Greater California
German Shepherd Rescue
~ It's all about the dogs ~

Our Wonderful Dogs

Grizzly We find most of our dogs in local shelters and pounds where they have run out of time to be reclaimed or adopted, and are in danger of being euthanized. We will occasionally take in dogs from the legal owner (see Giving Us A Dog), but our primary purpose is to save dogs that have run out of time in kill shelters.

We look for purebred German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) who have a good temperament, are reasonably healthy, and would make a good family pet. Occasionally we take in a dog with special needs, but for the most part our dogs need only basic care, attention, training, and love to be adopted.

Spayed/Neutered
All of our dogs are spayed or neutered, as California state law mandates that dogs must be spayed or neutered before being adopted out by a rescue or shelter. See California Food & Agriculture Code Section 30503.

** Announcement: Adoption Days are Temporarily Canceled **

Update: August 2021 - Due to the increase of COVID cases again, we have decided to pause our Adoption Day events so there will NOT be any Adoption Days in August. We will watch the COVID reports for September. If numbers start dropping, we will consider returning to our normal schedule of 3rd Saturdays at Loehmann's Plaza Pet Food Express and 4th Saturdays at the Roseville Fountains Pet Food Express. We will continue to do private meet and greets to keep our current dogs moving into new homes.



Please contact us about our adoptable adoptable dogs!

GCGSR is holding safe, social distancing, private
Meet & Greets with potential adopters.



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Meeting Our Dogs

We are not a shelter, we have no facility. All of our dogs are in volunteer foster homes spread throughout the Modesto/Merced, Greater Sacramento, and South Lake Tahoe, and occasionally parts of the North and East SF Bay areas. The best way to see many of our dogs at once is to come to one of our regular monthly Adoption Days in Modesto, Rancho Cordova (Sacramento area) & Roseville. Not all dogs come to all Adoption Days, potential adopters may have to travel to meet a dog they are interested in.

Adoption Policies

A new online Adoption Questionnaire and Supplemental Puppy Questionnaire is now available on the Adoption Info page.

Please read our Adoption Policies and send in an Adoption Questionnaire before contacting us about an individual dog.

Puppies

Please read our special Requirements for Adopting a Puppy and note that we have an additional Puppy Questionnaire for puppies under 7 months old.

Foster-to-Adopt

We have a 30-day Foster-to-Adopt program that gives prospective adopters a month to foster the dog in their home before adopting. We want to know that the match is a good one! We actively encourage Foster-to-Adopt, and may require it with some dogs. Please read our Foster-to-Adopt Agreement if you're interested in our program.

Dogs currently in Foster-to-Adopt homes are considered Adoption Pending and are no longer available.

Living Creatures

Dogs are living, breathing, sentient creatures that each come with their own personality and set of characteristics, just like people. Because we rarely know the backgrounds of the dogs in our program, we can't make definitive statements about their health or temperaments. We can only provide information about our observations of the dog while it is in our program with our volunteers.




"German Shepherds have great instincts and fertile minds. Lots of activity and exercise will make them happy, but tracking, obedience and agility games—or any task-oriented activity—will make them even happier. A bored or neglected German Shepherd may resort to chewing furniture, digging up flowers and other mischief."
- Dogster.com 




Special Needs & Senior Dogs

Most of our dogs are healthy and only require normal care. Sometimes we'll find that one of our dogs has special needs or ongoing medical issues, or is a very nice senior dog with some manageable health issues. Because these dogs will have ongoing, generally reasonable expenses, the adoption fee is reduced.

Senior dogs are 8-9 years old or more.

The Adoption Fee for a Special Needs or Senior Dog is $100.




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Special Needs

Darlin

Darlin is a sweet, black & red long-haired female shepherd. She is a lovely companion and aims to be with her people and checks in on all the members of her foster family. She enjoys car rides, road trips, and short walks. Darlin needs a home that enjoys her company and affection and that reliably give her daily medication.

This lovely girl enjoys being inside and is well suited to the work-at-home lifestyle. She uses dog doors to enter the house from the yard, and is learning to use them to go outside. Because she doesn't want to miss out on anything going on indoors, she needs her person to periodically take her out to relieve. She is overall house clean and well-mannered indoors, and her foster family is able to leave her with access to the house unsupervised. If she does need to go out, she walks in circles to signal.

Originally a stray, her estimated age was 6 years, although she is now feeling better and acting younger. Darlin is well-managed on medication for her thyroid and arthritis and had images taken at the vet that showed moderate hip dysplasia, arthritis, and spondylosis. She wags her tail when she greets people, even though a closer look shows that it is broken. She may do better in a household without many stairs required for daily use. She can climb two steps in her foster home and a flight on a road trip, and would do well with an environment that is easy to navigate. She can independently climb into a small car and climb up to sit in the back seat, and cooperates and helps when being loaded into a larger vehicle.

To help clear skin issues, for now she is on medication, a prescription diet, and was recently professionally groomed and had her coat trimmed to its current short length. Note the attached photos show how she appears before and after grooming. She is becoming more active and fit, and although she weighs in at 93 lbs., her weight loss journey may show that she is closer to a 75-80 lbs. dog.

She gets along with a well-behaved older male shepherd in her foster home and at another volunteer's home. She can manage to walk well in a group of shepherds, and can also be grumbly around puppies and animated, unpredictable dogs. A small verbal correction or slight tug on the leash helps her settle if she alert barks when meeting new people, new animals, and unusual things in her environment. (She has had limited experience with cats and children in her initial foster home, and lived with caged birds and goats at one time.)

Unlike some shepherds, she is a fairly low activity dog that only needs short daily walks and that can be managed with a pleasant voice and flat collar. If you are looking for a sweet companion, Darlin could be your girl.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Senior

Tarko

Tarko is a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix and has the energy to prove it! He came to us when his neglectful owner was pressured by dog-lovers and PETA to surrender him to a shelter. We estimate him to be 8 years old.

From his torn ear to his partially amputated tail, his body shows the rough life he has had. He doesn't let his past affect his love for people though! He loves belly rubs and is friends with anyone that will play fetch with him.

Tarko is an energetic, determined boy. He can get easily frustrated and becomes mouthy, especially towards hands. He needs consistent leadership and strict rules, and works well with praise or treats.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

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Adult Dogs

Most of the dogs come into our program as adolescents or young adults between 1-2 years old. While they may have their adult size, German Shepherds are generally not fully mature until around 3 years old. This means young, adult-sized, dogs may still be very much puppies emotionally and mentally, and still need a lot of training and socialization.

The Adoption Fee for Adult Dogs is $300.




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Allie May

Meet 10 month old female Allie May. She is a white Swiss Shepherd who is housebroken, playful, good with dogs of all sizes she's et so far and loves to go to the lake. We are hoping her forever home will have another playful dog to keep Allie entertained and provide her company when no human is with her.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Baxter

Baxter is a 2-3 yr old black male Shepherd weighing approximately 70 lbs. He came without a scrapbook of his past, but he is revealing unique features of his personality each day. Since arriving into his foster home, he is making progress with the daily human-dog routines.

Baxter appeared to have limited exposures to the world. He is timid with new experiences and may vocalize with a low grumble or bark when meeting some strangers. Because of this uncertainty, he would do best in a home without young children. Guidance and corrections under confident leadership rapidly redirect his focus, allowing him to replace his hesitation with friendly greetings and gentle wags.

With his timid nature, he seeks security in the company of his connected human. So much so, this boy will jump a fence faster than a squirrel and knock on your front door to join your side. If you open the car door, he's IN faster than the wind. While this boy has shown ingenuity to escape containment, he will eventually settle down and learn to wait patiently for your return. Upon reuniting, he may need occasional reminders to not jump or engage in puppy-mouthy excitement. Given his strong desire to be with his human, and his ability to adapt under leadership, Baxter has been accepted as a candidate for service dog training.

Baxter plays well with other dogs, large and small, but occasionally has bursts where he can play rough. Since he is so human bonded, he responds very well to corrections. His participation with play is short, and he quickly exits to rest quietly to simply observe others.

This guy enjoys his daily walks and does very well on a leash. He has learned to ignore other dogs but may whine with uncertainty. In the home setting, he slumbers quietly on his dog bed and has excellent house manners. Bring out a ball and he will show off his talent to 'fetch and catch' with delight! Baxter sleeps calmly in his crate all night. He is housebroken and accustomed to a dog door.

If you are looking for a dedicated companion who is eager to learn, this boy would love a chance to join you right by your side.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what a dog of this Level requires.

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Brewski

Brewski is a handsome Black and Tan 70 lb. male, approximately 1.5 years old. He was surrendered to a local animal shelter with no details of his past.

He is an energetic happy boy who does well meeting new people. Brewski plays well with other large dogs but can be a little rambunctious. He still has a puppy spirit and needs plenty of exercise. He is currently living in a foster home with 2 males and 1 female dog and loves to play. He is housebroken but may need some minor coaching upon arriving in a new environment. Brewski rides well in the car, and is learning the 'go potty' command with a treat reward. He knows basic commands and is food motivated. Brew will sit when told to before going in or out of the front door for his walks. He also been taught to sit, look at you, and wait before eating his dinner. He enjoys having plenty of Nylabones around to chew.

Brew would do best in a home with another dog who enjoys playing, and/or with someone who will be with him most of the time. A home with another playful dog would be ideal. He just wants to be with his people or another dog and does not enjoy being left alone. Brewski could be in a crate at night, and prefers to sleep in the same room as his human, but has done well sleeping in another room next to with his foster siblings. This handsome young man would love to be adopted by a gentle confident person who can continue to help him learn structure and rules. He may be able to be around cats but has shown some prey drive. Lots of new experiences and obedience training are recommended as well to help him gain confidence and be the best he can be. Great dog that someone will be lucky to adopt!

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Cognac

Cognac is a 4 yo black and fawny picturesque male weighing approximately 60 lbs. Like so many of our dogs, he was a stray without a story book of his past. However, since his arrival into our program, he has blossomed into one of our most social butterflies. He is curious to meet all dogs and, within a short period of time, will do his best to invite play. At times, he may become overly excited in his eagerness to engage with other dogs. However, continued supervision during his initial dog-interactions with redirection helps him to settle into appropriate play-manners quite rapidly.

This guy is endearing and will accept any opportunity for pets and face rubs. He has learned to share the human space and attention with other dogs and will 'wait his turn' (although while wiggling) for his dog treats. When reuniting with his human after a long workday, Cognac previously would jump up with excitement or display puppy-mouthing. Both behaviors have completely disappeared and are now replaced with appropriate calm greetings. A new environment many trigger these behaviors to return, so continued reminders may be necessary, especially around small children.

Cognac appears to have had limited exposures to the world and can become overly aroused during walks where he sees other dogs or hears loud vehicles passing by. Similar reactions are observed during car rides, as he focuses on moving vehicles passing by. He has shown us that his ideal life includes short quiet walks, playing with a canine buddy, or engaging in fetch with his human in a back yard.

Inside the home, he relaxes nicely on his dog beds and waits patiently with his co-foster mates during long workdays without a fuss. He finds pleasure with all human visitors. Cognac is housebroken, accustomed to a dog door, and sleeps calmly in his crate through the night. His excellent house manners make him a delightful household companion.

No cats or small critters.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Cristiano

Cristiano is a gorgeous 5 year old gentleman and ~95 lbs of pure companionship. He would do best losing about 15 lbs to keep the stress off his hind end. He is a classic, black and tan shepherd with a beautiful black saddle and light colored feathers up the spine. This boy was originally an owner surrender in 2019, adopted and found wandering this month and taken to a local shelter. Attempts to find his adopter were not answered, so we took him back when his stray hold period was up.

He tends to prefer women and can be protective of his humans, especially his female human. A firm correction is needed to keep him from escalating. He likes to be with the family, enjoying walking on a leash, laying down to watch some TV or waiting patiently for you to finish your work at the computer. He is housebroken, using a dog door with ease, and sleeps quietly next to your bed at night. He is not very toy-motivated. He just wants to be with you. He is in a foster home with a medium sized terrier. Previously he lived with a border collie, German Shepherd, a cat and horses.

Strong leadership and regular exercise is needed for this boy's next forever home. Small critters unknown.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

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Grace

Grace is a 1-2 year old Black and Tan female with a somewhat freckled face. She is on the small side at around 55 lbs. She is underweight. She came from a local shelter, so nothing is known of her past. She appears to have had at least one litter of puppies.

Grace was extremely timid when she arrived. It doesn’t appear she was ever let out of a crate as everything was new for her: floors, stairs, pools, bushes…you name it. The first time she went on a walk she spent the whole time trying to cower under parked cars. However, with time, this little girl is really blossoming. She loves playing with her big brother, Jett, and is learning how to navigate life.

She walks well on leash, but can still be scared by loud noises. She is housebroken and has learned how to use a dog door.

She knows come, sit and is working on down.

This little girl promises to be a really great dog.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Holly

Holly is an adorable Black and Tan female, about 8 months old and weighs 65 lbs. She was a stray from a local shelter, so we have no history of her past.

Holly has been great with all people she's met including an 8 year old child. She's in a foster home with an adult large male German Shepherd, a mature female German Shepherd and foster boy Huck who is still available for adoption. She and Huck love to play, chase each other and share toys. If left too long unsupervised, they do tend to tear up fabric items. So far, they've grabbed a small decorative pillow from a bed, put holes in dog beds, and tried to take other things like socks, couch cushions or whatever is convenient. Holly has learned to sit and wait when fed and walks great on a leash. She is housebroken and knows how to use a dog door but doesn't like being crated. Not wanting to be left out of activities, Holly will whine loudly if left outside alone. She meets new dogs easily and will try to get them to play. She's seen the senior cat who spends her day laying on a bed in a back room and Holly shows curiosity but no prey drive toward her.

This girl wants to be near her people, but can become a tripping hazard as she doesn't seem to know the 'move' command. Using a squirt bottle to get her attention has worked wonders with the 'leave it' command, however. With formal obedience training and lots of toys and nylabones to keep Holly occupied, she will become a great family dog. A home with another playful dog is preferred.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Huck

Huck is a small Black and Tan male, 7.5 months old and up to 34 lbs. He was a stray from a local shelter so we have no details of his past.

Huck is a nervous boy and slow to warm up to new dogs and people. Once he does, he’s affectionate and loves to play. He’s a bit of a drama queen if he thinks he’s going to be hurt and doesn’t tolerate a prong collar for that reason. He’s mostly housebroken and will use a dog door. He would do best in a home with another confident, playful dog to provide him security when in public. He’s curious about the resident cat, but shows no sign of aggression toward her. Nylabones and toys are necessary to redirect any unacceptable chewing.

Huck sits for his meal and will lay down when told if you’re eating or don’t want to be pestered by him. Formal obedience training and socialization are needed to make this young boy into a great dog.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Kenny

Kenny is a 5 year old, handsome black and tan male weighing about 98 lbs. He was adopted from us at 4 months of age and named Tug for the past 4+ years. The husband passed away and Kenny was very attached to him and doesn't respond as well to the wife. She decided he would be better in a home with a strong handler that he'll respond to well.

Kenny has lived with a female Great Dane and has other dog friends. He greets most new dogs well unless there is a barrier between them. Housebroken, crate trained,

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

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Merry

Merry is another sweet female shelter dog that came into rescue in December, so we don't have any background on her aside from her having had at least one litter of pups. This 3-4 year old beauty is medium sized (about 65 labs) and has a gorgeous, black and tan coat and big, expressive ears.

While she appeared housebroken (and has since learned to use the doggie door), other aspects of indoor living and being an active pack member seem new to her. She will sleep quietly in a crate, but especially loves to alternate between the various dog beds throughout the house. She has also been trusted to remain indoors with the other dogs when her foster mom is away and has only shown bad habits when it comes to unattended food or food-trash.

When unsure of what is expected of her, Merry will act a bit nervous and adopt a submissive posture, but she still craves pets and attention. She loves being near her human and giving kisses, but the rest of the world leaves her a bit uncertain. She is making tremendous progress in her foster home as she gets used to her routine and has started playing and engaging with the two younger, playful dogs in her foster home. Besides her two new playmates and another senior German Shepherd, Merry has also proven to be a considerate housemate of the feline members of her foster home, so she may be able to live with dog savvy cats. She has a sweet, gentle nature but will occasionally jump when she gets excited so care should be used around smaller children.

With her human by her side, she is completely willing to step out of her comfort zone and experience new things, so continued socialization and training will make her a wonderful companion.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Piper

Piper is a 7-8 month old, roughly 40 lb female that came in from a local shelter. Little is known about her past. She has has been spayed, microchipped, and is up to date on her shots. Piper uses a doggy door and sleeps quietly throughout the night in a crate. She is good in the house and has not chewed anything up at this time.

She is currently being fostered with 3 large GSD's and a Malamute. Piper loves to play with toys, and loves to run around the back yard with her shepherd friends. She is respectful of the two dog savvy cats in the house, however she does try to engage in play. Close attention should continue to ensure play does not turn into prey drive. Piper walks pretty good on a leash and loves car rides. She does not get sick on the winding roads home. This girl is starting to know basic commands such as leave it, go to bed, stay, and sit. Continued training will help her become the best dog possible.

Piper has a ton of puppy energy and loves to run. It is important that she be placed in a home with a dog with like energy to help tire her out.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Zoya

Zoya is an exotic 4 yo female Belgium Malinois weighing approximately 55 lbs. Although little is known of her childhood, this girl clearly won all 'Miss Congeniality' contests in her life. Be prepared to be disarmed as she casts her spell on you with her graceful charm and irresistible engaging eyes.

Upon entering our program, she has shared foster homes with multiple male and female Shepherds. There is no time for boredom when this gal bursts invitations to join in playtime! Despite her natural athleticism, however, she is overall low to mid-energy and will also enjoy her time lounging in their company. She does well with all dogs she meets, large and small; however, speed is on her side, so supervision is recommended to prevent intimidation to smaller dogs. If she is in possession of a high value item, she will let other dogs know to kindly stay away.

Zoya enjoys her daily walks with ease and is more than willing to join you on a car ride adventure. If you have errands in cool weather, she will simply relax in the vehicle until you return. She has developed excellent house manners with an appreciation for a comfy dog bed near her human. She does her best to keep watch on you and, on occasion, will use her muzzle to lift your hands off the keyboard so you can lavish her with loving pets. She's quite good at this, so your emails might have to wait. When separated from her people, she will do her best to come search for you including jumping a fence. Slowly she is adapting to periods of separation knowing her family will reunite once again.

She sleeps quietly in her crate during the night, is housebroken, and is accustomed to a dog door. This gal is a quick learner who would love to share her charming company with a loving family.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Puppies

We rarely get puppies (6 months and under) and when we do, we want to make sure they have the very best start in life. Please see our Requirements for Adopting a Puppy. We also have a Supplemental Puppy Questionnaire just for puppies. Yes, we are very picky about our puppy homes, since we see so many adolescent dogs in the shelters who have outgrown their cute little puppy stage and have been left at the shelter!

The Adoption Fee for our Puppies is $350.

We do not put holds on puppies. If you would like to meet one of our puppies, please send in your Adoption Questionnaire and Puppy Questionnaire! See Adoption Info.




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Shane

Shane is approximately 5 months old. He and his siblings were found in a dumpster and apparently had little interaction with people.

He is very shy and afraid of people. After working with him for a few months, he will come for treats. He doesn't trust enough to be pet just yet.

Shane loves other dogs! He is happy and playful with them. He feels more secure with another dog nearby and usually places himself with a dog between him and people.

He is looking for a home where someone has lots of time to spend with him making him feeling comfortable and patiently teaching him to trust. Another dog in the home will be very helpful to be an example. Positive training and consistency will help Shane know his place in the household and give him security.

His foster home has been pushing into uncomfortable situations, and he is improving. With patience and effort, Shane will blossom into a loving dog.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Shannon

Shannon is an adorable black and tan, 4 month old female. She was originally found in a dumpster with three siblings and brought to a local shelter. Given her rough start in life, this girl is very shy. She loves the company of other dogs but she's still getting used to humans. Although timid at times she will come to get treats held in an extended hand about fifty percent of the time.

Shannon is crate trained, but will protest in the morning, when she thinks it's time to get up. She is working on potty training. She will go potty outside, but has not yet grasped the concept of alerting her humans when she needs to go out and will potty in the house. Continued efforts will be needed in this area.

Shannon is still quite shy around humans, but loves the company of the older male German Shepherd in her foster home. She would do best with another older more confident dog to show her the ropes and help to bring her out of her shell. Regular exercise and obedience training can also help tire her and help bond her to her people.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

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Still Looking?

Can't find a dog you've been looking at? Check our Adoption Pending page to see if the dog has gone to a new Foster-to-Adopt home, or our Recent Adoptions page to see if the dog has been adopted.

Didn't find exactly the dog you'd like to adopt? Check out the Owner Referral Dogs for other dogs that aren't in our program.




Courtesy Listings

Owner Referrals & Independent Rescuers

We will list spayed/neutered and vaccinated German Shepherd Dogs or mostly-GSDs for owners or other smaller rescuers who wish to rehome their own dogs on our Owner Referral Dogs page. These dogs are not in our program and we can make no assurances about the accuracy of the listings.  

Lost Dogs

Nothing is more heartbreaking than losing a beloved companion. We will post your missing dog for you on our Lost Dogs page!

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GCGSR Dog Rating Levels

Please note there are no universal Rating Levels for dogs; this is how we rate OUR dogs. Other groups may use different rating levels for their dogs.

All German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) share certain traits, that's what makes them a German Shepherd. These dogs generally mature into serious individuals and tend to be more discriminating about their circle of friends. Most are not "dogpark" dogs as adults.

ALL German Shepherds:

  • Are intelligent, energetic, powerful, alert, bossy, noisy and mouthy (like to use their teeth)
  • Are protective, possessive and territorial, and usually won’t let strangers walk in the door
  • Are control freaks with strong herding drive (instincts), and usually have strong prey drive
  • Shed all year long, and will shed twice as heavily in the spring and fall
  • Need ongoing socialization, structure, leadership, exercise, training and affection
  • Need to be made a part of the family, and are not good as outside-only dogs
  • Need a purpose in life, or will find their own amusements by barking, chewing, digging and escaping

The Dog Rating Levels are based on the GSD’s inherent drives, confidence, attitude and personality. The higher the Rating Level, the more confident and demanding the dog is, and the more of everything the dog will require. Young dogs under 2 years old will probably mature up a Level. Don’t mistake a smaller size for an easier dog!
Note: Any dog can exhibit atypical behavior under stressful conditions.

Level 1 – Soft & Submissive

  • Very submissive, born followers not interested in taking a leadership role. Willing to go along and get along, and try to avoid trouble. Sweet, soft, mellow or timid, can easily be overwhelmed.
  • Usually Low to Moderate Energy. May need socializing, housebreaking, house manners. Suitable for senior or sedentary households, will enjoy occasional walks, trips in the car, or light play sessions.
  • If needs are not met, can become clingy, needy, fearful or overly-submissive. Can submissively urinate, can develop Separation Anxiety.
  • This level is rare for this breed.

Level 2 – Moderate & Adaptable

  • Balanced mix of confidence and submissiveness. Middle of the road dogs, fairly eager to please. Will occasionally test leadership abilities, but really don’t want to be the leader.
  • Usually Moderate Energy, can range from Low to High, which can be satisfied with daily walks and play or training time. Need some basic obedience lessons, then may need occasional refresher courses.
  • If needs are not met, can be insecure leaders and can become overly protective, possessive, and territorial. Can develop Separation Anxiety.
  • This level fits the widest variety of households.

Level 3 – Confident & Challenging

  • Confident with very little submissiveness, the standard breed temperament. Assertive and pushy, will challenge leadership status. Independent problem-solvers that will try to out-think their owners.
  • Usually Moderate to High Energy. Need a job, with physical and mental exercise regularly for life.
  • If needs are not met, can take over household in a hot second. Can become destructive or escapists.
  • This is the most common level in rescue.

Level 4 – Competitive & Intense

  • Very confident, very pushy, extremely competitive, adrenaline junkies. Usually ball, toy or prey obsessed. Very high drive and high focus, will often scream, whine and nip in frustration to DO SOMETHING, NOW!
  • Very High Energy, always in high gear. Need several hours of physical and mental challenge every day, live to outwit, outplay and outlast everyone else. Never slow down, never wear out, never shut up.
  • If needs are not met, can become obsessive and very destructive.
  • Ideal for working K9 dogs or for competitive dog sports such as agility, flyball, herding and Schutzhund.

Level 5 – Tough & Serious

  • Supremely confident, have high energy, high focus, and high fight drive. Love to fight, and willing to back everything up with their teeth. Serious dogs who measure everyone for weakness. True tough guys, will never give up and will go down fighting.
  • Very High Energy. Needs highly structured life with a full-time job. Not suitable for the family home.
  • If needs are not met, can bite and become dominantly aggressive.
  • We will never knowingly bring this dog into rescue.
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Adoption Days

** Announcement: ALL Adoption Day's have been temporarily cancelled **

From 11 am to 2 pm every month, rain or shine, at these locations!
For directions, please see our Events Calendar page.

** New Location for the Modesto Adoption Day **
Modesto
** CANCELLED, COVID-19 **

Second Saturday of every month in Modesto:
PetSmart  
3900 Sisk Road
Modesto, CA 95356
(209) 543-9176
(From Highway 99 - take the Standiford or Pelandale Exit
Next to Target and Bed Bath and Beyond)

Third Saturday of every month in Sacramento:
Pet Food Express - Sacramento  ** CANCELLED, COVID-19 **
Loehmann's Plaza
2531 Fair Oaks Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 487-9999
(between Fair Oaks and Munroe - halfway between Watt and Howe)

** CANCELLED, COVID-19 **

Fourth Saturday of every month in Roseville:
Pet Food Express

The Fountains
1009 Galleria Blvd
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 780-5555

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