I have a GSD. She is mostly black, more of an East German look.
People have one of two very different reactions. The first reaction is outright fear. She is a doll and would lick you to death, but she looks fearsome. Her mouth is always hanging open, with her tongue hanging out. To me, she is smiling. To someone not familiar with the breed—she is showing her huge teeth.
The second reaction I get, 90% from men, is that they love GSDs and had one as a kid. They all say they have wanted another one, but were afraid of what the neighbors would say.
Its pretty much split down the middle.
But, I fear getting out and running around the kids on the street. Someone would either take her away —knowing how valuable she is. Or they would shoot her.
I can see how this turned out the way it did.
German shepherds are beautiful dogs. :)