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I had a pedigree Shepherd, male. Grew to 120 lbs. His name was Roy. While walking him drivers would slow down to tell me how handsome he was. I had to re-home him via the Shepherd Club due to my travel schedule. I think about him often. The only downside was the fur shedding. Roy was a fur factory despite how often i brushed him.
"there were problems with the breed in years past due to puppy factories and bad breeding practices. Has that been better controlled? A trainer who finds dogs for police depts nationally has moved to Malinois due to those issues with the shepherds". - JPL
Also, Belgians have a longer street life than GSD's. They are a little lighter (typically, which makes the rigors of the job a little easier of the bone structure/hips), faster, and hit just about as hard