Judge is a 10 month old male German Shepherd, show-stoppingly handsome, weighing 70 lbs., and full of love! His original family encountered extreme financial and legal hardships, and while they gave him an excellent home, were forced to relinquish him to Dog Days. He is very gentle with people, and under careful supervision, he has been introduced to children under 5 yrs of age with whom he was a little confused, but tolerant. We believe he will make an excellent family companion and guardian. When meeting new adult humans, he can be timid at first, but with proper introductions, he warms up quickly and will give you his whole heart.
He attends daycare regularly, where he loves to play with other dogs and because of his youth, enthusiasm, and general shepherdy-ness, he can sometimes come on too strong and need to be guided properly. However, he shows absolutely no signs of aggression and remains a popular playmate with the other pups. With correct introductions and supervision, this guy can live in a home with another non-aggressive dog easily, of any gender or size. His interest in cats, on the other hand, is definitely not innocent, so we do not recommend a home with cats unless you are experienced at desensitizing dogs with high prey drive to your felines.
Judge has actually already had basic obedience training and is fully crate trained and housebroken. However, he still needs socialization work in the city and around crowds of people, as he came from a home in a quiet, remote, rural area. His trainer works on this daily, and he is coming along very nicely! He is a great buddy to take out for a patio lunch break in downtown San Diego. Continued socialization training and advanced obedience are included with Judge's foster agreement, as well as discounted cagefree daycare and overnight boarding.
While Judge is in general excellent health, he does need a special diet to keep his allergies at bay - specifically he needs to eat a raw diet. He also has been diagnosed with moderate hip dysplasia, and although it doesn't slow him down right now, he will most likely develop arthritis like a lot of other shepherds do in his old age and possibly even require surgery in the future. But there's no way to predict that currently. He takes supplements daily to keep his joints as healthy as possible and needs to also keep his weight nice and lean. At his veterinarian's recommendation, his neuter is scheduled for when he is fully mature at a year of age, so his hips can develop correctly.
Judge is available to a foster home with shepherd/working breed experience only. He tends to prefer the ladies more than the gentlemen upon first meeting, so we also prefer homes that have a loving male caretaker available, to keep him from becoming gender-biased.
In general, Judge is everything you could ever want from a male German Shepherd companion. Totally connected with his people, quick to learn, fun and active, hyper intelligent - you just look into his eyes and can see his beautiful, loving soul. This dog would lay down his life for you. Please contact Tammy at Tammy@dogdayssandiego.com if you are interested in this amazing dog!
Available through Dog Days San Diego, a San Diego-based daycare and boarding facility.