MarkMark is a 5 month-old White German Shepherd, and he is my first dog. He is very sweet and loves being around my family - like all German shepherds I guess. He sometimes tries to herd us together, which is hilarious in some ways, but that's his natural instinct.
I've heard a lot of people say discouraging things about German shepherds - that they are aggressive, too protective and dangerous. But since I've had Mark, I've realized that if you encourage a dog to go out with you and socialize, he/she will not be aggressive towards anyone without reason.
The only downfall to German shepherds is that they mature very slowly - and I do mean very slowly. They are not considered fully mature until they are 3 years old. Mark has those puppy moments often, but it's all worth it in the end. This dog is a forever friend.