terms of bonding with your pet is that your German Shepherd will be slow to get close to you at first – but that once you and your pet connect over time, you will be able to benefit from enormous loyalty and trust on the part of your pet. German Shepherds can be less overtly friendly than the hypothetical do, however, forge lasting friendships with the people and animals that they come to care for, and in this lasting friendship you can see elements of your German Shepherd's nobility and trustworthiness. In all fairness, a large number of breeds carry this trait, such as the Doberman Pinscher, another dog of German descent.