[nagdu] German shepherds and cats

National Association of Guide Dog Users blind411 at verizon.net
Sat Jul 13 11:52:25 UTC 2013

	My guide is a 110-pound German Shepherd and we have four cats living
in our home. My boy likes to chase one of the cats, but I think it is
because the cat likes to be chased by him! Most training programs
desensitize their dogs to cats, so I wouldn't worry much about it!

Fraternally yours,
Marion Gwizdala

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Kathy
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2013 10:46 PM
To: nagdu at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nagdu] German shepherds and cats

Hello everyone.  This is Kathy in Seattle and I am in the middle of applying
for a guide dog.  I'm waiting for the home visits at this point.
 I agree that one should get the best dog (and breed) for your own unique
situation but I admit to being quite partial to german shepherds, mostly
because I grew up with and also owned collies and german shepherd mixes.
 For those of you who have or have had german shepherd guides, have any of
you had cats in your household?  How did that work out?  With the prey drive
that some shepherds are known for, I'm concerned about our kitties becoming
a midnight snack. :)  They are large Ragdolls and incredibly sweet, and the
last thing I'd want to do is to cause them loads of stress.
 I think in the long haul, they will love having a dog around because they
sort of act like dogs themselves.  But only if it doesn't eye them with a
culinary interest.

Thanks for the advice!

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