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Winston is a long haired male GSD who will be 4 in December.  He is officially a blue GSD so his coat is a stunning glossy grey colour and he has incredible amber eyes.   Winston lives with Blue (female) who is also looking for a home, together or separately.  Winston is microchipped and was neutered at the beginning of 2019 after fathering 2 litters in Nov 2016 and April 2018 with Blue.

My knock on door was greeted by some barking and leaping at the door which stopped as the door was opened and I was greeted in a friendly manner and allowed to make fuss. Winston was gentle and friendly before returning to lay quietly, he came back several times for a cuddle.  He really is one of the most striking looking dogs I have seen.

Winston is large and healthy looking (currently fed raw diet but previously dry) and has a stunning coat and mane but is currently shedding so could look better.  He has no medical issues and is vaccinated, chipped, neutered and up to date with flea and worming.

Winston is excellent with children and has always lived and grown up with 3 young ones (currently aged 4 and twin 6 years old).   He is gentle, affectionate and playful.  He is well behaved in and out of the house and understands and obeys all basic commends.  He is a messy drinker and puts his paws in the water bowl.

Winston lives in the house, downstairs only and has never learned to walk down a flight of stairs so simply won’t/can’t.  He is housetrained, crate trained and travels well in the car.  He is a little nervous of other dogs and will bark if he sees them on a walk but can be calmed, there is no lunging or aggression.  When off lead he has a couple of times ran over and tried to nip at the rear of a dog and then runs away, not a full on bite or any real aggression but more of a warning.  He has good recall so can be retrieved in time if dogs are seen in the distance but owner has tended to keep him on lead now to avoid any issues.  I feel this behaviour could be corrected with proper socialisation and group walks.

I took Winston for a 15 minute street walk.  He doesn’t pull much but was erratic and out front weaving a lot, he hasn’t been walked regularly for some time and was very happy to be out.  He remained focused on me and stopped for a few cuddles.  We did see a dog and I deliberately walked closer and there was no reaction or barking.  A regular routine of walking at a decent pace to a specific destination/park where he can run and play properly would be beneficial.  Winston has good recall I am told but there was no suitable place to test this.

Blue and Winston are much loved family pets but following the recent breakdown of the marriage the mum is struggling to cope alone with 3 very young children and 2 big dogs. She is also working 2 or 3 days for very long hours where the dogs are being left for up to 12 hours.  They are not being walked at all at the moment.

This boy is beautiful and seems particularly susceptible to training.

Winston & Blue have been adopted together.

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German Shepherd Rescue Elite was not only set up to help as many unwanted, abandoned and neglected German Shepherds as possible, but to also offer education to the general public on the responsibilities / pros / cons of owning a large working breed dog and to be able to offer help and advice so hopefully we can become the prevention for once instead of always being the cure.

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