Meet NOVA Brisbane Breakfast Newsreader,  Ange Anderson, and Arlo the Long Haired German Shepherd aged 1 year

About the Breed

The Long Haired German Shepherd is a rare sight for many since the gene is recessive and is known to be a genetic fault. Even two short haired German Shepherds can produce longhaired offspring if the gene is present in their DNA. Derived from the old breeds of herding and farm dogs, and associated for centuries with man as servant and companion, the German Shepherd Dog has been subject to intensive development.

Why did you choose this particular breed?

I’ve grown up with German Shepherds. When I was born mum and dad had Max who was my best mate until he passed when I was 7. I then saved up my pocket money to get another pup Jake, who lived until I was 25. I’ve always been drawn to their intelligence and loyalty. This time I decided to get a Long Haired GSD as I find them so handsome! Arlo is full of personality; social, confident, courageous and alert.

Is their personality/behaviour in line with what people may associate with the breed?

German Shepherds are known as good guard dogs. Arlo is very protective of me and our home but he isn’t aggressive. He has a big bark which would scare anyone away but he wouldn’t attack unless we were in danger. He is very friendly and loves the attention of others! Arlo is also very social and enjoys interacting with other dogs – big and small. He is self-assured and likes to prance around with a stick in his mouth, thinking he rules the world!

Any Tips for someone considering getting this breed?

They’re mainly a one person dog so it’s important to be able to commit to the dog for life.

GSDs don’t like to be left outside alone. They need to be around others.

German Shepherds can weigh up to 40 kilograms and it’s a must to get on top of training early so you are in control and they don’t dominate you.

They shed A LOT!

The GSD needs a lot of exercise, generally up to an hour a day.

They need mental stimulation like Kongs, bones and interactive toys. German Shepherds are a working dog so they need a job to do when left alone or they’ll cause destruction.

How interested/good at training or obedience?

German Shepherds are highly intelligent and love learning! Training is a must. But I have found Arlo can be headstrong and refuses to do things because he doesn’t want to.

Any tricks, skills or community work?

Arlo picks up anything I teach him very quickly. He wakes me up instead of my alarm at the exact same time every morning. He shakes hands, gives high fives and also begs for food when I’m eating because I usually give him the last bite!

He’s also very good with my autistic neighbour and would be a great dog to build confidence in children with special needs.