Gunther is our 14-month old male. He's a LOVE--very friendly with strangers and with us. He's well trained and loves to roam our 2.5 acres all day. But even though I work from home full-time and see him/play with him several times a day and my husband and I take him on hikes as often as we can, we sometimes think he's a bit lonely. He had a temporary companion when our neighbor's dog stayed with us (because the neighbor was neglecting him; it's resolved now), and Gunther loved him. So we're thinking of getting Gunther a companion--maybe a rescue or a shelter dog. Any recommendations of what to look for in a companion for our sweet Gunther? Thank you.
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My Shepherds get along with all my assortment of terriers, and a Chihuahua and my barn cats, heck, my female Shepherds best pal is one of my young horses, they actually play with toys, the horse drops them in the water trough and the dog gets it out and they repeat this for a long time.
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If you're going to a rescue or shelter, it's unlikely you'll get a purebred dog; even if you do, the dog will most likely be the result of generations of backyard (in)breeding and won't fit its breed's standards. So, I would look much more at compatibility between individual dogs' personalities and Gunther's personality, as well as at your family's ability to provide exercise, training, etc.
Some shelters and rescues will allow you to do a trial run or "foster to adopt" program, which lets you get a better feel for the prospective dog's personality.
What was the neighbor dog like? Older, younger, more energetic, less energetic? Male or female? Shy or confident? etc. I think that will give you good direction.
FWIW, my adult female (rescue) loves beagles, hates anything small and fluffy, likes male pit bulls (hates female pitties) and hates labs. ( yeah I don't know either.)
From working at a dog kennel for the past three I've noticed a lot of shepherds drawn to huskies. Also my girlfriend owns a three year old siberian husky and I myself a soon to be three year old shepherd, and they are probably the most insepperable duo I've seen from being two separate breeds.