Shadow is a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix but I have no clue which part of her is Rottweiler unless it is the floppy ears. She is a wired and ready-to-go Shepherd from first thing in the morning until bedtime. Which makes me understand why police use them ~ because they need something to do.
Shadow is 9 years old but acts like a 2 year old pup. She could have easily been taught to be a working dog with the disabled, and sometimes I think I should have spent more time with her so she'd do my laundry tee hee, kidding. But she does have a very abundant vocabulary. If I say that I am going to fill up the bird feeders she leads the way to the garage is since that is where I keep the black oil seeds. If I comment that I'm going to hang clothes outside she leads the way to the laundry room; and, if I say that I'm going to clean out the fish pond filter she heads straight to the back door. Of course there are many other words that she knows and will respond accordingly.
However, sometimes when I am just talking and she isn't quite sure of what those words are, she will tilt her head and jerk it back and forth as if one ear could understand better than the other. That is when she is the cutest and I just break out in laughter.
She certainly does keep me entertained and she is a great companion to have around. Hopefully she will live to a ripe old age as her mother (a Shepherd) did because she lived to be about 15 years of age.