3 GSD's? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 26
3 GSD's?

Does anyone have 3 GSD's? Do they All get along? We have 2- a 2 year old and a 9 month old and we are looking to adopt a 13 week old. But we're afraid that they won't all get along considering they're all males. We're trying to arrange a meet up with the new pup and our 2...but I'm looking for some advice, tips, etc..from ppl that have been there.

PrideofTrinitysOnyx is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 12:53 AM
Crowned Member
shepherdmom's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Rural Nevada
Posts: 5,272
I have 3 but they are spaced a lot further apart age wise. A 13 week old when you are still training a 9 month old is going to be a lot of work.
shepherdmom is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 05:24 AM
Senior Member
armauro's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: florida/ connecticut
Posts: 330
I have 3 males-2 WL one SL and one SL female- 11 months, 2.5 years, 3.5 years and 8 years female. They are not crated except the pup at night- they are free all day in the backyard and in the house. I am the pack leader for sure.
Some times there is growling at each other with the males but it is usually over a toy or stick. My 2 WLs are drivey which adds to intensity.
There is a big difference in work 2 vs 3 never mind 4- I am retired but they tie me down- no vacations!!!
armauro is offline  
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 05:33 AM
Senior Member
armauro's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: florida/ connecticut
Posts: 330
Also be prepared for bigger vet bills and food costs- the probability of health issues goes up geometrically with more dogs especially this breed.
armauro is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 07:05 AM
Crowned Member
Nigel's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Washington St.
Posts: 5,770
We have 3, but with 2-almost 4 year old SL(?) females and a 1.5 year old WL Czech male, They all get along pretty well. We keep the male crated when we are at work, otherwise they free roam about the house.
Nigel is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 07:39 AM
Crowned Member
Whiteshepherds's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Verde Valley - Arizona
Posts: 3,730
7 yr. old male, 6.5 yr old female, 16 mth. old female. So far so good as far as them all getting along.
The third was a big adjustment for me. I had to be careful not to let the two older dogs be my babysitter, and some days that sounded a whole lot better than putting in the time so she would bond to me more than the dogs. More muddy paws, higher food costs, an extra trip to the vet each year...mass chaos in the kitchen when the three of them decide to rough house while I'm cooking.
I wouldn't do it differently but honestly...having two was easier.

They all have free roam of the house during the day. Pup is crated if I have to go out and at night. There's no reason why she can't be left out of the crate except it gives me piece of mind to know a fight isn't going to break out while I'm not around. (they don't fight but there can always be a first time)
Whiteshepherds is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 07:50 AM
JakodaCD OA's Avatar
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Old Lyme, CT USA
Posts: 21,332
at one point I had 3 males and a female..No issues even tho one male was intact until almost 3 years old..age difference, well the older two were 4 years apart, the younger two were almost 2 years apart.

Up until a few months ago I had 3, 1 male and 2 females, the two aussies were/are 13/14 and my gsd is 5.

I will say this, and I"m sticking to it, I will NEVER get dogs close in age again, it's to devastating to 'lose' them so close together as they age.

Ozzie vom Kleinen Hain
Danger Danger vom Kleinen Hain aka Masi
Tranquillo's Kizzy
Jakoda's Kholee
"Angel" Jakoda's Bewitchen Sami CD OA OAJ OAC NGC OJC RS-O GS-N JS-O TT HIC CGC
"Angel" Steinwald's Four x Four CGC HIC TT
"Angel" Harmonyhill's Hy Jynx NA NAJ NAC NJC RS-N JS-N HIC
"Angel" Jakoda's Jagged Edge
JakodaCD OA is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 08:04 AM
Senior Member
K9POPPY's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 476
We have had no problems with 3 or more at a time, just takes 3 times the work, but you get 3 times the fun and enjoyment, ENJOY!!!! BOB
K9POPPY is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 08:20 AM
Crowned Member
LaRen616's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 14,340
Originally Posted by JakodaCD OA View Post
I will say this, and I"m sticking to it, I will NEVER get dogs close in age again, it's to devastating to 'lose' them so close together as they age.
I agree with this.

OP you will have 3 dogs under the age of 3 years old. They will all be seniors at the same time and that can be extremely expensive not to mention that there is a much greater risk that you could possibly lose all of them within months of each other.

JMO but I think you should wait until your youngest is 2 years old before bringing in another puppy. Let your current dogs mature, train them, bond with them and then add a puppy in a year or 2.


Sinister ~ black male GSD 3.11.09
Draven ~ male Dalmatian 6.30.13
LaRen616 is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 09:17 AM
Crowned Member
Daisy&Lucky's Mom's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 7,458
I have three GSDs. All rescues. Lucky is we assume about 12 and Chevy and Thunder who have been with us a year are 11.Weve had three dogs on two other occasions. It always felt like two together and one out. Lucky gets along with the girls one on one . The girls are litter mates so they are bonded. All three of mine have dog aggression issues but have formed an alliance of sorts.
Three seniors is intense when it comes to vet bills ,supplements all the senior stuff.

Daisy 11/26/99-7/25/12
Miss Chevy Cruz - 1/25/2013-1/29/15
Thunder -1/25/13 -7/25/15
Lucky-GSD -Rescue -2/16/03 - 03-21-16
Charlie- GSD-Rescue - 7-4-12
Daisy&Lucky's Mom is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome