My name is Max-Referral!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Dripping Springs, Texas - Max-Referral
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German Shepherd Rescue Central Texas

Facts about Max-Referral

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut - With Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas claims no responsibility for the descriptions or temperaments of any dogs listed as a referral. We have not met these dogs nor have we evaluated them. We have not verified any claims made by the owner or contact person; we only list the dogs to get more exposure and hopefully a wonderful adoption. We do not own or take responsibility or liability for any completed adoption or transaction made regarding these dogs. Potential adopters are expected to seek out any and all information on health, temperament, and past behaviors prior to adopting.

Max is a purebred German shepherd dog that has just turned 3 years old. He is still very young and has the energy to prove it yet he can settle down in the home easily when asked. He can be excitable without proper leadership and firmness and is currently working on self control when people come to the front door. He barks aggressively and jumps at the door. This natural, protective nature needs to be addressed in a positive way. He is much better when meeting people outside but if he is introduced to people already in the home he is fine. The door scenario and energy it feeds has not been addressed yet and needs to be. German shepherd dogs can be territorial and protective by nature so he just needs proper guidance.

In the beginning he showed more assertive tendencies towards the kids in the home... nudging, mouthing, and guarding but now he does much better about listening to them. He still tries to lay in front of people, nudge them with his butt like his herding breed naturally wants to do, and be a bit pushy when seeking attention. These behaviors are neither appreciated nor good for Max to be allowed to continue. His idea of the current pack order puts him near the top and always challenging, but with proper guidance and a leader who is alpha he will learn quickly.

Birth date: 3/7/2014
House trained
Crate trained
Heartworm negative
Good with older kids
Knows several commands
Leash trained
Good with cats: unknown, not been around cats
Not used to being around other dogs but acts well on walks when he sees other dogs
Medium energy level
Enjoys being inside with family more than outside alone

Since he lives with kids who are 7 and 9 they have friends coming over, and so a trainer was hired to help with his assertive behaviors. He had an incident with a neighbor boy who has very high energy and did not respect the breed and it's capabilities. The boy had a staring contest with the dog and Max nipped him causing one stitch to be needed. Max was required to be quarantined per city law but the owners asked if he could spend that time at their trusted and loved vets office instead, and they agreed thankfully. Again, this breed is not a Lab or Golden Retriever which have much more laid back temperaments, so experienced handlers are a must for Max. He is actually a very gentle, sweet dog who likes tummy rubs and loves learning- but a German shepherd dog is a breed that can not be underestimated even for a moment.

The time spent in training was effective in addressing many of his issues, but there is still much work that needs to be done Max, especially being more controlled with people approaching/greetings at the front door and some slight separation anxiety at times.

Unfortunately, it is in the family’s and Max’s best interest to re-home Max. Max is a very lovable dog, and he behaves well around other dogs. He just needs someone with enough time and energy to put into making him the best dog he can be. His traits of protection/guarding are not his fault, and his seemingly aggressive behaviors are most likely due to lack of experienced and calm leadership. He needs a home where he would get daily runs or exercise and where an owner would enjoy taking him to weekly training classes. If you feel like you can afford the time, money and effort a dog like Max takes, then please contact us below.

Any interested families will be vetted and a small adoption fee is required. Any applicant must have knowledge of the German shepherd dog breed and it's needs, as well as training experience with Shepherds. We want this next home to be his last.

Please apply at and include your training experience in your e-mail request. He is located in San Antonio and will be adopted to those who live close to that area. There will be no out of state adoptions and homes without cats are highly recommended. Max has enough to work on without "prey" running around the home.

About German Shepherd Rescue Central Texas

About Our Rescue Group...

Our Mission

German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas strives to save German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes from neglect, abuse, and premature death. We give rescued
dogs a chance to have the good life they deserve through rescue, adoption, referrals, and behavior counseling. We do not sell dogs. We adopt intelligent, sensitive beings
into homes where their personalities and potential will be valued.

German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. Equipment and supplies are purchased using the personal funds of our
volunteers, or are donated or purchased using contributions and adoption fees. If you would like to contribute, please read about how you can help.

Our Adoption Process...


This adoption donation helps to recover a least part of the cost of shelter release fees, spay/neuter, de-worming, shots, and other vet bills as well as food, and flea/heart worm preventative. All of our dogs are spayed/neutered before adoption, are current on all shots, and on heart worm preventative. Additional contributions are gratefully accepted.

1. German Shepherd Rescue .Central Texas does not do out of state adoptions
2. German Shepherd Rescue Central Texas does not adopt very young puppies (8 wks to 6 mos) to families with infants & toddlers.
3. German Shepherd Rescue Central Texas reserves the right to refuse adoption to anyone who does not meet the requirements listed above or who is determined to be an unsuitable match for our dogs based on the interview process, the home check, and/or responses and references submitted.
4. German Shepherd Rescue Central Texas does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, or national origin.