German Shepherds are a breed that has a long and rich history of service – but they are also great family pets, in the right homes.
According to the Kennel Club, they are some of the most loyal dog breeds in the world.
This, combined with their agility and their strong intelligence, makes them excellent service dogs who contribute their know-how in jobs ranging from police and mountain rescue to guide dogs.
However, due to their size and protective nature, owners can sometimes be poorly prepared to live with them and as a result many end up having to be relocated.
German Shepherd Rescue’s Jayne Shenstone explained that people often neglected to properly educate themselves about the breed before deciding whether to buy or adopt a German Shepherd.
She said, “We had a deluge of resettlement forms for dogs purchased during lockdown, with the main reasons for the relocation being either behavior problems due to poor socialization or because the owners went back to work.
“It is also very clear that many of these dogs were bought by people who have never been a large breed before and have not done any research.”
Team dogs have compiled a list of some German Shepherds that are forever looking for their home in the Greater Manchester area.
Age: Two years old
Likes: Go on adventures wherever you can splash in water
Don’t like: Heavy traffic and cyclists
Additional information: Rocco is a lively and lively boy who is looking for an equally active home, where he can go on many adventures and burn off his endless energies.
Although he is kind and loving, he can be nervous around new people so ideally he would need to be adopted into an adult-only home without too many visitors and without other pets.
He’s not sure even with heavy traffic and cyclists, so a more rural home with a safe yard would suit his personality better.
For more information on Rocco follow the link Here.
Age: Eight years old
Likes: Pick up and chase tennis balls
Don’t like: Cats and certain dogs
Additional information: Kaz is a cute older lady who loves nothing more than being knocked and getting some attention from her carers.
She loves her daily walks, although at times she can be strong on a leash and either be friendly to other dogs or just keep her distance. She also has a playful side and loves to play fetch.
Kay can be moved to a family with children over 12 after a successful trial meeting.
For more information on Kay, see the link Here.
Age: Seven years old
Likes: Get attention from their human friends, especially when their fur is being groomed
Don’t like: Strange people and dogs
Additional information: Cooper’s sweet nature yet goofy personality has made him a firm favorite with all of the centre’s staff.
He greets everyone with a wagging tail and loves to play with his toys, especially the squeaky ones.
Unfortunately, Cooper is very reactive to other dogs as they can cause him stress, so he would have to be relocated to an area with a smaller dog population and muzzled. However, he can live with children over the age of 12 because he loves his human companions.
For more information on Cooper click the link Here.
Age: Three years old
Likes: Patient and understanding handlers
Don’t like: Too much stimulation
Additional information: Luna came to Manchester’s Dogs Home as a stray and was very scared until the handlers gradually took her out of her bowl.
Because of her past, she can react to other dogs, although this has improved significantly with the ongoing socialization work that needs to continue.
Luna needs patient caregivers who are willing to continue her training and give her a chance to develop.
For more information about Luna, click the link Here.
Age: 9 months old
Likes: Sausages and other goodies
Don’t like: Too much excitement outside the home
Additional information: Gunner was bought in lockdown and therefore had no chance of socializing outside of the house.
Although he is a loving family dog, the outside world can be daunting to him.
However, he is an adorable boy who loves to learn and please his handlers.
For more information on Gunner click the link Here.
Age: Eighteen months old
Likes: Long walks and playing with his toys
Don’t like: First get to know new people
Additional information: Apollo is a loving and loving boy who is looking for a home to create new memories.
He’s good with other dogs, but can be a little left out because he has so much fun playing, so he should be the only dog in the household for this reason.
He can be nervous about meeting new people, so potential owners will have to meet him multiple times before he is comfortable enough to show you his loving side.
For more information about Apollo click the link Here.
Age: Six years old
Likes: A good bum scratching followed by curling up and an afternoon nap
Don’t like: Other dogs invade their personal space
Additional information: Becky is a sweet and loving middle-aged dog who loves nothing more than cuddling, scratching and nap.
She is described as a “household dream” and also loves walks and new adventures, although driving is not for her at all. She can live with decent children over the age of 12.
Becky can be very nervous with other dogs, so she needs to be moved to an area with few other dogs and a safe yard so she can stretch her legs and sunbathe.
For more information on Becky click the link Here.
Age: Four years old
Likes: Playing with their toys
Additional information: Pretty Bella is looking for a new home where she can play with her toys and experience many new adventures.
She can pull on a leash when walking, but is generally a friendly and affectionate dog.
Previously, she was placed with younger children she did not enjoy hanging out with, so her next home must be with sensible older children who knew when to leave her.
For more information on Bella click the link Here.