German shepherds are good dogs for people who want a pet that is strong, athletic, active, an effective deterrent and intelligent. Breeding, training and condition of life before introducing a German shepherd into a home are characteristics that can change the disposition of this breed of dog.
Some residential areas have banned the ownership of German shepherds. German shepherds have been known to have a wide range of temperaments and aggression levels. They tend to want to be dominant when around dogs of the same sex and aggressive toward cats. German shepherds also tend to have an above average number of health risks for a breed of dog.