Hi I am new to the forum and glad to have found you guys! We just recently lost our girl the end of July to cancer. We loved her dearly and were blessed to have been a part of her life. There is a huge hole now in our pack.
We have talked briefly of getting another shepherd in the future. One issue though that I am torn with is whether to get a male or female.
This is my situation. Kesler our GS that recently passed and my female daschund both rivaled for alpha female. We got them both as pups and they were only a few months apart. Long story short, a few years back we were bending down playing with a ball and loving on them and in the blink of an eye, Kesler attacked Tots, Seven stitches and a drain tube later, in my daschunds neck we seriously had to rethink how we pay them attention. We could never get down on the ground and love them all, there was just too much of a risk.
So for the last few years we had quite a bit of tension in the pack, Kesler would often challenge Tots by standing over her just begging for her to snarl at her to give her the excuse to prove her position.
Anyway tots our female daschund, now 8 yrs old, never actively searched out to antagonize our shepherd but would definitely defend the "alpha" role if she was challenged. She does not love many folks but never seeks out trouble.
In the other hand our two boys, daschund and yorkie are two of the sweetest dogs ever, I don't think there is a mean gene in the body.
So we come to the cross roads of male or female. Either way we will have multiple dogs of the same sex.
I don't prefer males over females or vice versa so I am good with either sex GS but I am torn on which sex is "typically" less territorial of the title if challenged by a small dog or am I dreaming. Maybe just maybe neither sex of a GS would be worth the risk but I am a little gun shy after going through it with them so maybe I am making too much of it....maybe not.
Any thoughts or input is greatly appreciated.
By the way I thought I would share a pic of our beloved Kesler. We miss her terribly!