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Old 09-14-2012, 07:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need help deciding which sex is right for me (puppy)..... either way I'll follow the recipe I have always followed with my dogs, good breeder, LOTS of socialisation and LOTS of training and structure.

I'm a female owner and have heard male GSD's are more affectionate and loving towards women, and female GSD's are more affectionate and loving towards men. Is there any truth in this?
I'm a woman and want a buddy that's attached to me. I have also heard females are more independent and males more likely to follow you?

Also, is it true that males are less protective? I have a male Rottweiler who is very protective when strangers approach me on my walks/in the street.
Am I more likely to get this with a female than a male?




Any other pros and cons of either sex would be appreciated!

Thanks everyone
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I'm a female owner and have heard male GSD's are more affectionate and loving towards women, and female GSD's are more affectionate and loving towards men. Is there any truth in this?
I'm a woman and want a buddy that's attached to me. I have also heard females are more independent and males more likely to follow you?
I believe there is truth to it. I am female and my dog is male. When my ex and I lived together we both raised my dog but he was always more bonded to me even though he spent about 9 hours a day alone with my ex. My male is glued to my hip.

I had a female GSD for 8 months. She was more independent than my male but still loving.

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Also, is it true that males are less protective? I have a male Rottweiler who is very protective when strangers approach me on my walks/in the street.
Am I more likely to get this with a female than a male?
No, not true. My male is protective of me, he has already proven it. My female was protective of the yard but then again so is my male.


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Any other pros and cons of either sex would be appreciated!

Thanks everyone
I prefer males or females. I like that males are more silly, loving and are larger. Now that my male has matured and filled out, I have never seen a more handsome dog. I fall in love with him more and more everyday. He is my big, intimidating teddy bear.

Another thing, you don't have to deal with a heat cycle if you choose a male.
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My male GSD is very protective of the house and me and my other animals, he may seem aloof but he's very watchful. My female poodle is my watch dog, she's the one who's first to bark at the door to let me know someone is there. Delgado's on her heels backing her up right away, he rarely barks but his presence alone is good enough

I think it really depends on the dog, I've had both female and male dogs and all have bonded to me without issue
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I also wanted to add more about the female owner/male dog thing.

My friend Ashley and her boyfriend have a male Doberman, they have had him since he was an 8 week old puppy. When he was 6 months old I found a 9 month old female Doberman for them. They kept saying that there was no way that they would love her nearly as much as they loved him since they thought he was perfect and they raised him since he was a puppy. Well a couple months later, Ashley loves the female but the male is 100% her dog. Her boyfriend still loves the male but the new female is 100% his dog.

My ex loves my male, he helped raise him but he said that the bond he had with his female Doberman years ago was stronger than the bond he has with my male.

13 years ago my mom fell in love with this little GSD/Husky mix puppy and had to have her so she brought her home. She was meant to be the family dog to my mom, my step dad and 4 kids. Although she loves us all, she is 100% dedicated to my step dad and has bitten me to protect him when we had an altercation.

So I do believe it.
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What do you mean when you say the Rottie is protective?
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Also, males are more goofy while females tend to be more serious .
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I think it depends on the dog. (and i am female)

My females (have/had 2), were faster to mature, not as velcroey, but right there all the time, and knew where I was at all times, more daring, and tho I won't use the word protective, I will say they were/are more resource guardy of me.

My males were always VERY velroey, aloof to strangers, a bit doofier, maybe not as serious as my females tend to be.

I don't have any males right now, but must say there is nothing like having a male german shepherd
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What do you mean when you say the Rottie is protective?

He watches strangers very closely when we meet them, men a lot more so. He does it with complete confidence. Once he realises they mean no harm he relaxes and is friendly and a big baby, just wanting to play. But any threat and I know he'll protect me.

I'm a young girl and sometimes take him on night walks. There was an incident not long ago where there was a drunk man who got a bit lary, and as he neared towards me Kai stood put his body infront of me and lunged at him, growling. It was an effective deterrent He has a very deep bark which helps.
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I have 3 females and 2 males....they are all velcro dogs, females will follow you room to room just as the males do. The males are more needy...to the point of smoothering (not unlike human males) . The point I would like to make, however, is you stated you had a male rottie so you may want to consider a female so you have a male/female relationship.

I've always had mulitples of the same gender and I've never had an issue with it but it does happen.
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I also wanted to add more about the female owner/male dog thing.

My friend Ashley and her boyfriend have a male Doberman, they have had him since he was an 8 week old puppy. When he was 6 months old I found a 9 month old female Doberman for them. They kept saying that there was no way that they would love her nearly as much as they loved him since they thought he was perfect and they raised him since he was a puppy. Well a couple months later, Ashley loves the female but the male is 100% her dog. Her boyfriend still loves the male but the new female is 100% his dog.

My ex loves my male, he helped raise him but he said that the bond he had with his female Doberman years ago was stronger than the bond he has with my male.

13 years ago my mom fell in love with this little GSD/Husky mix puppy and had to have her so she brought her home. She was meant to be the family dog to my mom, my step dad and 4 kids. Although she loves us all, she is 100% dedicated to my step dad and has bitten me to protect him when we had an altercation.

So I do believe it.

Thanks very much to you and everyone else for the opinions so far. Big help
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