I admit to being sort of an animal novice and softhearted, and finding the thread about the GSD who attacked a neighbor horrifying. Most of my life I've been afraid of dogs, because I grew up with this nasty little poodle who constantly bit me. But I gave in to the kids' and DH's begging and last summer we adopted a black Lab mix. Rocky is 10 months old now and is an AWESOME dog. I love him to bits. I'm glad we have him out here too, on my "mini-homestead" because though he's really a wimp, strangers don't know that. Now DH wants to adopt a 2nd dog, a GSD that an acquaintance is giving away. The dog is 2 years old and has had obedience training, is used to kids and other animals. He's neutered, current on shots and his crate is included. The reason he's being given away is that the guy's wife "hates dogs". The owner thought that if the dog lived outside only and had obedience training his wife would come around, but she didn't. I haven't met the dog yet, so a lot hinges on that. But I've known other GSD's and their temperaments seem to range from mellow and watchful to hyper and defensive. What I've seen is that they're wonderful with their families, but a pain in the rear or an outright menace to anyone who isn't in "the circle of trust." Whereas, by comparison, my Lab mix barks in outrage when someone comes close to his territory, but then gives up and bounds forward with a wagging tail and tongue. He's just a big loving goofball. Advice and info? Thanks!